Energy independence, export competitiveness, employment — it’s all good news if you sit in a certain place. And so that, perhaps, explains why White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted:
So, there is Conway tweeting out a story from a news outlet roundly denounced by her and her colleagues. “Fake news” — that’s the default characterization of the president in re: CNN. For her part, Conway has shown a touch more generosity toward the 24/7 network. “No I don’t think CNN is fake news,” she told CNN host Jake Tapper in February. “I think there are some reports everywhere, in print, on TV, in radio, in conversation that are not well-researched and that are sometimes based on falsehoods.”
Yet just this week, Conway was trashing the network to the network’s face, in an interview with co-host Chris Cuomo on the “New Day” program. After Cuomo raised credibility concerns about the shifting explanation of Donald Trump Jr. regarding his June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, Conway snarked, “I admire your moxie, sitting there with the CNN chryon right near you talking about credibility issues,” she said. Cuomo expressed pride in the CNN logo, and then the two continued tussling forever.
To judge from what Conway and her colleagues have been saying about CNN, maybe we should take a deeper look at Kottasová’s reporting on American crude oil production. Just who are the sources here? Do they have an agenda? Could this be an instance of “fake news”? And does this similar report by the Financial Times also merit such cynicism?
Of course not, to all of that. The White House wants to tear down the credibility of CNN vis-à-vis stories that focus on the Trump-Russia phenomenon while magically restoring it for the positive ones that people such as Conway share with her 1.53 million Twitter followers. Now is that too much to ask?
The Erik Wemple Blog has asked Conway for comment, and we’re awaiting a reply.