Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace tried to get Kellyanne Conway to admit that her team has gone too far in demonizing the press, and boy was he sorry!
Conway went on a breathless rant that likely had many pro-Trumpers cheering like it was a Sunday afternoon football game.
She started by saying the media should operate like a business, where heads roll when someone repeatedly makes huge mistakes.
The White House counselor expressed disgust that media outlets refuse to fire overtly biased “journalists” who lie or distort facts when reporting on President Trump.
While being criticized comes with the job, Conway said it’s unfair to President Trump and the public to have reporters with an openly anti-Trump agenda be assigned to cover him.
Conway pointed to the Twitter accounts of most mainstream media “journalists” (who are 90% left-leaning), where reporters tweet snarky, disdainful comments whose only purpose is to undermine President Trump.
“It is an anti-Trump screed,” Conway told Wallace. “It is completely disrespectful to the office of the President.”
If any of these mainstream media reporters worked at a corporation, they’d be fired immediately for their unprofessional conduct and propaganda dissemination, she pointed out.
Two weeks ago, Time magazine reporter Zeke Miller falsely reported that Trump removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. That fake news story was widely circulated before Miller finally issued a retraction.
Last week, reporters from leftist media outlets pushed the inane fake news report that Trump had flickered the White House lights on and off to signal to Fox News that he was watching them that morning.
In both instances, a quick phone call to the White House could have avoided the false news from spreading.
But Conway says anti-Trump mainstream media don’t bother to confirm rumors before reporting them because they’re desperately trying to push their anti-Trump narrative.
Kellyanne asked why reporters who repeatedly get facts wrong and jump to conclusions before confirming false rumors aren’t fired:
Who is cleaning house? Which one is going to be the first network to get rid of these people? It is always ‘zing,’ it is always playing ‘gotcha!’ Not one network person has been let go. Not one silly political analyst and pundit who talked smack all day long about Donald Trump has been let go.
They are on panels every Sunday, they are on cable news every day. Who is the first editorial writer … the first blogger that will be [fired] that embarrassed him at outlets? I’m too polite to mention their names, but they know who they are, and they are all wondering who will be the first to go.
Conway noted that the mainstream media is left-leaning because 96% of political contributions made by media outlets went to Hillary Clinton.
Kellyanne said most of these liberal news outlets still harbor a grudge over Clinton’s defeat, and are exacting their revenge with biased reporting:
There’s no question that when you look at the contributions made by the media, money contributions, they went to Hillary Clinton. Someone should be embarrassed. The election was three months ago. None of them have been let go.
Conway if the media operated like a business, reporters who fail to do their jobs or embarrass their outlets with snarky tweets would be fired immediately:
If the mainstream media were a thriving private sector business that actually turned a profit — which is not true of many newspapers — 20% of the people would be gone. They embarrassed, they failed to protect their shareholders and the board members and their colleagues. And yet we deal with them every single day. We turn the other cheek.
I believe in a full and fair press. But with the free press comes responsibility. And responsibility is to get the story right. That is my major grievance.
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