Journalist Michael Wolff had a tough remark to make about presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, right to her face.
During the Newseum’s event “The President and the Press: The First Amendment in the First 100 Days,” Wolff asked her what her opinion was on the media coverage that the U.S. democracy was dying in darkness.
You’re The Darkness
The USA Today correspondent wanted to know whether she takes the coverage “personal [sic].” Even though she looked baffled, he continued: “democracy dies in darkness, you’re the darkness.”
Conway paused but managed to shrug off the suggestion that she was behind the president’s souring relationship with the press. Wolff was hinting at the new tagline the Washington Post adopted a month after Trump assumed office: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” You can watch the full article here:
In response, Conway mentioned a Saturday Night Live skit about her, playing the tune Walking on Sunshine to make a point that “Just because somebody says something doesn’t make it true.” Surprisingly, Conway is the first person in the Trump administration to make a non-negative remark about SNL.
The skit sums up Conway’s job as Trump campaign manager when she had to enter the damage control mode whenever Trump tweeted or said something controversial. Ironically, Conway was present at this Wednesday’s forum to defend Trump, but in recent months, she lost all credibility because of the falsehoods she had to resort to protect her boss.
Shortly after the presidential inauguration, she labeled Trump’s claims that his inaugural crowd was larger than Obama’s as “alternative facts” when the media presented undeniable proof the 2017 crowd’s size was smaller.
She also mentioned an imaginary Bowling Green massacre to make her point during an interview and spread a lot of other ‘alternative facts’ during her public appearances. Luckily for her, her PR duties were given to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer of whom she once said she would prefer to “slit my wrists, bleed out, put cement shoes on, [and] jump off the bridge” over having his job.
Sean Spicer’s Holocaust Gaffe
Sean Spicer was also present at the media forum where he made the headlines with a Holocaust flub. In an interview with MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren, he said Assad was worse than Hitler because the fascist dictator at least didn’t gas his people.
When Susteren asked him if he had many complaints in the media, Spicer dodged the question by saying the most media complaints were about “access… to the parking lot, to the front lawn, trees, there’s nothing they don’t want access to.”
When asked why no one in the White House will attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner later this month, Spicer replied that the president doesn’t want to “fake it” given the bad coverage he and his administration have gotten.
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