The CNN gremlins got the last laugh after Bernie Sanders sarcastically called the network “fake news” on air Friday night.
Sanders was appearing on Erin Burnett OutFront last night discussing — what else — Donald Trump’s supposed relationship with Russia.
After playing a clip of the president saying he was unaware of discussions his National Security Advisor reportedly had with the adversary, Sanders was asked if it was a problem and he said, “Well, I don’t know. Maybe he was watching CNN fake news. What do you think?” he said with the smirk, apparently attempting to crack a joke.
After an awkward silence, and Burnett smiling and saying, “You don’t buy it…” Sanders replied, “That was a joke.”
But the mystery gremlins apparently didn’t find it funny.
Instantaneously, Sanders earpiece stopped working.
“You don’t buy what he said, obviously,” Burnett continued.
Sanders sat staring, mouth agape.
“Erin?” he said.
“Yes,” she responded. “I’m sorry, senator, you obviously don’t buy what he said.”
“Are we on?” Sanders said, looking off camera.
“Looks like we lost connection with Sen. Sanders so let’s try to get that back up,” Burnett concluded before going to a commercial break.
On Sunday morning, President Trump weighed in on the strange occurrence.
While on FAKE NEWS @CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network. They said technical difficulties!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
“While on FAKE NEWS CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network. They said technical difficulties!” Trump tweeted.
In November, CNN mysteriously lost the satellite feed as a Muslim woman was defending her vote for Donald Trump.
Asra Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and a co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, was critiquing Hillary Clinton surrogate Khizr Khan and his wife on the network.
Referring to Trump, Nomani said, “He expresses a truth that people speak.
“I sat, watched the Democratic convention, and as I watched the soldier’s family speak, I saw the husband speak, I wondered to myself, who is that woman. She wasn’t even introduced by the DNC if you look back at the tape,” she said, referring to Khan’s wife who stood by his side but never spoke.
“We didn’t even know her name, we didn’t know her identity. And so I’m a woman who fights for rights within our Muslim community and I wondered the same thing, why was she silent,” Nomani said.
“Mr. Khan said she was silent because she would have been overcome by grief to talk about her dead son,” host Carol Costello responded.
“Absolutely,” Nomani said. “Oh my gosh, I am so –” she began before the feed disappeared.
“After a couple moments of silence, Costello said, “Oh my goodness. It’s a bad Skype connection and I apologize for that but I’d like to thank Asra Nomani for coming on and sharing her views because I think it’s important to hear from every kind of American citizen at this tense time in our country.”
CNN gremlins struck in July as a reporter was critiquing Hillary Clinton’s crime record.
Just as reporter Brianna Keilar was appearing live from Hillary’s speech in Springfield, Illinois, the feed suddenly ended.
“Largely Hillary Clinton’s comments here today, John, were based around the recent violence that we have seen,” Keilar reported.
“The police-involved shootings of black men in Minnesota, in Louisiana, and the killing of white police officers by a black gunman in Dallas. That was really what she based her comments on around today.
“And remember Hillary Clinton has some vulnerabilities herself.
“Even as she calls for criminal justice reform because of her support in the 1990s for anti-crime legislation that ultimately helped contribute to this era of mass incarceration that she now speaks out again–,” Keilar was saying.
The screen suddenly went black with only the graphics — referring to Donald Trump as “dangerous” — remaining.
“We just lost Brianna Keilar who was in Springfield, Illinois where Hillary Clinton just spoke,” anchor John Berman said, before moving on.