The *real* reason Donald Trump walked out of that '60 Minutes' interview

星期二, 唐纳德·特朗普总统突然结束了对莱斯利·斯塔尔的采访 “60 分钟” 拒绝与副总统迈克·彭斯(Mike Pence)一起再次接受采访.

为什么? CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Khalil Abdallah explain: “Trump walked out of the interview because he was frustrated with Stahl’s line of questioning, one source said. Another person said the bulk of the interview was focused on coronavirus.
Which makes perfect sense given what we know about the President.
This is a President who has, throughout his life, lived in a self-created bubble. He keeps a very tight inner circle, which he populates, primarily, with family members and “是” men and women. Anyone who veers from the preferred storyline — 这是, 总是, “you’re great, 先生. 总统” — is either pushed out of his inner circle or fired.
    (Note: 伊万卡·特朗普(Ivanka Trump) 说过 Monday that her fatheractually wants to hear from people who vehemently disagree with him.Which is a very funny joke. Except I think she was serious.)
    This bubble extends, typically, to the media interviews the President chooses to grant. On Tuesday morning, Trump called into “狐狸 & 友人,” the morning show on the conservative cable network that effectively functions as a cheerleading squad for the President and all of his policies. On Wednesday night, he will appear in an hour-long town hall hosted by Eric Bolling of Sinclair Broadcast Group, another conservative TV outlet.
    根据 CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, Trump has given 10 times as many interviews to Fox as he has to any outlet since he became president. Here’s Knoller’s count:
    福克斯新闻 (all platforms): 115
    Wall Street Journal: 10
    NBC/CNBC: 9
    华盛顿邮报: 8
    路透社: 8
    纽约时报: 8
    美国广播公司: 7
    哥伦比亚广播公司: 7 (including Tuesday’s “60 分钟” 面试)
    美联社: 2
    有线电视新闻网: 0
    作为 2020 election has grown closerand poll after poll suggests that Trump is a clear underdog against former Vice President Joe Bidenthe President has retreated deeper and deeper into the comfy confines of the conservative media worldwhere he is still portrayed as a winner fighting for America and Democrats and the media are deeply corrupted forces, covering up various illegal activities. Or something.

    But occasionally, Trump is forced to break out of that bubble in hopes of reaching voters outside of his hardcore base. And that’s when the trouble arises. Because actual journalists outside of Trump’s self-affirming bubble ask real and tough questions. Questions about his mishandling of the coronavirus. Questions about his trouble with telling the truth. Questions about his questionable Twitter habits.
    上个星期, Trump sat down for a primetime town hall with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. 和, predictably, it didn’t go well for Trump. Mostly because Guthrie refused to let him just say things that were untrue or filibuster on things he didn’t want to answer. Trump made newsnot the good kind — 与 his refusal to disavow QAnon, an Internet conspiracy theory that the FBI labeled as a potential domestic terror threat, 和 his rambling but revealing answers on his own tax returns.
    王牌, with his bubble pricked, responded as he always doeswith personal attacks.
    Everybody thought it was so inappropriate,” Trump said of Guthrie at a campaign stop the day after the town hall. “萨凡纳 — it was like her face, the anger, the craziness.He also suggested that Guthrie haddisappearedafter the town hall. “Nobody can find her. She’s not too popular right now.Guthrie, it’s worth noting, was hosting the “今天” 表演 — like she always doesthe morning Trump claimed she had “不见了”
    Which brings me to Trump’s 60 Minutes walkout.
    王牌, being Trump, immediately sought to spin it in his favor. 他 发推文 out a snippet of video of Stahl not wearing a mask as evidence of the alleged hypocrisy in the media. A person familiar with the situation told CNN that the video tweeted by Trump came in the immediate aftermath of Trump ending the interview.
    As Collins and Abdallah noted: “Stahl had not yet gone back to get her personal belongings to put her mask back on. She had a mask on from the time she entered the White House and just before the interview began.
    Trump also threatened, via Twitter, 那 “for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 分钟, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about.
      Which he might do! But the interview will almost certainly not show any sort of bias. Rather, it will show Stahl asking hard (and fair!) questions about Trump’s handling of Covid-19, which has sickened more than 8 million Americans and killed more than 221,000.
      Because Trump rarely is forced out of his fantasy bubble, he can’t take the heat when real reporters ask him real questions. So he took his ball and went home.


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