WASHINGTON â Kellyanne Conway doubled down on the White Houseâs war against the media, suggesting political pundits should be fired and newspapers should be gutted for dishonest coverage of the commander-in-chief and for political donations to Hillary Clinton.
âWho is cleaning house? Which one of the first network to get rid of these people who said things that just werenât true,â Conway, White House counselor, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Conway blasted the media for cherry-picking facts and for their failure to understand Trumpâs popularity in America.
âThere’s no question that when you look at the contributions made by the media, money contributions, they went to Hillary Clinton,â Conway said.
Many news outlets have ethics policies barring reporters from engaging in political campaigns and donations, but one study found people identifying themselves as journalists gave nearly $400,000 to the 2016 presidential campaigns with most — 96 percent — going to Clinton.
âNot one network person has been let go,” Conway continued. “Not one silly political analyst and pundit who talked smack all day long about Donald Trump has been let go. They are on panels every Sunday. Theyâre on cable news every day.â
Conway said if newspapers were run like corporations a fifth of reporters would be canned.
âThe election was three months ago. None of them have been let go. If this were a real business â¦ 20 percent of the people would be gone,â Conway said.
The stern admonishment for the media comes after President Trump recently labeled the press the âopposition party.â
And top Trump aide and former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon said the press should be âembarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile.”
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pushed back on the offending comments.
âThe First Amendment protects the press,â Wallace told Conway. âWe are in the Constitution. And it’s offensive, quite frankly, that … folks who have been in the White House for a week lecture us about what we should and shouldn’t do and that we should keep our mouth shut.â
Conway shot back that Bannon’s advice is: âwhy don’t you talk less and listen to America more?â
Then she revealed the wounds Team Trump has carried against the media throughout his presidential bid for constantly being doubted.
âIf you are part of team Trump, you walk around with these gaping, seeping wounds every single day, and that’s fine,â Conway said. âI believe in a full and fair press.â
Conway took issue that her statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that White House press secretary Sean Spicer offered “alternative facts” was covered and not how she “ripped a new one” to the news anchor.
After the heated segment Sunday, Wallace and Conway found common ground: “You didn’t rip me a new one,” Wallace said.
Conway quipped: “Not at all … I talk like a Jersey girl sometimes.”