Donald Trump gave a well-received interview with CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ last night. It was really only the network itself who’s been receiving major criticism in the wake.
As the Young Cons reported earlier today, interviewer Lesley Stahl was accused of condescension when she told Trump of some alleged attacks on minorities that occurred after his election victory. Of course, regular readers of this site know to take any of those stories with a grain of salt until an official investigation reveals them to be authentic — as the major “hate crime” stories to go viral thus far have been completely bogus. We have plenty of video footage of violence against Trump supporters (both after the election and the year preceding it), but no footage of violence being committed in Trump’s name on camera. All we have are social media posts of incidents, rather than police reports of incidents.
Stahl seemed to insinuate that it’s Trump’s responsibility what people may do in his name. When an Islamic terrorist screams “Allah Akbar” while carrying out a massacre in the name of religion, the last thing liberals do is claim Islam has any responsibility, but of course you wouldn’t expect liberals to apply the same standard here.
Nevertheless, that wasn’t the only part of the interview that drew criticism for the network. In fact, when it came to Trump denouncing whatever acts of violence may have been committed in his name, CBS decided to delay releasing that particular clip to the public. He went so far as to directly tell those who would attack minorities to “stop it,” while reassuring those feeling anxious and fearful, “don’t be afraid.” Sure seems like those would have been five newsworthy words to get out to the nation sooner rather than later.
As The Hill reported: CBS News is under fire for holding a videotaped clip from a Friday interview with President-elect Donald Trump urging supporters not to attack minorities until a “60 Minutes” broadcast on Sunday night. “I am very surprised to hear that. I hate to hear it,” Trump told interviewer Lesley Stahl when told of some attacks on minorities that have reportedly occurred since his election victory Tuesday. “I am so sorry to hear it, and I say stop it,” Trump said before looking directly into the camera. “And I say right to the camera, stop it.”
“60 Minutes” did release quotes from the Friday interview in advance, but only a statement by Trump on the Affordable Care Act. “We chose to release a quote on the issue that affects the most Americans & that was his statement on Obamacare,” a spokesperson for CBS told CNN Monday.
CNN’s Brian Stelter commented that CBS’ response was “underwhelming.”
CBS's underwhelming answer: "We chose to release a quote on the issue that affects the most Americans & that was his statement on Obamacare"
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 14, 2016
A bit rich, actually, to see CNN calling out CBS on its “omission.”
How about actually releasing the clip of the only major leader to come out and directly tell the protesters to “stop it”? Something that President Obama has been loathe to do for most of his eight years and Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to be rushing to do, either. Seems like that might be something that affects “most Americans” — a sense of safety and unity in the wake of a brutal campaign.
As well as Trump’s message to those feeling anxious and fearful following his surprising election.
“I would tell them, ‘Don’t be afraid,’ absolutely,” Trump said. “We are going to bring our country back, but certainly, don’t be afraid.”
Gosh, what could possibly be CBS’s motivation for withholding that?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]