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Video || Trump Cuts Off CBS Interview After Being Hectored About Obama

It looks like CBS Face the Nation host John Dickerson knew he was at the end of his time with President Trump and figured he would do a little showboating and drop all pretense of respect for the presidency.

In an interview that was broadcast Monday on CBS This Morning, Dickerson can be seen basically trying to get Trump to say something nasty about Barack Obama, which of course would be an exciting thing for CBS News. Trump doesn’t take the bait, although he does politely say that Obama is full of shit.

“Well, he was very nice to me. But after that, we’ve had some difficulties. So it doesn’t matter. You know, words are less important to me than deeds,” Trump said.

Obama indeed tried to portray himself during the transition as a benevolent leader putting the country first by conducting a smooth and polite transfer of power. But meantime, it looks like his aides were busy “unmasking” the classified identities of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance of foreign targets.

And as Obama ostensibly “goes high,” in Mrs. Obama’s formulation, he’s done nothing to stop his former aides from “going low” and attacking the new administration, doing the dirty work for him. No doubt Obama will soon be involved himself.

Here’s Dickerson’s exchange with Trump. After any official, let alone the president of the United States, indicates five times that they are not going to answer the question, you might want to back off. And look how often he interrupts the president. Rude young man. Trump was patient. I’d have thrown him out sooner.

JOHN DICKERSON: How do you learn that skill? Who do you call to say what’s it like to —

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: There’s nobody you can call.

JOHN DICKERSON: Did President Obama give you any advice that was helpful? That you think, wow, he really was–

DONALD TRUMP: — Well, he was very nice to me. But after that, we’ve had some difficulties. So it doesn’t matter. You know, words are less important to me than deeds. And you– you saw what happened with surveillance. And everybody saw what happened with surveillance–

JOHN DICKERSON: Difficulties how?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: — and I thought that — well, you saw what happened with surveillance. And I think that was inappropriate, but that’s the way–

JOHN DICKERSON: What does that mean, sir?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You can figure that out yourself.

JOHN DICKERSON: Well, I– the reason I ask is you said he was– you called him “sick and bad”.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Look, you can figure it out yourself. He was very nice to me with words, but– and when I was with him — but after that, there has been no relationship.

JOHN DICKERSON: But you stand by that claim about him?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I don’t stand by anything. I just– you can take it the way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly. And everybody’s talking about it. And frankly it should be discussed. I think that is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it’s a very big topic. And it’s a topic that should be number one. And we should find out what the hell is going on.

JOHN DICKERSON: I just wanted to find out, though. You’re– you’re the President of the United States. You said he was “sick and bad” because he had tapped you– I’m just–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You can take– any way. You can take it any way you want.

JOHN DICKERSON: But I’m asking you. Because you don’t want it to be–


JOHN DICKERSON: –fake news. I want to hear it from–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You don’t have to–

JOHN DICKERSON: –President Trump.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –ask me. You don’t have to ask me.


PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Because I have my own opinions. You can have your own opinions.

JOHN DICKERSON: But I want to know your opinions. You’re the President of the United States.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Okay, it’s enough. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Maybe Dickerson was angry about this. Look how furious he seems that Trump, who also told him he calls his show “Deface the Nation,” says that he has learned as president that the media are dishonest.

Top Mainstream Media Reporter Admits MSM Liberal Bias

In an article that surely won him no friends in the newsroom, Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer wrote that the news media indeed live in a “bubble” centered in liberal enclaves like New York, Washington, and Los Angeles, and that it makes their reporting biased.

“The people who report, edit, produce and publish news can’t help being affected—deeply affected—by the environment around them,” Shafer writes, noting that as of 2013, just seven percent of journalists identified as Republicans.

From the piece, which ran Tuesday:

The national media really does work in a bubble, something that wasn’t true as recently as 2008. And the bubble is growing more extreme. Concentrated heavily along the coasts, the bubble is both geographic and political. If you’re a working journalist, odds aren’t just that you work in a pro-Clinton county—odds are that you reside in one of the nation’s most pro-Clinton counties. And you’ve got company: If you’re a typical reader of Politico, chances are you’re a citizen of bubbleville, too.

The “media bubble” trope might feel overused by critics of journalism who want to sneer at reporters who live in Brooklyn or California and don’t get the “real America” of southern Ohio or rural Kansas. But these numbers suggest it’s no exaggeration: Not only is the bubble real, but it’s more extreme than you might realize. And it’s driven by deep industry trends.

Those trends involve the switch from actual paper newspapers to online publications, which are no longer tethered to local printing presses and local ads. Like other industries, the online media have tended to congregate in clusters where they trade and share talent. And in this case, those clusters are in locales deeply shaded blue.

Without apparent irony, Politico announced a new CEO the same day the article ran. His name is Patrick Steel, and he has donated $60,000 to Democrats over the last 20 years, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards.

We won’t fault Shafer for not doing a piece on whether his new boss can disentangle his political giving from his stewardship of the website.

In His Grand Return, Obama Slams Conservative Media

President Obama Monday suggested conservative media prevent Americans from having “a healthy debate.”

“Because of changes in the media, we now have a situation in which everybody is listening to people who already agree with them, and are further and further reinforcing their own realities to the neglect of the common reality that allows us to have a healthy debate, and then try to find common ground and actually move solutions forward,” Obama said during an appearance in Chicago.

Conservative media arose because the only thing you could find in much of the mainstream media was liberal bias. That, for Obama, was neutrality and healthy debate. Now that conservatives have platforms to make their arguments, he doesn’t like it much.

H/T Washington Examiner.

Mainstream Media Slow to Pick up on Rice Story

Of course they are. They want to destroy Trump, not Obama. The national media had a slow start to covering a highly consequential report that said Susan Rice, national security adviser in the Obama administration, requested names of Trump transition team members who were incidentally caught up in U.S. surveillance, the Washington Examiner reported. The… Continue Reading

Pelosi Attacks the Press, and No One Cares

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi actually suggested reporters were the “accomplices” of the Russians in undermining the election by reporting on the hacked DNC emails. Hardly a peep our of the press. Now, imagine if someone else we know did this . . . “Pelosi said this weekend that journalists were wrong to report on the… Continue Reading

Washington Post’s New Slogan: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”

Now this wouldn’t be directed at President Trump now would it? “Of course not!” claims the Post.  And they act surprised and appalled that people see bias in the media. From the Washington Examiner: The Washington Post denied Wednesday that its new slogan, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” is a response to President Trump, who has… Continue Reading

Trump Revives His Campaign Style at East Room Press Conference

Washington was aghast at President Trump’s press conference. But many Americans will be thrilled. Of course, no one in DC gets that, which is why none of them took Trump seriously in the first place and were wrong about his appeal. From the Washington Examiner: President Trump Thursday abruptly revived the aggressive, freewheeling style he… Continue Reading

CNN Declines to Book Conway in Part Due to “Credibility Issues”

After all the lies and attempts to mislead by the Obama administration, CNN decides Kellyanne Conway is not credible. From the Washington Examiner: Tensions are rising between top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and CNN, the network her boss, President Trump, loves to hate. A source at CNN told the Washington Examiner on Monday that… Continue Reading

Spicer Calls Out Media for Immigration Report Error

White House press secretary Sean Spicer blamed an NBC News reporter on Tuesday for creating much of the confusion surrounding the rollout of President Trump’s executive order on immigration on Friday, the Washington Examiner reported. “Your network was one of the people that just hours ago told people that [Homeland Security Secretary] Gen. Kelly was… Continue Reading

Spicer Makes Mainstream Media Wait to Ask Questions at First Briefing

The briefings, even under the Bush White House, started with Reuters or the Associated Press and then proceeded to organizations like ABC, CBS, and NBC. Thats’ all done with. From the Washington Examiner: President Trump’s White House sent a clear message to major media outlets on Monday: You don’t matter as much anymore. The White… Continue Reading

Pelosi: Reporters Served as “Accomplices” for Hacking

The House’s top Democrat goes after the press, thinking journalists should have just sat on the hacking info that was released publicly. I guess she feels the mainstream media needs to be even more helpful to Democrats. From the Washington Examiner: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said an intelligence briefing for a select group of lawmakers… Continue Reading