The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters asked President-elect Donald Trump’s Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway if Trump was breaking any laws, and she accused him of being “negative.”
This implies that Conway and the Trump administration expect coverage to be “positive”, and of course that’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.
I asked @KellyannePolls if Trump was breaking any laws by continuing to conduct business. She said I was being negative.
— Jeremy W. Peters (@jwpetersNYT) November 21, 2016
This is becoming standard operating procedure for Conway, who pushed back when the media covered Trump’s bizarre attempt to silence the cast of Hamilton by asking CNN’s Chris Cuomo, “Why do you care?”
“Why take it up? Why take up ‘SNL’? No president does that. Why waste time? Why distract?” CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Kellyanne Conway Monday morning.
“Why do you care?” Conway replied in the contentious interview.
“Why do you care” and “don’t be negative”. I’d like to say these were the answers given by a 3rd grader over a lunchroom fight about vegetables, but no. This is the Senior Aide to our incoming president.
Why do you care when the incoming leader of the free world tries to silence dissent? Gee. Asking that question raises a lot more concerning questions about why the Trump people don’t see this as a problem.
Everyone is coming down hard on the press right now, and certainly the corporate media – specifically televised media – deserve it. But it’s also worth noting that the standard operating procedure of the Trump camp is to silence all questions and act as if it’s outrageous that the press would even ask.
Don’t be negative, y’all. Cuz the press is supposed to operate like Putin’s RT. Only positive stories about Dear Leader, kthankx.
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