Imagine if a major news network turned down a senior White House adviser’s appearance because of credibility issues during former President Obama’s administration.
CNN saw fit to refuse President Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway from appearing on the network Sunday because she reportedly lacks “credibility.”
“But when has that ever stopped the network before?” asked the editorial board of the New York Post in a piece published Monday.
Conway was slammed for erroneously referring to the “Bowling Green massacre” as she defended Trump’s temporary refugee ban last week. She “misspoke,” and had meant to say “terrorists,” referring to the two Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green who were caught six years ago for trying to send money and weapons to Al Qaeda.
According to the Post editorial:
No matter: The left pounced, accusing her of trying to spread “fake news.” Then The New York Times reported that CNN said it nixed Conway in part because of “serious questions about her credibility.”
How rich. Just weeks ago, CNN itself spread the fake news about Russian operatives having “compromising personal and financial information” on Trump.
Nor did CNN see any reason to ban then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice for falsely claiming the Benghazi attack was a response to an anti-Muslim video. And unlike in Conway’s case, that false story was driven by intentional efforts to avoid embarrassing Obama during the 2012 campaign.
Perhaps CNN banned Conway because her defense of Trump was a solid one, the Post editors suggested.
The former Trump campaign manager stepped in to respond on Twitter, clarifying that the New York Times report on her credibility was not the reason she did not appear on CNN.
False. I could do no live Sunday shows this week BC of family. Plus, I was invited onto CNN today & tomorrow. CNN Brass on those emails https://t.co/LVOUWIytLK
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 6, 2017
But the story doesn’t end there.
CNN countered Conway on Twitter by stating that they did, in fact, reject the White House offer to have her appear on the network’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
. @KellyannePolls was offered to SOTU on Sunday by the White House. We passed. Those are the facts.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 6, 2017
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski chimed in as well.
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) February 6, 2017
Though it’s not clear why CNN would actually refuse to let Conway appear on Sunday if she was, in fact, invited to appear on another day, the network’s tough-talking remarks surely endeared itself to viewers who see CNN as their hero in the war on Trump.
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