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Norman Bernstein
02-06-2017, 04:22 PM
Things are disintegrating very rapidly, for the Donald.


CNN confirmed (https://twitter.com/CNNPR/status/828651669294612480) today a weekend report that the cable news network turned down a Sunday interview offer with Kellyanne Conway.

The White House had offered Conway as a guest in place of Vice President Mike Pence but the network declined the offer in part because of the substitution — all the other networks all had Vice President Mike Pence — as well as due to what the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/05/business/the-massacre-that-wasnt-and-a-turning-point-for-fake-news.html) called Conway’s “credibility” factor.

But as Jay Rosen (https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/828032518565789697) notes, the Trump administration’s strategy of “icing out” CNN could backfire badly for the White House.

If the White House boycott doesn’t hurt CNN’s ratings, then it will have demonstrated that the network doesn’t need Trump administration mouthpieces to do well. When CNN booked Sen. Mitch McConnell instead, it actually had the only Sunday show to break real news (https://politicalwire.com/2017/02/05/cracks-form-trump-gop/). The other shows just heard talking points from Pence.

If and when Trump officials come back to CNN, the questioning might get tougher as anchors know the network can live without the Trump officials.

In the meantime, CNN will offer their airtime to other opposing views, perhaps to Republican lawmakers like McConnell who may or may not parrot the Trump administration’s preferred line.

The White House thinks its playing hardball with CNN, but it might just force the network to be tougher on them.

If so, being labelled as “fake news” by President Trump might be the best thing to happen to CNN and “real news” in a long time.

David G
02-06-2017, 04:27 PM
It's like they've never heard of the phrases --

Think it thru.

Unintended consequences.

JimD
02-06-2017, 04:30 PM
Surely CNN can understand that Pence had tickets for the big game and that it was far more important that he be on hand to cheer on their boy Tom.

skuthorp
02-06-2017, 04:51 PM
I have long been an advocate of holding politicians, and their flunkeys, feet to the fire. Ask the question, if as usual the politician's answer is irrelevant ask it again. If he doesn't answer then, terminate the interview. Every time, every party, every spokesman.

isla
02-06-2017, 06:12 PM
I have long been an advocate of holding politicians, and their flunkeys, feet to the fire. Ask the question, if as usual the politician's answer is irrelevant ask it again. If he doesn't answer then, terminate the interview. Every time, every party, every spokesman.

I think journalists should always give politicians a hard time. Here's a good example..

Conservative politician Michael Howard was UK Home Secretary (responsible for police and prison services) in 1997. His reputation was dented when a critical inquiry into a series of prison escapes was published. In advance of the publication Howard made statements to assign blame to the prison service. Television interviewer Jeremy Paxman asked him the same question 12 times in all during an edition of the Newsnight programme. Asking whether Howard had intervened when Derek Lewis (Director of the prison service) sacked a prison governor, Paxman asked: "Did you threaten to overrule him?"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyqnu6ywhR4

Chris Coose
02-06-2017, 06:31 PM
Count on everything this guy does will backfire. This guy has set up a seasoned and freshman journalist's dream. Leaks are going to flood their info pools.

CWSmith
02-06-2017, 06:56 PM
I've seen enough of Conway on Sunday morning interviews. She never answers the question and never stops talking long enough to be called on it. Why would anyone want to interview her?

skuthorp
02-06-2017, 06:59 PM
Then they shouldn't.
Unless maybe they employ a good satirist as the interviewer.......................

Chip-skiff
02-06-2017, 07:40 PM
I've seen enough of Conway on Sunday morning interviews. She never answers the question and never stops talking long enough to be called on it. Why would anyone want to interview her?

http://media.breitbart.com/media/2017/01/Kellyanne-Conway-Inauguration-Day-January-20-2017-Reuters-640x480.jpg

Her looks? Her fashion sense?

Gerarddm
02-06-2017, 08:02 PM
I have long held that a merciless satire against you eventually erodes your ability to hold credible public office as people start laughing AT you. Given the recent savagely funny jabs coming from SNL and others, I think this will start to corrode support for our current president.

I lick my chops at the thought of John Oliver's return on 12 Feb.