Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, CNN

Is There A “Jake Tapper Effect” In The Media Now?

By Susan Kuebler

After nearly two years of undiluted, unfiltered coverage of Donald Trump and his sycophants by the national media, last Sunday saw an abrupt change during  Jake Tapper’s interview with White House staffer Stephen Miller on his show “State of the Union.”

After trying to get Miller to respond to multiple questions regarding the explosive charges made in the recently published book “Fire and Fury” which was met with Miller’s repeated charges of 24/7 bias by CNN against Trump, Tapper finally had enough.

He had already reached across the table calling for Miller to “calm down” but with little effect.  In an unprecedented move, he cut off coverage of Miller and his repeated talking points saying “I’ve wasted enough of my viewer’s time.”

Here is the full exchange between Miller and Tapper.  If you have not already seen it, it is well worth your time to do so now.

Last night, a similar incident occurred when Don Lemon hosted a guest panel to respond to reports of Donald Trump’s racist comments about people immigrating from Africa and other countries.  After a Trump supporter said that Lemon was taking the “easy and lazy way” that was another turning point in broadcast news.

Lemon decided he did not need to be insulted and asked that the spokesman be taken off the panel.  Here is an excerpt of that exchange.

Be sure to check out the expression on political commentator Rick Wilson’s face.  It is priceless.

Our country needs a free AND responsible press.  They do not answer to the White House.  They do not answer to the President.  They answer to the American people, who quite frankly are pretty disgusted with the lies and misleading statements coming not only from Trump supporters, but also the White House itself.

Perhaps this will be the start of a new trend in the media.  Perhaps the next time Sarah Huckabee Sanders makes a blatantly outrageous lie to the White House press corps, they will, as a body, walk out of the press conference.

In the meantime, while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, they are not entitled to their own facts. (Daniel Patrick Moynihan).

“All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well”. Julian of Norwich.

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