Two weeks afte Donald Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway announced that she would be limiting her TV appearances after her “alternative facts” meltdown, she’s already gone back on her word in humiliating fashion. First she invented a “Bowling Green Massacre” that doesn’t exist. And now that news outlets are dumping opportunities to speak with her, she’s lying about that as well — and being called out for it.
When the Trump White House told CNN that it couldn’t have Mike Pence for an on-air interview spot and offered Kellyanne Conway instead, CNN declined. Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, made the announcement on Twitter on Friday night. The New York Times then reported that CNN had made the decision due to “questions about her credibility,” a story which was then expanded upon by Mediaite.
Conway fired back on Twitter at the Mediaite article, asserting that CNN’s claim was “false” and that she wasn’t available for an interview during that time anyway. But then the official CNN Communications account on Twitter reinforced that Conway “was offered to [CNN State of The Union] on Sunday by the White House. We passed. Those are the facts.” And then CNN began hitting Kellyanne much harder.
It was then reported by Cosmopolitan that Kellyanne Conway had also referred to the imaginary “Bowling Green Massacre” during a phone interview it conducted with her, days before she made the remark on-air on MSNBC’s Hardball. Cosmo says opted not to print her Bowling Green quote, since it was a lie. That prompted CNN to immediately jump on the bandwagon by echoing Cosmo’s assertions. The “Bowling Green Massacre” has since become a national punchline.
It’s not yet clear whether CNN is permanently done with giving airtime to Kellyanne Conway, as there are so few people able to speak on behalf of Donald Trump’s slim pickings of an administration, and none of them are necessarily any more credible. But it is clear that CNN has, for now, fully gone to war with Kellyanne for having lied about the network.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report