CHICAGO (CBS) — Not long after President-elect Donald Trump accused CNN of being “fake news” and refused to take a question from a CNN reporter, the Valparaiso Family YMCA has declared the channel off-limits in its workout room.
“To me, it’s blatant censorship that I find very surprising,” said Greg Quartucci, who has been a member of the YMCA in Valparaiso for more than a decade.READ MORE: Search Continues For Stacia Landon, Missing-Endangered Woman From Schaumburg
He said CNN has been a fixture on a TV at the Valparaiso Y for years.
“The timing of this was very peculiar because I think it was basically a day or two after Mr. Trump claimed that CNN was fake news,” Valparaiso YMCA member Greg Quartucci said. “I think they switched to the cooking channel.”
He said the Y turned off CNN shortly after Trump’s angry confrontation with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta at a news conference last week. When Acosta tried to ask a question at Trump’s first post-election news conference, the president-elect repeatedly shut him down.READ MORE: Iowa Man Who Had Guns At W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel 'Didn't Mean To Startle'
“No, not you, your organization is terrible. Quiet. Quiet,” he said. As Acosta continued trying to ask a question, talking over another reporter, Mr. Trump continued: “Don’t be rude. Don’t be rude. Don’t. Be. Rude. I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
Quartucci said the Y has given in to a minority who complained about CNN, and he called it “blatant censorship.”
“It is a Christian organization. It’s all about freedom and opportunity, and what they’re doing, I personally think is against what they have on their walls and against what they have as their mission,” he said.
A statement from the Valparaiso Y said:MORE NEWS: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Meets With Regional Law Enforcement Leaders
“In order to eliminate perceived political bias associated with national news outlets, the Valparaiso Family YMCA will only be showing local news channels in the future.”