CNN fake news host Ana Cabrera asks Ben Stein if he still believes that President Trump did the right thing by skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, having previously defended him as being a punching bag. From her reaction she seems genuinely surprised by her guest’s response.
Stein said, “I thought that what Mr. Minhaj said was sickening, I couldn’t watch it for very long.” She responds with a child-like “Why?” Stein continues telling her exactly that, saying, “I think it’s stunning to belittle and attack and mock the President at such a base an villainous level and to describe him as a Soviet agent and Liar-in-Chief, especially to the media. The media is a joke in this situation.”
He says, “First of all, they’re the ones who built him up. Without the media he would still be back running casinos somewhere. He has played the media fantastically, unbelievably well. The media is not his enemy. He has cleverly made the media his main ally and the media is laughing as if they think they’re somebody great and holy and neutral and above it all.”
” They’re not holy and above it all,” says Stein. “They’re a sharp instrument of the left in this country, but Trump has managed to turn it on its head and make them the bad guys out there in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and places he was never expected to win. So I mean, they’re laughing, they should be laughing at themselves not laughing at him.”
She tries and fails to make the argument that the media did laugh at themselves, including the old standard of it being their job to hold the administration’s feet to the fire. No sale, news reader, you burn President Trump at the stake, every day, that’s a completely different level of viciousness and bias.
Stein responds by saying, “I was a speech writer for President Nixon, I’ve always been a fan of President Nixon. Even Nixon was not held up to the same level of ridicule, mockery and vicious attack that Trump is.” He somehow feels it necessary to include a comment that he wrote in an article over 30 years ago that Trump should be investigated for securities fraud, an attempt to prove he’s not in the Trump tank, apparently.
Stein concludes, saying, “So I’m not a huge fan of his, but the level of attack upon him by the media has been so vicious, I’ve never seen anything like it and every day’s newspaper has got more stories attacking him, attacking him, attacking him, they just don’t give the guy a break.”
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