Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu appeared with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota to discuss the recent passing of Arizona Senator John McCain.
Camerota tried injecting the conversation with various media reports of the still-lingering feud between McCain and President Trump, an overly manufactured crisis.
Trump seemingly slow-walked his way to adhering to protocol after McCain’s passing while the Senator, for his part, issued a statement which took clear shots at the President.
Camerota raised the question, “What do you think about President Trump rejecting the practice of putting out an official White House statement about John McCain’s service and sacrifice?”
The exchange that followed was the stuff of legend:
Sununu: “Look, that was printed in The Washington Post, and I have to be honest with you, I don’t give much credence to what I read.”
Camerota: “We also have that reporting.”
Sununu: “Yes, well, same thing applies, Alisyn.”
Somebody call the ‘wahhh’mbulance, because that surely left a mark.
Before we get to Camerota’s meltdown, it should be noted that Trump did put out an official White House statement and, according to Senator Lindsey Graham, instructed his staff to provide the McCain family with anything they might possibly need.
“The president told (Chief of Staff) John Kelly, whatever they need they get,” Graham told NBC.
“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country,” President Trump said in his official statement.
Now with that out of the way, let’s take a look at Camerota’s dismay over Sununu denigrating her network’s poor reporting.
If anyone at CNN had the ability to feel shame, there would be widespread embarrassment at the network for this atrocious interview by Alisyn Camerota. It’s beyond parody. https://t.co/cPKsAIappl
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 28, 2018
The multi-second pause after Camerota says “governor” is simply amazing. You can almost hear her teeth grinding while she counts to ten.
“Governor,” she said, “you come on CNN, and we appreciate you coming on CNN and we appreciate your take on it. But I don’t appreciate you denigrating our reporting. We have excellent reporters here.”
“I’m here to talk about John McCain as I remember him,” Sununu shot back at Camerota’s righteous indignation. “I’m not here to talk about the press’s handling of a difference between the White House and the press corps at this time.”
Sununu has a long history of being a thorn in the side of CNN and exposing their bias. In 2012, serving as a surrogate for then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney, he told host Soledad O’Brien that she might as well “put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead” while parroting his talking points.
Sununu handled himself deftly once again as the network pushed ridiculous talking points instead of asking reasonable questions.
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