On CNN, April Ryan explains how Trump isn't speaking broadly to America by just giving interviews to Fox

On CNN, April Ryan explains how Trump isn't speaking broadly to America by just giving interviews to Fox

Ryan: "Not only has he not given a news interview in a year to any other major news organization other than Fox, he hasn't had a full-blown press conference since" February 2017

Video ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

From the May 13 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:

Loading the player reg...

BRIAN STELTER (HOST) And there's another version of access we should talk about as well. The president's lack of interviews. This was a notable weekend because it's been one full year since [NBC's] Lester Holt's interview with the president. We can show the video from that. Ever since then, well, you see here, zero interviews for ABC, CBS, NBC, or CNN. And the president has called into Fox a couple times since the beginning of this year 2018. But it's been 12 full months since we had one of these sit-downs, in-depth, TV interviews. Really a remarkable drought that we're going through. And April, I guess the reason is, his aides and lawyers don't trust him not to slip up and give [special counsel] Robert Mueller more ammunition. Is that the belief there?

APRIL RYAN (CNN POLITICAL ANALYST, AMERICAN URBAN RADIO NETWORKS): Yes, this president definitely hurts his own self. He gets comfortable and just lets loose, for better or for worse. But not only has he not given a news interview in a year to any other major news organization other than Fox, he hasn't had a full-blown press conference since that February when he said that his administration was a well-oiled machine. But we're seeing all the cogs fly out. And this is one of the examples of the cogs just flying out. This president is a president of all America, and one great thing about it is different news organizations may come at stories differently. And I've been asking for an interview myself and I'm still making that request, no matter what happens in that White House. Everyone has a different take on a different issue. And if you just give an interview to Fox, considered conservative, what about if you gave -- give -- don't give it to someone else who may be considered another -- has another political view, but yet still people of America watch that network? He is not giving a broad spectrum, a broad scope to all America, just by giving it to Fox, it's one-sided.

Previously:

On Fox & Friends, President Trump lashes out at the press, launching personal attacks on NBC's Chuck Todd

When faced with negative media coverage, Trump’s team turns to friendly outlets to plant stories

Trump’s Fox & Friends interview shows he knows exactly what he’s doing with media attacks

Posted In
The Presidency & White House
Network/Outlet
CNN
Person
Brian Stelter, April Ryan
Show/Publication
Reliable Sources
Stories/Interests
Trump's War on the Press
We've changed our commenting system to Disqus.
Instructions for signing up and claiming your comment history are located here.
Updated rules for commenting are here.