CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday over the president’s claim that the “very dishonest press” refuses to report on terror attacks, at one point telling the top Donald Trump adviser “it’s offensive” to the journalists currently risking their lives to cover these tragedies.
After discussing the moral equivalency the president drew between Russia and the United States, Tapper turned his attention to the president’s controversial attack on the media, which Trump continued Monday at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
“[Terrorism] is not even being reported,” Trump said during that speech, arguing "in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it"
“They have their reasons and you understand that,” the president added.
“After he said that, the White House released a list of the attacks that he was supposedly referring to as, in his words, not even being reported, I want to put some footage of CNN reporters covering attacks that were on that list,” Tapper told Conway, rolling several videos of he and his colleagues on location during these events.
“Saying that we don’t cover terrorism, that’s just false,” Tapper said.
Conway tried to argue the issue is that people shouldn’t become inured to before complaining about the inordinate amount of coverage Trump received on the campaign trail.
“That’s a lovely spin, but that’s not what he was saying Kellyanne,” Tapper shot back, noting the president was alleging the media is purposely avoiding talking about these attacks.
“It’s offensive given the fact that CNN and other media organizations have reporters in danger right now, in war zones, covering ISIS,” Tapper said.
The CNN host then turned to the hypocrisy over Trump not mentioning the deadly attack last month at a mosque in Quebec City, that was carried out by a white nationalist supporter of Trump.
“President Trump has not said or tweeted one public word about this,” Tapper noted, asking, “You want to talk about ignoring terrorism, why hasn’t the president offered his sympathy to our neighbors in the north?”
The conversation continued with Tapper pressing Conway to explain why Trump continues to rage against the media, why she pushed the false “Bowling Green Massacre” narrative to bolster Trump’s immigration ban, and whether she considers CNN to be "fake news."
Watch the contentious interview below, via CNN: