MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Says OANN ‘Peddles in Conspiracy Theories’ While Discussing Trump’s ‘Cowardly’ Presser [UPDATED]
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi was not a fan of President Donald Trump’s joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, accusing the White House of relying on friendly outlets for questions.
While discussing the afternoon presser, he lambasted Trump-friendly outlet OANN, whose White House correspondent, Trey Yingst received the opportunity to field the very first question, accusing them of publishing conspiracy theories.
“The president had reporters in front of him but he chose two very friendly outlets,” he said.
“The first of which, One America News, peddles in conspiracy theories, in fact it was doing so this week. I think Americans have to understand that something is wrong in the White House, where groups that get credentials, like them, with being conspiracy theorists.”
As fas as the conspiracy theories go, this week OANN shared the now-infamous Daily Pundit story that accused Parkland student David Hogg of being some sort of false actor, in a tweet that has since been deleted.
“Could it be that this student is running cover for his dad who Works as an FBI agent at the Miami field office Which botched tracking down the Man behind the Valentine day massacre? Just wondering,” they wrote in the deleted tweet. “Just connecting some dots.”
Velshi went on to say that “the president took the easy way out today,” calling his actions “cowardly.”
“On a day that he had to be held accountable, the very basis of our accountability in society, the president cheated,” he finished.
UPDATE 5:00 p.m. EST
OANN’s Trey Yingst, who is the reporter who fielded Trump’s first question, responded to Velshi’s criticisms via Twitter.
Sorry you feel this way @AliVelshi about my questions on mass shooting prevention and Syrian civilians.
Let me know next time you are in DC. I'll buy you a coffee. https://t.co/H1Ewj5Dzdo
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) February 23, 2018
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