FINALLY! CNN’s Victor Blackwell Shows How to Properly Interview a Trump Surrogate

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When you book a Trump surrogate to come on your show, the one thing you should always expect is lies, lies and more lies.  The president never encouraged violence, the president never praised a dictator, the president never said what everyone heard him say.  Nowadays, I’ve noticed a shift to things Obama or his people have been accused of doing: don’t you remember when Obama ripped apart migrant families and put them in cages?
I am almost always more upset with the interviewer than the Trump surrogate presenting “alternate facts”.  The interviewer will ask a question, the surrogate will lie… and then the interviewer will politely say “let’s move on.”  Once in awhile, they’ll push back a little, but the surrogate will act indignant and the interviewer will leave it as “let’s agree to disagree”.
Making things up to help defend your position, as well as trying to exploit the interviewer’s politeness, are two documented tricks used by surrogates.
It’s frustrating.

Finally, FINALLY, someone—on CNN, no less—stepped up to the plate. Amy Kremer, founder of Women for Trump, went on CNN to defend the vile family separations.  (That in and of itself is telling:  no Trump official—not Kirstjen, Huckabee, or even Kellyanne—wants to try to defend this anymore.)

The entire interview is refreshingly good, but there was one moment that surprised me. When Amy flatly lies about Obama’s former DHS secretary and claims that he said THE EXACT OPPOSITE of what he said, she was expecting the obligatory push-back and then the “let’s move on”.

Victor Blackwell wasn’t having it. He demanded the control room find the clip. And Ouch:

Thank you, Victor.

Please give a workshop to your colleagues.

Here’s the whole interview:

 

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The Right Stuff

I love it! Love to see Victor in a fact check session with Sean Hannity..face to face..
Let that self-righteous wind bag choke on his lies.

Reeby
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Reeby

That’s the key confront their lies with actual proof always. Maybe his blinded base may open their eyes.

Danny Quinones
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Danny Quinones

Victor should have more guest and interviews, I like that he minced no words and just laid out the facts. They should also have a rebuttal if the interviewee wants to prove there side of the story. Now that would be Newsworthy.

R.David
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R.David

Thanks Victor. Every Anchor should do this, if you Know which way the conversation is going, control room will have access to recording of pertinent material. Need to ,TRY to stop all these lies! In my 76 years I have never experienced an administration such as this, with the LIES. And the chief lier is a Presbyterian, can you believe it? He didn’t even know if he was a Christian, untill he ran for pres. Ok.NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW. THANKS

John M.Sheehan
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John M.Sheehan

Thank you, Victor, there must be a virus in the community of yellow-bellied sh*t gibbons that causes either astounding stupidity, acute memory loss, or like their mentor they are all dyed-in-the-wool liars…