You would think a reporter who has the opportunity to interview a high ranking advisor with a new administration would be jumping at the chance to ask some real policy related questions, but leave it to the mainstream media to latch on to any controversy they can conjure as Chuck Todd starts off his interview with Kellyanne Conway by talking about inauguration crowd sizes, referencing yesterday’s press conference with Sean Spicer.
Chuck Todd tries to corner Kellyanne Conway right off the bat, by asking why Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer would have focused on a topic such as crowd size during his first conference. Well, perhaps it has something to do with the mainstream media blasting pictures of Trump’s inauguration attendance from well before the event was suppose to start, all the while comparing it to Barack Obama’s “record breaking” crowds.
It’s ironic that the media would be so focused on crowd sizes, when they actually went out of their way not to show the massive crowds and packed stadiums of Trump’s rallies throughout the year. The issue became so noticeable that even Trump pointed it out at his events, stating that the only way the press turns their cameras to show the crowd was when their was a protester.
Conway get’s started right away, mentioning the fact that 11 million more people watched Trump’s inauguration than they did Obama’s 4 years ago.
“Presidents aren’t judged by crowd sizes at their inauguration, they’re judged by their accomplishments.”
“And on this matter of crowd size, I think it’s a symbol for the unfair and incomplete treatment that this president often receives. I’m very heartened to see that Neilson just came out with the ratings, 31 million people watching the inauguration, President Obama had 20.5 million watching his second inauguration four short years ago.”
Chuck Todd completely ignores her response, and instead drills Conway as to why Sean Spicer would start off his first press conference with a “falsehood” (a word Todd just couldn’t stop using).
“Chuck, we’re going to keep referring to our press secretary in those terms, I think we’re going to have to rethink our relationship here.”
“Look what happened yesterday, we allowed the press into the Oval Office to witness the signing of executive orders and what happens almost immediately – a falsehood is told about removing the bust of Martin Luther King Jr – that’s just flat-out false.”
“I’m thrilled that all of a sudden NBC News and Chuck Todd is so focused on covering crowd control, because we were mocked daily for talking about the historic significance of the size of the crowds at our rallies during the campaign… on great days were ignored, and on most days we were mocked.”
“You want the American people to think they can’t trust The White House press secretary, that’s a very dangerous statement to make. Your job is to report the news, not to give your opinion, you’re not an opinion columnist.”
Kellyanne later tells Chuck Todd flat out that, “You’ve got a 14% approval rating, that you’ve earned.”
Chuck Todd just couldn’t stop uttering the word falsehood as Conway moves to completely eviscerates the failings of the administration and the past 8 years. Todd refuses to address any of this and continues the mainstream media’s narrative of “falsehoods”, spinning fake news on the go, as Kellyanne handles yet another bias reporter with grace.
The media’s treatment of Trump’s administration compared to Obama’s is like night and day, as you can almost feel the hostility in their mannerisms as they are forced to say the phrase “President Trump”. I never recall any mainstream reporters being so openly hostile to anyone in the Obama administration, as they treated his representatives with kid gloves compared to Trump’s.
It’s going to be a long next 4 (probably 8) years for the mainstream media if they keep getting started off on the wrong foot like this, and yet they continue to wonder why the public has such a low level of trust in their reporting.