WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday disputed a report that he watches hours of television each day, calling it, ‘‘Another false story.’’
The president pushed back against a report in The New York Times that claims he watches at least four hours of television a day, sometimes twice that amount.
Trump said on Twitter that he seldom, if ever, watches CNN or MSNBC, ‘‘both of which I consider Fake news.’’ The president has often complained about news outlets that he says have covered him unfairly and inaccurately. He tweeted six attacks on what he calls ‘‘fake news’’ over the weekend, saying the ‘‘out of control’’ media puts out purposely false, defamatory stories. That led to a contentious exchange at Monday’s press briefing between press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and CNN’s Jim Acosta.
‘‘Journalists make honest mistakes,’’ Acosta said. ‘‘That doesn’t make them fake news.’’
When Sanders said that reporters should own up to their mistakes, one said, ‘‘We do.’’
‘‘Sometimes, but a lot of times you don't,’’ Sanders replied. ‘‘There’s a very big difference between honest mistakes and purposely misleading the American people.’’