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Anatomy of a presidential attack on CNN

AP

The President of the United States, his media allies and the most fiery right-winger in the Trump clan — Donald Trump Jr. — are going after a major media institution using tactics we've never seen before in presidential politics.

Trump tweeted Tuesday morning: "Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories." The President also retweeted a random guy on Twitter named Jeff who published a refashioned CNN logo — "FNN, Fake News Network."

Why these tweets matter: They follow four days of relentless and escalating attacks on CNN, bolstered by legitimate reporting: