Trump’s top Adviser Kellyanne Conway made an appearance on CNN’s “The Lead” on Tuesday where her interview with Jake Tapper got a little heated.
The two discussed the President’s remarks about referring to CNN and other media outlets as “fake news” and saying that they don’t “cover [terrorists] stories because we don’t want to cover them because we have some sort of agenda.”
“It is difficult to hear criticism from the White House, which has such little regard day in, day out, for facts, for truth and who calls us fake news for stories that they don’t like,” Tapper said.
“I don’t think CNN is ‘fake news.’ I think there are some reports everywhere, in print, on TV, on radio, in conversation, that are not well-researched and are sometimes based on falsehoods,” Conway said.
Tapper went on to show Conway past reporting of terrorist attacks from the past that CNN covered.
He went on to say that “[Trump] was saying the media does not cover these stories because we don’t want to cover them because we have some sort of agenda. That’s what he was suggesting and it’s offensive given the fact that CNN and other media organizations have reporters in danger right now in war zones covering ISIS. And I just don’t understand how the president can make an attack like that.”
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Conway acknowledged CNN’s coverage of several “high-profile” terror attacks, but went on to argue that the media remains obsessed with covering Trump rather than showing the threat of radical Islam.
“I sincerely don’t see a lot of difference in coverage from when he was a candidate and when he became the Republican nominee, the president-elect and, indeed the President,” Conway said.
“There seems to be some coverage these days, maybe not here, but definitely elsewhere that somehow terrorism is not a big problem, or somehow national security is all taken care of and that’s just not true,” Conway said. “I think when you’re talking about extreme vetting, he is making the point that that is in response to the threat of terrorism globally.”
“Everyday there are these sprays of attack and sprays of falsehoods coming from the White House. It would be better if they were not coming from the White House, for me and for you,” Tapper said, adding that it inhibits news organizations’ ability to focus solely on policy.