That news has spawned more news. Just yesterday, Conway tweeted her version of events. “I could do no live Sunday shows this week BC of family. Plus, I was invited onto CNN today & tomorrow. CNN Brass on those emails,” reads the tweet in part.
CNN’s PR account ripped her:
Now for another round. Today in a White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer received a question about the CNN-Conway situation. “Is the White House willing to offer alternative representatives to networks that refuse to work with specific spokespeople?” came the question.
Spicer: “My understanding is they retracted that, they walked that back or denied it — however you want to put it, I don’t care. But I think Kellyanne is a very trusted aide of the president and I think for any characterization otherwise is insulting. I don’t think — if they choose not to work with someone, that’s up to them. But I think we’re going to continue to put out key leaders in this administration, including Kellyanne, that can articulate the president’s policies and agenda.”
Want to know what’s insulting? When public officials just say stuff that has no apparent grounding in reality. When Spicer made that claim, this blog had no idea to what he was referring. Perhaps we missed something? CNN indicates that, in fact, we missed nothing at all:
The Erik Wemple Blog has asked Spicer to cite the basis for his “walk-back” claim.
The network’s sturdy brushback of the Trump White House came roaring across social media just moments after Spicer made his claim. The implication? CNN is mobilized from top to bottom in countering the misinformation campaign that winds from the Oval Office through the briefing room podium and out into the world of media. So ingrained is this culture that in seeking to beat back a storyline about an aide’s shaky credibility, the press secretary further damages his own.
The signs coming out of CNN, on the other hand, are encouraging. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, when asked a little while back whether he was concerned about getting an audience with Trump, declared, “I think the era of access journalism as we’ve known it is over. It doesn’t worry me that Donald Trump hasn’t done an interview with CNN in eight months.” The 24-7 network’s unequivocal actions accord with that posture.