CNN’s Anderson Cooper held Kellyanne Conway’s feet to the fire for accusations she and her boss have made about the network peddling fake news.
Cooper said that at Wednesday's press conference Sean Spicer said that both CNN and BuzzFeed ran with unsubstantiated claims. “That’s simply not true,” Cooper said. He clarified that CNN said it wouldn’t post the claims the way that BuzzFeed did, because there was no one to substantiate the claims.
He further asked Conway if she would state “here and now” that the accusations Spicer made were untrue, but she refused to do so.
“Our press secretary Sean Spicer was absolutely correct and so was our president-elect,” Conway said.
Cooper said that CNN didn’t report what BuzzFeed did and Conway claimed that she didn’t say that CNN did do that, but that they linked to it in their story.
Conway took a condescending tone, “I know that CNN must be feeling the heat today.” She explained that the headline said that Trump was given the information and she said that Trump never received a briefing on this information. To be fair, Trump has refused to take briefings on many issues of national security.
“You can’t say you’re not reporting it if it’s on your website!” Conway shouted at Cooper.
“You can’t answer this question: What is inaccurate about the report?” Cooper demanded.
Conway tried to pivot to blame President Barack Obama for not doing enough to stop cyber hacking over the last eight years as president. Cooper wouldn’t let her get away.
“I know you like to pivot,” he told her.
“That’s actually real news! That actually happened!” Conway insisted.
“I guess what you still have not answered,” Cooper said, trying to talk over her. “What is inaccurate in our reporting? Because you said, you weren’t in the briefing. You don’t know if what we’re reporting is true or not. You weren’t in the briefing and I guess you haven’t heard anything about what was in the briefing from anyone who was there… How can you say it’s not true?”
Conway said that if anyone on the website links to BuzzFeed that’s the same as reporting it.
“OK, again, you’re not answering the question,” Cooper said. He maintained that if the information is in the documents from the intelligence report they had a duty to report it.
Conway alleged that if it was wrong CNN wouldn’t do anything about it anyway, but Cooper said if their report is wrong they would correct it and announce they were wrong. Conway claimed that CNN has never done that about the claims that polling was off during the election. Cooper said that the two couldn’t possibly compare.
He tried once again to get Conway to reveal what was inaccurate, but he wasn’t able to get a straight answer out of her.
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