In an interview with Rolling Stone, CNN anchor Jake Tapper suggested that while President Donald Trump's told many more falsehoods than his predecessor, the media was “much more supportive” of former President Barack Obama who, as a consequence, “got away with it more.”
Tapper was responding to Rolling Stone writer Andy Greene who asked about the perception of Tapper being more “radical” after he called out Trump's “falsehoods.”
“A lot of people on the left didn't like it before, and now they like it,” Tapper, who hosts CNN's “The Lead,” told Greene.
“I don't want to compare President Obama and President Trump on these issues because they're different and the scale isn't even remotely the same,” Tapper said in the interview published on Tuesday.
He continued, “But President Obama said things that weren't true and got away with it more for a variety of reasons, and one is the media was much more supportive of him. The Obama White House thought I was self-righteous and a huge pain in the ass.”
Greene specifically asked Tapper about a long interview he had with White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. “What was going through your head at the end of your famous 25-minute live interview with the real Conway?” Greene asked.
In response, Tapper said that he wanted to make certain points in light of the president “saying things that were demonstrably false,” but wanted Conway to respond as well. When asked about a “Saturday Night Live” skit that portrayed Conway in a “Fatal Attraction” spoof, Tapper said his wife thought the skit was “sexist.”
Tapper refused to add his own comment about the skit. “I don't want to tempt fate,” he said.