Sunday, 5 November 2017

'Stop being so jealous of Fox News': Kellyanne Conway clashes with CNN anchor in heated 20-minute interview


CNN's Brian Stelter grilled White House adviser Kellyanne Conway about the AT&T merger, Russia probe, and President Donald Trump's credibility.
Conway criticized CNN's coverage of the administration.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway clashed with CNN's Brian Stelter in a contentious interview on Sunday about President Donald Trump's trustworthiness and credibility.

In a nearly 20-minute interview, Stelter solicited responses from Conway about the president's low credibility numbers, approval ratings, and Trump's reaction to the Department of Justice's independent Russia probe.

Instead, Conway repeatedly deflected his questions, criticizing Democrats and CNN's coverage of the administration.

"You're talking about CNN, instead of President Trump," Stelter said after Conway deflected questions about Trump's credibility by citing the strength of the stock market.

"I'm happy to talk about President Trump," she responded. "You interrupted me because of what CNN refuses to cover about President Trump."

Conway repeatedly mocked CNN's slogan "Facts First," and dismissed a question on whether Trump was attempting to stop the AT&T-Time Warner merger, calling Stelter's question "poison" for viewers, and saying she hadn't talked to Trump about the deal because it was "not important to what we're doing here."

She argued that CNN was writ-large opposed to Trump, and accused Stelter of being jealous of Fox News' ratings, a common tactic used by the president's backers to deflect from tough questions on CNN.

"I understand you don't want an adversarial media," Stelter said. "I guess you want everyone to be like Fox News."

"No, that's not true. I want an honest media," Conway said. "Stop being so jealous of Fox News, Brian, and their ratings. I think it would help a little bit if you dropped the jealousy."

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