A Washington post columnist is calling on news outlets to ban White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
In a new column, Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan questions the point of giving a platform to “liars,” using Conway as an example of those who should be kept off the airwaves.
“It’s time…for the mainstream media to enter the No Kellyanne Zone. And that goes far beyond banning her, or any particular adviser, from cable interview shows,” Sullivan wrote.
In a world awash in disinformation, there’s no ‘both sides’ to the truth. The media must stop enabling liars. My column https://t.co/GoB3WeYybf
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) December 17, 2018
“The news media continues — even now when it should know better — to be addicted to ‘both sides’ journalism. In the name of fairness, objectivity and respect for the office of the presidency, it still seems to take Trump — along with his array of deceptive surrogates — at his word, while knowing full well that his word isn’t good,” she continued.
“When news organizations hand a megaphone to lies — or liars — they do actual harm. What the president himself says must be reported, of course, but only within the context of what we know,” Sullivan wrote. “To state it without immediate, adjacent reference to factual reality is to enter the Kellyanne Zone.”
A lot of my email, in response to this column, has been ‘you’re trying to shut down opposing views.’ Not so. But I am trying to inhibit the spread of ‘alternative facts.’ https://t.co/Jqn6f8bJ9N
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) December 18, 2018
A recent appearance by Conway on CNN turned into a fiery exchange with Chris Cuomo over the “hush money” allegedly paid by President Trump to two women years ago.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 14, 2018
CNN hosts then debated the wisdom of inviting the White House counselor – and the woman who successfully ran Trump’s election campaign – back on the air.
.@oliverdarcy says if Kellyanne Conway wanted to come on CNN and have genuine discussions rooted in facts, that would be one thing. “But it’s very clear that when she does come on she’s aiming to deflect, she’s deceiving the audience, she’s spreading misinformation…” pic.twitter.com/VS3ce2INbG
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) December 16, 2018
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) December 16, 2018
And while there was no shortage of Trump critics who agreed with the assessment by Sullivan and others of Conway and other administration officials, others were appalled at the boldness of liberal media pundits who look to shut down views opposing their own.
banished?….is this America ?
— Kyle Franklin (@frnklns4k) December 18, 2018
And here I thought Trump was the authoritarian…
— Tyler Olea (@Tyler_Olea) December 18, 2018
Your ideas are so good every other idea has to be illegal, amiright?
— The Forever King (@Buttchugsalot) December 18, 2018
While your desire is high-minded on its face, the American public is rightfully skeptical of your ability to properly decide what is and is not “alternative facts.” That is why your idea is terrible.
— Tim Chandler (@TimLChandler) December 18, 2018
Where were your columns like this during the last presidency?
— Mark Ashworth (@marklarflash) December 18, 2018
Margaret Sullivan of the Washington post is a Democrat Hack. How she can call someone a liar without looking at herself is laughable. Her opinion is her opinion and not fact.
— TB (@TBerry49) December 18, 2018
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