CNN's Wolf Blitzer Presses Trump Campaign Manager To Stop Attacks Against Journalists And Free Press
From the October 25 edition of CNN's The Situation Room:
WOLF BLITZER (HOST): Are you comfortable with the attacks he's launched against the news media? You've worked with the news media for a long time. Lowlifes, and he uses all sorts of other ugly words, are you comfortable with that?
KELLYANNE CONWAY: So, I usually avoid personal insults myself. I don't call people out by name. I think we're all very disappointed and very concerned, kind of shocked, to read some of the things we read from working journalists, either giving untold amounts of money to Hillary Clinton's campaign or, I think worse, specific journalists, Wolf, who are inviting John Podesta, the campaign chairman, to change words, or passages, paragraphs, or quotes in a written piece. That's not journalism, that's advocacy, and frankly, that's collusion. So if there's any spectrum from between coziness, to collaboration, to collusion, any of that would bother us. I think, if you're Donald Trump, you realize that, whether it's Jim Rutenberg's article in The New York Times a couple months ago, or other articles since, many journalists have admitted that Donald Trump compels them to suspend objective standards of journalism. I think --
BLITZER: What worries me -- and I'm not objective. I'm on the steering committee, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and I really believe in a free press, and I'm sure do you as well. The working journalists, the embeds who are traveling with him all the time, they go to all these rallies, they're in this pen, he points to them, he sort of eggs the crowd on to go after them, and there are a lot of young journalists, they're scared sometimes.
CONWAY: I know them all. I respect them all --
BLITZER: He shouldn't be doing that. Could you talk to him and say to him, “Mr. Trump, we only have a few days left, these are hardworking young journalists, they deserve to have some security,” if you will. Because, some of those Trump supporters out there, they get pretty nasty at what they're screaming at these young people.
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