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The high-profile conservative women who signed a letter officially calling for the firing of Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski are defending their stance and journalistic integrity.
Fox News’ Katie Pavlich and the Blazes’ Dana Loesch joined Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” Wednesday to have their say about a video that surfaced showing Lewandowski grabbing former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields’s arm during a press scrum.
Charges of misdemeanor battery were brought against Lewandowski on Tuesday bringing about a letter signed by Pavlich and Loesch along with 14 female journalists blasting Lewandowski’s “inexcusable” behavior.
— Dylan Stableford (@stableford) March 31, 2016
The women want Lewandowski fired for mistreating Fields and claim Lewandowski engaged in a media smear campaign against Fields after she initially reported the assault.
“We saw libel, defamation, slander, smearing of her reputation, simply for trying to do her job,” she said. “This isn’t just about simply one reporter. It’s a bigger issue of the role of the press in America,” Pavlich said.
Kelly agreed with the poor handling of the situation by the Trump campaign but argued that Lewandowski “deserves his day in court” before conviction. She brought up Fox colleague Greta Van Susteren who earlier had blasted the women for essentially convicting Lewandowski without a fair trial.
Pavlich disputed Van Susteren’s assertion that the letter will impact their credibility when it comes to fair journalism.
“This is about the principle of journalism and making sure that reporters, again, can do their job without intimidation,” Pavlich started.
“That they can cover the presidential election without fear of being intimidated or harassed by Donald Trump, his supporters, and his campaign manager on Twitter, and being called delusional, and a liar as a result of reporting something that they felt was a violation of their space and privacy.”
From Van Susteren’s Gretawire blog:
It is stunning — Lewandowski has not had a trial and these women have convicted him. We have a judicial system in this country not mob rule.
As an aside, I have tried many, many, many criminal cases and I will tell you this: there is reasonable doubt in this one. This is a very easy defense case. Don’t believe me? Ask any lawyer.
And now look what these women have done to their own work covering the campaigns! These women reporters may want to pull themselves off the Presidential campaign coverage since they have obviously shown their bias. They need to ask themselves – can they be fair in all their Presidential campaign coverage based on this?
There is a big difference between waiting for a jury to decide facts and a verdict whether a crime has been committed and just taking sides and calling for someone’s head.
You can watch the full panel discussion below:
Watch Van Susteren’s “off the record” comments:
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