CNN’s Brian Stelter: It’s Disrespectful To The Public For Trump To Blatantly Lie On Twitter

As you'll recall, the president sent the following tweets on Saturday morning in which he called NYT reporter Maggie Haberman a "Crooked H flunkie" who he never speaks to and knows nothing about him.

At the top of today’s broadcast of Reliable Sources, CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter addressed President Donald Trump’s recent tweetstorm about the New York Times’ piece on Trump attorney Michael Cohen. And he concluded that the president’s easily debunked lies are disrespectful to both Trump’s fans and the public as a whole.

As you’ll recall, the president sent the following tweets on Saturday morning in which he called NYT reporter Maggie Haberman a “Crooked H flunkie” who he never speaks to and knows nothing about him.

Stelter noted that the tweet was a “bald-faced lie” about Haberman and was wrong in “at least four different ways.” Initially, the president misspelled Haberman’s name. (The tweet was later deleted and resent with the proper spelling.) He also labeled Haberman a “third rate reporter,” despite her recently winning a Pulitzer for her reporting. But the main issue Stelter had with the tweet was Trump’s insistence that Haberman doesn’t know the president.

“Here they are in the Oval Office together,” Stelter stated, showing a picture of the Trump and the reporter. “Haberman has interviewed Trump on the record more than a dozen times.”

Noting that Haberman takes these false attacks in stride, Stelter explained why he wasn’t going to.

“Lying is disrespectful,” Stelter declared. “It’s not just disrespectful to Haberman or the journalists, but to the public. We all know the president uses Twitter to deliver talking points to the base it’s very effective for him. But it’s also disrespectful.”

He continued, “Is he really — does he really think that his believers, his supporters are going to believe this lie? You know, when there’s photographic proof to the contrary? it is disrespectful to his fans — to his Twitter followers — to post this kind of stuff.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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