Chuck Todd Tells Conway That Blaming the Media Is a ‘Crutch’
News reporter Chuck Todd believes it is unfair for Kellyanne Conway to blame the media as a defense for Donald Trump’s positions and statements.
The Hill reports:
NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday criticized Donald Trump’s top aide, Kellyanne Conway, for continuing to put blame on the media when attempting to defend the president-elect.
During an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Conway defended Trump amid questions about his businesses and how he will avoid conflicts of interest.
When asked if the president-elect should put the country ahead of “himself and ahead of his children,” Conway said Trump has put “the country ahead of everything else.”
“Just running and, indeed winning and becoming the president of the United States, he has shown that he does this,” Conway said.
“He didn’t need to run. All the usual motivators are illusive to him, the power, the money, the fame, the position … He did it because he loves the country.”
Conway then criticized the press for its coverage of President Obama when he was elected eight years ago.
“I went back and looked at what all the press clips and the conversations on shows like this were eight years ago. It was basically debating just how cool Barack Obama is,” she said.
“So we should at least, if we’re not going to do that about President-elect Trump, we should, at the very least, trust him to do the right thing.”
“I understand every major pushback is going to be to blame the media,” Todd shot back. “That’s a crutch. I get it. And I’m used to it.”
“Not by me,” Conway responded.
During his presidential campaign and since his victory, Trump and his aides have railed on the media for its coverage.
Earlier this month, the president-elect said the “failing” New York Times has covered him “inaccurately” and with a “nasty tone.”
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