The Jake Tapper Interview That Crushed Kellyanne Conway’s Soul

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Either top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is becoming a kinder and gentler version of herself or CNN’s Jake Tapper just handed Conway her hat. Appearing on the news channel that President Donald Trump officially considers “fake news,” Conway apologized and expressed remorse for citing a phony massacre and acknowledged that not all mainstream media are fake.

“I don’t think CNN is ‘fake news.’ I think there are some reports everywhere, in print, on TV, on radio, in conversation, that are not well-researched and are sometimes based on falsehoods,” Conway said.

This push is part of a new Kellayanne Conway, who’s “trying to reach out” to media outlets Trump has called fake news, including CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times, and “put out the olive branch.”


At one point it seemed as if Conway even acknowledged that the president was a liar, noting that while he does spread falsehoods, he still does good.

“Are they [falsehoods] more important than the many things that he says that are true that are making a difference in people’s lives?” she said.

Tapper held Conway’s feet to the flame the entire interview.

“Every day there are these sprays of attack and sprays of falsehoods coming from the White House,” he said. “It would be better if they were not coming from the White House, for me and for you.”


Tapper then asked Conway about a list of tragedies from around the globe that Trump claimed the media didn’t cover. Tapper showed receipts, including an eight-box screen showing CNN in the locations listed by the White House, to prove that CNN had indeed been there.

Conway responded: “Obviously, the very sad incidents that you’ve related ... frankly, CNN did amazing coverage for weeks at a time.”


When the subject moved to Conway’s admonishment of the media for not covering the “Bowling Green Massacre,” which is totally made up and never happened, Conway fell on her sword.

“I regretted it tremendously,” Conway said of blasting the media for not covering a tragedy that didn’t occur. “I felt really badly about that.”


Watch the full interview below:

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People don’t show respect to Trump because he doesn’t respect others. How is that so hard for them to understand?

If his administration would stop lying and saying bad things about Blacks, immigrants, LGBT, women, and everyone else I missed then he would be treated with respect. Literally, that’s all people want from the Trump administration. Stop lying. Stop offending Americans. A lot of people gave him a chance, and he dropped a bomb on that olive branch.