President Donald Trump’s campaign is demanding CNN retract and
apologize for a recent poll that showed him well behind
presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The demand, coming in the form of a cease and desist letter to CNN
President Jeff Zucker that contained numerous incorrect and
misleading claims, was immediately rejected by the network.
“We stand by our poll,” said Matt Dornic, a CNN spokesman.
To my knowledge, this is the first time in its 40 year history
that CNN had been threatened with legal action because an American
politician or campaign did not like CNN’s polling results.
To the extent we have received legal threats from political
leaders in the past, they have typically come from countries like
Venezuela or other regimes where there is little or no respect for
a free and independent media.