Shortly after President-elect Donald Trump called CNN “fake news” and had a shouting match with CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta over the network’s report that intelligence officials briefed Trump on alleged Russian efforts to compromise him, one of his senior advisers appeared on the said channel to vehemently deny the claims.
Kellyanne Conway, the woman responsible to clean up the giant puddles of mess left behind by the incoming commander-in-chief, got into an intense argument with CNN’s Anderson Cooper regarding the dossier the network only referred to (but BuzzFeed went ahead and published on its website).
“What you still haven't answered, though, is what is inaccurate in our reporting?” the host asked. “Because you said you weren't in the briefing, you don't know if what we're reporting is true or not. You weren't in the briefing. And I guess you haven't heard anything about what was in the briefing from anybody who was there. Can you deny that what we reported, not what BuzzFeed, all that unsubstantiated stuff, which we're not reporting, what we reported — how can you say it's not true?”
Conway, as misinformed as she usually is, continued pushing her own point, insisting incoming press secretary Sean Spicer was “exactly right” to suggest both CNN and BuzzFeed ran unverified claims.
“CNN went first yesterday and BuzzFeed went second,” she said. “Our press secretary Sean Spicer was absolutely correct and so was our president-elect.”
However, Cooper was not backing down either.
“We didn’t report what BuzzFeed reported,” he shot back.
Conway then claimed that CNN actually linked to the explosive dossier released in its entirety on BuzzFeed.
“I think if you link to something on your website, you're reporting it,” Conway responded. “You can't say you're not reporting it if it's on your website.”
While the interview was still going on, Jim Sciutto, one of the four reporters on the CNN story, tweeted this:
The reaction on Twitter was massive:
Anderson Cooper is chewing up and spiting out Kellyanne Conway. I almost feel bad for her. No I don't.— Brasilmagic (@Brasilmagic) January 12, 2017
Kellyanne Conway is being totally embarrassed by Anderson Cooper as she keeps telling the same lies over and over again. #AC360— Richard W. (@IceManNYR) January 12, 2017
I loved Anderson Cooper telling Kellyanne Conway "It's not my job to have a good relationship with you." #journalism— Sean Kent (@seankent) January 12, 2017
Anderson Cooper just eviscerated Kellyanne Conway. In a live interview. Trump trolls calling it fake news. That's... not how it works, guys.— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) January 12, 2017
Unlike people at @FoxNews , Anderson Cooper believes that it's not his job to become friends with the people he interviews.??— Emilia???? (@emnercessiann) January 12, 2017
Kellyanne Conway really out here telling Anderson Cooper, a CNN reporter, what CNN reported and won't hear that she's wrong. Amazing.— kevbones. (@KevTudor) January 12, 2017