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‘Are We Fake News?’ Jake Tapper Tears Into Kellyanne Conway In Extremely Heated Interview

Following reports that CNN had refused to accept White House counselor Kellyanne Conway as an interview guest this past Sunday due to concerns over her credibility, Conway showed up on The Lead this afternoon to speak with anchor Jake Tapper.

The conversation immediately became contentious and heated when Tapper confronted Conway over President Donald Trump’s claims that the media has ignored and not reported on certain terror attacks. He further took issue with the list that the White House sent out, highlighting that the press covered the vast majority of the attacks they cited and that some were, in fact, given heavy coverage.

After some additional discussion around Trump not publicly commenting about a white terrorist shooting up a mosque in Canada, Tapper grilled Conway on the president giving false facts earlier today about the current murder rate. Conway attempted to pivot, but Tapper pulled her back to address his questions about the administration’s attacks on the press and the president’s habit of saying false things.

The CNN anchor noted that he would love to talk about substantive issues with her and other Trump staffers, but he is unable to when they are constantly engaging in feuds with the media and spouting falsehoods. This, of course, segued into Conway’s infamous “Bowling Green massacre” comment, which Conway said she regretted but then took credit for raising awareness around the issue.

Tapper then pressed Conway over the White House’s constant criticism of the media, and more specifically, CNN. He stated that “it is difficult to hear criticism” from an administration who has little regard for facts and “calls us fake news.”

When Conway said that she hears Tapper and that she was happy to have a platform on CNN and other networks, Tapper responded by bluntly asking her, “Are we fake news, Kellyanne? Is CNN fake news?”

“I don’t think CNN is fake news,” she replied. “I think there are some reports elsewhere, in print, on TV, on radio, in conversation that are not well-researched and are sometimes based on falseness.”

In another tough exchange, Tapper and Conway battled it out over the White House’s Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, which had no reference to Jews, prompting Conway to counter with an instance of a reporter almost running a story based on a parody Twitter account. “I can’t really work up much sweat over a story that didn’t run,” Tapper exclaimed.

Watch the whole amazing thing above, via CNN.

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