Over the weekend I sat down to watch 20 painful minutes of George Stephanopolous “interviewing” Kellyanne Conway about the disastrous week the president had. Conway is growing more sophisticated as the weeks go by, and has learned that blatant lying creates more trouble than it’s worth as the president’s approval numbers continue to plummet. Instead, Conway has developed a new strategy for diverting the public’s attention away from Trump and creating a haze of misinformation (lies) that leads viewers to be more confused about what is happening than ever before.
Stephanopoulos pressed Conway on the discrepancy between the statements Trump surrogates have given about the president’s involvement in responding to the reports about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya last June. At first the White House claimed Trump had no involvement, then later admitted that he did. Stephanopolous accused the White House of not telling the truth about the issue.
“You know, let’s talk about telling the truth,” Conway replied. “Let’s talk about a president looking Americans in the eye, who are still suffering eight years later, who were lied to. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
Conway then even more amazingly pivoted to Hillary Clinton’s response to Benghazi.
“Benghazi happened because of a video,” said Conway. “Go tell the families of those four innocent Americans who were slaughtered in Benghazi that that lie mattered.”
Here’s how Conway lies:
1. Don’t acknowledge the question explicitly.
2. Take the subject matter (lying) and pivot to something you want to talk about (read Hillary Clinton) that could be categorized as the same thing.
3. Accuse the opposition of doing exactly the same thing you are being accused of.
4. Keep talking in the hopes that the interviewer will forget the original question.
Conway’s ability to stick to these principles is an astonishing sight to behold, and she is utterly shameless when it comes to spreading disinformation and lies to protect the president.
“Hold on a second,” Stephanopoulos shot back at Conway after the ridiculous pivot. “You’re changing the subject.”
“No. No. That is a subject,” Conway replied. “Let’s talk about credibility that impacts people.”
That is a subject.
Stephanopolous was asking Conway about a specific lie and didn’t mention “credibility that impacts people” — a subject Conway made up in order to distract viewers from the purpose of the interview. She knows full well that Trump fans aren’t interested in objective truths, and she throws them red meat at every given opportunity. That the Trump administration is still using Hillary Clinton as a distraction tool is a testament to just how desperate they are. It worked in 2016, so why not go back to what you know when the going gets tough?
This nauseating dance went on for 20 long minutes, and while Stephanopolous did his best to stop Conway lying, his efforts were thwarted by the sheer volume of nonsense she spouted.
As I’ve written before, mainstream media outlets must stop inviting Conway onto their shows given her total inability to give a straight answer. Stephanopolous simply gave Conway free airtime to promote Trump talking points and left viewers wondering what reality they were living in. When up is down, left is right and Donald Trump isn’t a liar, there’s little point in trying to argue against it. Conway is free to say whatever she wants, but it’s high time the media stopped listening.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.