As if Monday’s segment analyzing President Trump’s Diet Coke consumption wasn’t enough, the “news” network devoted an additional four minutes to the topic on Tuesday.
On CNN’s “New Day,” it was the same old Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota picked the brain of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and the three wrung their hands about the president’s diet.
The trio laughed about Trump reportedly drinking 12 Diet Cokes a day.
“But what does that do to somebody, seriously?” Camerota asked.
“You’re getting 46 milligrams of caffeine per Diet Coke,” Gupta said. “Now, I don’t know if he’s also drinking coffee, if he’s also getting other sources of caffeine. That alone would be way more caffeine than he should be getting in a day.”
He said that amount of caffeine intake can lead to heart problems and irritability.
While bypassing any questions about Hillary Clinton’s health during the 2016 campaign, CNN parsed what it described as Trump’s “slurred speech” during an announcement last week.
After playing a clip that supposedly showed Trump having “trouble” saying “the United States.”
“Obviously you hear the difficulty he has forming words,” Gupta observed.
The doctor said if someone has an issue with speech, the “first big concern” is a stroke.
“Is he having some sort of a TIA, or stroke?” Gupta wondered.
“There was really no suggestion of stroke there. This was something clearly that seemed to be inside of his mouth.”
The segment was a departure from how CNN treated the regular questions swirling around Hillary Clinton’s health.
Brian Stelter led the attack on any outlet that speculated about Hillary’s status, and was praised by Media Matters for doing so.
“You know — by the way, if cameras followed me around all day they’d find a lot more embarrassing stuff than they’ve got with Hillary Clinton. But the point is it made its way all the way to the Drudge Report, one of the biggest conservative websites on the internet, and that’s why it made its way to shows like Sean Hannity,” Stelter said at the time.
“And I think what we’re seeing here is how this ecosystem exists, where something starts, in this case on pro-trump Twitter accounts, and it makes its way all the way up to some of the top shows on cable television, even though it’s really rooted in a conspiracy theory. The conspiracy theory is that she is secretly ill, that she’s not well, that she won’t be able to be president, even though her physician very clearly said a year ago she is fit to be president.”
On Monday, CNN scrutinized Trump drinking Diet Coke, as an attempted terrorist attack unfolded in Midtown Manhattan.
“U.S. News was talking about the bombing at 7:54. Nearly an hour later, CNN is whining about Donald Trump drinks Diet Cokes and watches too much TV instead of reporting about terrorism in New York City,” Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News, adding that the situation doesn’t help CNN’s campaign to combat fake news with an apple analogy.
“CNN might tell you what it’s giving people is an apple,” Gainor said, “but if it is, it’s rotten.”