There is great irony in a show called “Reliable Sources” conducting an interview with presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, the most reliably unreliable of President Donald Trump's surrogates.
Nevertheless on Sunday, show host Brian Stelter held his own for this excruciating 20 minutes of spin so complete it would have made a dreidel jealous. And he did manage to rebuke Conway for spreading “misinformation” on his show, that being the polite synonym for “bullpucky:”
CONWAY: CNN's been obsessed with this dossier for over a year now, and now that we know that the DNC and the Clinton campaign paid the same firm for said dossier, which is completely unverified, we can't get you excited —
STELTER: Parts of it have been verified. That is misinformation you're spreading on my show and I don't appreciate it.
CONWAY: Hold on, much of the dossier has not been verified —
Note the subtle trick there. First Conway said the dossier is “completely unverified.” A moment later “much” of it “has not been verified.” So which is it?
Stelter did not push Conway on that point. In fact, some of the allegations in the dossier have been verified and some appear to still be under investigation, both by Congress and by special counsel Robert Mueller. Stelter kept trying to point this out to Conway while she was busy trying to shut him down by talking over him.
Stelter was absolutely correct on the merits of the argument. But Conway stuck to her job, which was to throw out a bunch of words like “Clinton” and “dossier” and “Russia” and hope they confused the public.
At some point the media is going to realize there is no point in allowing Conway airtime to prevaricate and confuse the issues like this. But it hasn't happened yet.
Watch the entire interview below.