Monday, January 30, 2017

Conway Doubles Down On "Opposition Party"

Kellyanne Conway doubled down on the White House’s war against the media, suggesting political pundits should be fired and newspapers should be gutted for dishonest coverage of the commander-in-chief and for political donations to Hillary Clinton, reports The NY Post.

“Who is cleaning house? Which one of the first network to get rid of these people who said things that just weren’t true,” Conway, White House counselor, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Conway blasted the media for cherry-picking facts and for their failure to understand Trump’s popularity in America.

“There’s no question that when you look at the contributions made by the media, money contributions, they went to Hillary Clinton,” Conway said.

Many news outlets have ethics policies barring reporters from engaging in political campaigns and donations, but one study found people identifying themselves as journalists gave nearly $400,000 to the 2016 presidential campaigns with most — 96 percent — going to Clinton.

“Not one network person has been let go,” Conway continued. “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’re on cable news every day.”

Conway said if newspapers were run like corporations a fifth of reporters would be canned.

The exchange starts at the 12:19 Time Mark;

The stern admonishment for the media comes after President Trump recently labeled the press the “opposition party.”

And top Trump aide and former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon said the press should be “embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile.”

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pushed back on the offending comments.

“The First Amendment protects the press,” Wallace told Conway. “We are in the Constitution. And it’s offensive, quite frankly, that … folks who have been in the White House for a week lecture us about what we should and shouldn’t do and that we should keep our mouth shut.”

Conway shot back that Bannon’s advice is: “why don’t you talk less and listen to America more?”

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