CNN’s Senior Media Reporter Brian Stelter made an interesting and salient point regarding the political reaction to President Trump’s harsh and vulgar tweets directed at Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on CNN’s New Day this morning.
The observation was in response to co-host Chris Cuomo‘s assertion that responses from Republican leaders can be “equally appalling.” He cited House Speaker Paul Ryan, specifically calling him “a man who stakes himself on family values, supposed to be a leader, the speaker of the house” before paraphrasing Ryan as saying “the tweet is inappropriate..but I’m here to focus on my job.” Cuomo asked Stelter if that is the “right way to lead in this situation?”
“It’s not leadership” he said, before adding “ If we talk about the word leadership, there’s a lot of people like President Trump that watch television coverage of themselves, public officials who get angry at the TV,” adding “leadership means not yelling back, not going as low as the people commenting on you.”
Amen to that.
Stelter continued by noting that many Republican politicians said “as little as possible or make understatements ” about Trump’s tweets, before the rest of the segment did a deep dive into the media response to Trump’s tweets.
Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.
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