Tired of the fake news and combative questions from the media, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway slammed CBS News correspondent Paula Reid after she asked yet another loaded and irrelevant question about President Donald Trump’s newly formed “Opening Our Country Council.”
The reporter began her tirade by calling out a long list of names that the president mentioned at the briefing on Tuesday as being a part of the new group. Reid asked Conway to explain how the council would function.
“How will they work? How will they meet? How will they make recommendations to the president?” Reid asked. This seemed like a legitimate line of questioning until, the media does what the media now does…and the reporter pivoted right to the issue of diversity.
“And is there any thought to diversifying that council beyond what is predominantly a group of very wealthy white men?” Reid queried.
Conway told Reid that the president had calls scheduled that same day with some of the individuals on the list, which she characterized as “probably less exhaustive than it is illustrative.” She then reminded Reid that while the reporter seemed to have issue with the people on the council, the president, nor anyone else, can determine “who the heads of the sports commission leagues and CEOs of companies are.”
The reporter insisted that Trump’s new task force wasn’t “diverse” enough, and was clearly heading towards the media’s typical accusation of racism. She contended that the White House could, in fact, include a range of voices.
Exhausted at always having to defend the president’s actions – even when he didn’t do anything – it was obvious the outspoken counselor had enough of the reporter’s banter.
“Paula, I actually don’t know what’s happened to you,” she told the journalist. “Respectfully, I don’t know why you’ve changed.”
Conway proceeded to remind Reid of her “screaming at Anthony Fauci and the president of the United States” in the White House briefing room. This was an obvious reference to the two exchanges during Monday’s briefing when Reid, in her typical curt and rude tone, made offensive remarks to Dr. Fauci to which he did not hold back his emotions.
Dr. Fauci showed visible contempt for Reid’s question and told the disrespectful reporter, “Everything I do is voluntarily.” Later, during the briefing, Trump called Reid “disgraceful” when she continued her defiance and questioned him on his defense of the administration’s response to the pandemic.
Trump continued, “You know you’re a fake. You know that. Your whole network — the way you cover it — is fake.”
Conway later told Reid, “I frankly think it’s unbecoming, but that aside, I’ll answer the question about how they’re going to help America, which is why I’m here. I think you’re here for a different reason, it seems these days.”
Conway was later ridiculed because she did not address the lack of diversity on the new council, but honestly what is there to comment on? Trump truly cannot control who is at the helm of these top corporations and sports franchises, so there is nothing to comment on.
Of course, that wasn’t the point of the question. The point was the portray the president in the most negative way possible, because that is the media’s top priority. Meanwhile, the rest of America remains scared and uncertain.