Watch CNN's Anderson Cooper call out Trump adviser's lies about Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians

From the July 12 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

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ANDERSON COOPER (HOST): I do want to start off with what Dana and others are reporting. The president has had four days now without an event on his public schedule. You’ve heard the reporting that there is a bunker mode in parts of the White House since the news of Donald Trump jr broke. I want you to be able to comment on that. 

SEBASTIAN GORKA: Oh, absolutely. It's laughable. Your chyron talked about a crisis. Your reporter talked about a bunker mentality. I actually work in the West Wing, I work in the White House. It is absolutely nothing of the kind. We are pushing the make America great again agenda. The president is a steam locomotive that will not be stopped. It's just fake news. I'm sad to see CNN fall to this. I know you want salacious, sensational coverage for your ratings, so your corporate sponsors and owners will have, you know, more money. But that's, that’s not media, that’s not reportage, it's just fake news. 

COOPER: Ok, I'm just going to ignore the insults because I don’t think it really gets us anywhere.

GORKA: It's not about you, it’s about actually having journalism back on TV. Where are the Walter Cronkites of yesteryear? This is just about ratings and money. It's actually quite sad. 

COOPER: So the president tweeted today, “When you hear the words, ‘sources say’ from the fake media, often times those sources are made up and do not exist.” I'm wondering how the president can actually make that claim when all the reporting by The New York Times about the meeting his son held with a Russian attorney have been proven by his son's own e-mails, which he only released after The Times was going to publish the contents of them.

GORKA: Is that the same way that all the unnamed sources said that Director Comey, including CNN, was going to completely gainsay everything the president said about their meeting 24 hours before his testimony -- 

COOPER: That was reporting was wrong and we corrected ourselves unlike the White House which has never corrected itself on anything. But I'm giving you an opportunity right now to correct what the president said this morning, because what he's alleging is that the reporting is fake, and in fact, his son's own e-mail chain shows that it's accurate. Do you deny that? 

GORKA: No I deny the fact that there is anything here that is untoward. This is again, this is an obsessive nine month campaign.

COOPER: But you do not deny that all the sourcing for The New York Times was correct on this story and the president is wrong when he saying the anonymous source is fake news. 

GORKA: Oh, I stand by what the president and I stand by what his son said. We are incredibly impressed by Don Jr's transparency and the fact that he actually published these e-mails. 


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