‘Facts Are Stubborn Things’: Tapper Confronts Conway for WH Claims on Media Terror Coverage


CNN’s Jake Tapper faced off with Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway this afternoon over the White House’s claims about the media’s lacking coverage of terrorist attacks.

He showed off how many of those terrorist attacks got a lot of coverage on CNN and told her, “CNN and other media organizations cover terrorism around the world all the time. Saying that we don’t cover terrorism, it’s just false.”

Conway said that she knows terrorist attacks with high casualties are “covered extensively,” but others on the list have not gotten enough coverage.

Tapper told her “that’s a lovely spin,” but said Trump was clearly arguing that the media does not cover these things and that the White House statement was sent out to back him up on that. He called that claim “offensive,” seeing as how CNN and other news organizations have reporters risking their lives around the world.

Conway argued that there’s a lot of media coverage giving the idea that terrorism is “not a big problem,” but Tapper was unrelenting in slamming the president’s false claim on this matter.

And on the same subject, he also confronted Conway about why, if the president is so concerned about under-coverage of terrorist attacks, he hasn’t spoken out about the Quebec mosque attack. Conway said the president is certainly “sympathetic to any loss of life.”

Tapper also brought up the president’s claims about the U.S. murder rate, debunked them, and had this to say:

Facts are stubborn things. And to say we’re not reporting something that happens not to be true, therefore we’re not to be trusted — that’s a problem.

Watch the full exchange above, via CNN.

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