On The Five today, Jesse Watters was on The Five today, and he used a discussion about Michael Wolff‘s new book in order to hold a referendum on CNN’s journalistic standards.
The commotion began as the panel conversed about Steve Bannon‘s (rejected) apology to Donald Trump for his harsh statements about the president’s children. As the conversation moved ahead, Watters noted that much of the media was recently swept up in the revelations from Wolff’s book, and yet, there are outstanding questions about Wolff’s credibility and the book’s admission of possibly not being completely accurate.
This was the part where Watters started bashing CNN, with a little help from Kimberly Guilfoyle.
“The whole thing doesn’t make sense, especially saying that all of the Trump family thought their father was a loser and insane and not a good guy. It’s so erroneous, and so CNN comes out…and says the book is riddled with inaccuracies, sloppy, shoddy reporting, but it rings true… Rings true is the standard at CNN? That’s fake news. That’s why they get into so much trouble and have to fire people.”
Earlier today, Wolff defended his book and said, “If it rings true, it is true.”
Watters proceeded to spar with Juan Williams about the book’s credibility, particularly since Bannon gave Wolff on-the-record statements and significant White House access.
We should note that on CNN today, prior to Watters’ comments, Jake Tapper talked about approaching Wolff’s book with skepticism because it’s “riddled with errors and rumors.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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