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Trump tweets CNN is peddling fake news (no, not about Russia)

Commentary: Saturday sees the president-elect address what, for him, is the most important news.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Passion? Or diversion?

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The most monitored area of the web isn't the Democratic National Convention email service. It's Donald Trump's Twitter account.

Only there can everyone see what the president-elect is thinking about. Or, perhaps, what he'd like people to think he's thinking about.

On Saturday morning, the president-elect was really unhappy about fake news. There's been great concern that news that's entirely false influenced the election.

Is the president-elect mortified that this will cast a pall on his momentous victory? Not quite.

There's something more important: Trump's role on "The Celebrity Apprentice."

While some feel this show should be turned into a reality show about the presidency, Trump is concerned that people are misconstruing his continued role on the show, now that he will be the leader of the free world.

He tweeted: "Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are ridiculous & untrue - FAKE NEWS!"

As far as I can tell, it was Variety that first reported Trump might have a continuing role on the show. Yet here was CNN -- aka the Clinton News Network -- being pilloried for asking Trump's spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway about the matter.

In another tweet, Trump underlined: "I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!" (Mark B is Mark Burnett.)

CNN didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it is involved in alleged fake news.

Those who believe Twitter is merely diversionary for Trump -- a means by which he regularly incites the passions of his supporters and the bile of his detractors -- will see a knee-jerk covert strategy.

The tweet was emitted just as the Washington Post reported that the CIA has concluded that individuals connected to Russia hacked the DNC's emails and passed them onto WikiLeaks for airing.

It's possible that this tweet was written in haste, as those who saw the original version (now deleted) say that Trump misspelled "ridiculous," preferring "rediculous."

I suspect at least one psychologist will see the incursion of the "red" as a clear indication that Trump has Russia very much on his mind.