CNN hosts are responding to President Donald Trump’s suggestion that CNN’s live broadcast of the Super Bowl could be a “disaster” and he is wrong.
On Thursday, CNN host Jake Tapper told viewers that the network has no plans to broadcast the Superbowl this year.
“The Super Bowl is not going to happen,” Tapper said.
“It is not happening.
We are not doing it.
We do not need another Super Bowl, and we’re not going any further.”
Tapper added, “It’s a bad idea.
It’s a terrible idea.
We just need to do it right.
We don’t have to be afraid of something that could happen to us, and that’s not going on right now.”
Trump tweeted out the same statement Thursday afternoon, saying he has “no interest” in “a repeat of the mistakes of past years.”
He also suggested that CNN should cancel the game.
“If the network is unable to broadcast a Super Bowl for the next 10 years because of the President’s statements, I hope that the Networks CEO will find another network to cover the game,” Trump wrote.
“I will certainly be watching closely as they do.”CNN’s Jake Taper, center, and Jim Acosta, left, are seen during the first day of the White House press briefing on Feb. 2, 2021, in Washington.
(Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)Tapper and Acosta joined other anchors and other CNN employees to make the same remarks during the news conference.
“I don’t know why we would be covering a Superbowl.
I don’t understand the idea,” Tappers tweeted.
“We are a news organization, we’re supposed to be covering the news.
We’re not a propaganda outlet, but we are a very professional news organization.””
We don-t need another year of Super Bowls.
We have no interest in a repeat of past Super Bowl games,” Acosta said.CNN said it will not be doing the Superbow.”
We are in the business of covering the NFL and we do not want to get in the way of the NFL’s business,” CNN said in a statement.”
The President’s suggestion of canceling the SuperBowl would have no effect on the NFL or the league’s plans to host a game in 2021.
The Super Bowl will not go ahead in 2021 because of Trump’s actions,” the network added.”CNN will not participate in this year’s Super Bowl or in any future Super Bowl events, including the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 or 2022 games.”
Talks between Trump and NFL officials have been ongoing.
A statement from the NFL said it “agreed to discuss the matter” with the president.