White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway and host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter, engaged in a verbal sparring match Sunday morning about the news network’s perceived left-leaning bias and the Trump administration’s tendency to pivot to Hillary Clinton when confronted with negativity.
Stelter opened discussion about the ongoing investigation into possible Russia tampering with the 2016 election, only for Conway to take the frequent route taken by WH pundits by quickly changing the subject to Clinton’s campaign.
“There was this feeling of inevitability and smugness over in Brooklyn that they didn’t have to campaign on the issues, that they didn’t have to campaign hard,” Conway said. “So there would be no reason to talk to Moscow.”
Stelter jumped in, saying, “I think viewers see what you are doing: pivoting. When I say Russia, you say Clinton. It’s part of a strategy.”
The host and the WH advisor exchanged back-and-forth blows, with Stelter injecting, “Just jab, jab, jab. You just love to beat on Hillary Clinton. It’s boring, it’s outdated, it’s history.”
Conway pushed back, calling into question CNN’s ratings and “anti-Trump” stance, as she put it. “Just say, you know, ‘We’re doing better in the ratings, we’re getting better ad revenues because we’re one of the more anti-Trump than down-the-line outlets.’ Just own it! I think it’s okay to do that.”
Stelter hit back, saying, “We’re not anti-Trump, Kellyanne. We’re pro-truth. We are pro-honesty. We’re pro-decency, and this is a tough moment in American history for people that support facts and decency.”
Watch their exchange below.
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