Jake Tapper isn’t buying Kellyanne Conway’s latest defense of Donald Trump.
Tapper on Tuesday called out the White House for accusing the media of underreporting terror attacks by playing footage of CNN reporters on the scene at those events. In response, Conway explained that the president wasn’t saying that every incident is minimized, but that covering major attacks is making the media “inured” to some of the less deadly events.
“That’s a lovely spin, but that’s not what he was saying, Kellyanne,” Tapper said. “He was saying the media does not cover these stories… it’s offensive given that CNN and other media organizations have reporters in danger right now in war zones covering ISIS.”
Tapper also pressed Conway on Trump’s constant criticism of the media as “fake news.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flyW41U7XPw“Are we fake news, Kellyanne?” he asked her. “Is CNN fake news?”
“No, I don’t think CNN is fake news,” Conway said. “I think there are some reports elsewhere, in print, on TV, on radio, in conversation that are not well-researched and are sometimes based on falseness.”
“How about the president’s statements that are false?” Tapper said. “Like the murder rate is the highest it’s been in almost half a century? False. How about the fact that the media doesn’t report on terrorist attacks? False… I’m talking about the president of the United States saying things that are not true, demonstrably not true. That is important.”
Watch the full interview below: