Must Read: Journalists FURIOUS After Trump Embarrasses Them

PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 01: Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speaks to the media at the Mar-A-Lago Club on March 1, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump held the press conference after the closing of Super Tuesday polls in a dozen states. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Members of the media were upset with Donald Trump this morning after he played them like a fiddle…

According to reports:

“Journalists lashed out at Donald Trump on Friday after the GOP presidential nominee used his “major announcement” to get more than 25 minutes of free airtime on major cable news networks.

Trump had hyped a statement he would deliver Friday in Washington about whether he believes President Obama was born in the U.S.

By The Hill’s count, 26 minutes elapsed as pro-Trump military members spoke on the businessman’s behalf. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News carried the event from its beginning shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern.

After 20 minutes, Trump — who was on camera to the right of the podium — still hadn’t spoken about the “birther” controversy as he received endorsements and praise from members of the military on hand.

Around that time, the cable networks began airing audio of their anchors speaking, though they kept the video of the event onscreen. CNN cut away first, about 21 minutes into the event, with Fox News and MSNBC following suit a minute later. About five minutes after that, Trump stepped to the podium to make a short four-line statement:

“Hillary Clinton in her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”

Trump then left without taking questions. Media figures offered harsh criticism for the event.”