CNN, the Rodney Dangerfield of cable news networks, just can't seem to get any respect at all these days from elected officials and others who have just had enough of its garbage.

The little news-net that couldn't got a double dose of disrespect on Thursday when both President Trump and U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-Arizona) boxed the ears of two of their key government correspondents. How sweet it was.

First CNN's White House antagonist Jim Acosta, known for making an ass out of himself during press conferences and while covering the president, was stunningly obedient when Trump told him to be quiet. Acosta interrupted as Trump was answering questions during a press conference in the Oval Office, prompting Trump to respond, "Quiet!"

A little later in the day, McSally, while strolling through the Capitol building, refused to take questions from CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju, calling him a “liberal hack.” This affront caused CNN Wolf Blitzer a great deal of angst as he rushed to defend Raju against the mean old Republican's attack.

"It was disgusting, it was awful. She should know better," Blitzer said. "Certainly, you’re one of the most respected congressional reporters up on Capitol Hill."

Puh-leez!

CNN is a hack operation. The sleazy outfit makes no effort to hide its anti-administration agenda and seems to enjoy its tawdry tabloid image. For anyone at CNN to be offended by being called out is laughable. CNN's reputation for being "fake news" is legendary.

Kudos to Senator McSally for saying out loud what so many others wish they had the guts to say. CNN reporters have a right to ask questions of the newsmakers, but those newsmakers also have a right to refuse to answer those questions.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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