Tapper was one of the first reporters to ask a question on the topic a couple weeks ago, so we got an update on where things stand in his mind.
“It’s not a focus of my life, the rivalry between the White House and Fox News,” said Tapper. But:
The one thing I’ll say is I wish I had been here for the last year of the Bush administration, because I would have asked the same thing about them going after MSNBC and NBC or attacking the New York Times as unpatriotic or whatever. And I didn’t have that opportunity to do it, but this really had a lot more to do with questions about whether any White House should declare any media organization is or is not legitimate, and has nothing to do with if I even agree with the White House’s assessment.
Tapper also weighed in, diplomatically, about some strong reaction to Tuesday’s elections on cable news: “When it comes to cable I think, in general, they have 24 hours to fill and there are a lot of people on TV who would, how do I say this, would benefit from reading more.”
Here’s the full show, with Tapper’s interview starting around the nine minute mark:
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