On Thursday's Inside Politics, guests excoriated Donald Trump for watching "spin machine" Fox News, spurning the President as living in a "parallel universe."
Previously, Trump has hailed Fox in Friends in posts to Twitter. By contrast, the Republican Commander-in-Chief has had quite the tumultuous relationship with left-leaning news networks. The CNN show's panel first discussed the fact that the flagship Fox morning show had used the word "bombshell" to describe the latest developments in the FBI-investigation story involving DOJ officials Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page; next, they lampooned the President for using the same word. CNN White House reporter Abby Phillip condescended:
“It’s...fascinating to watch the President mimic back what he’s watching on television that morning...He’s not going to the source of this information, he’s getting it chewed through this sort of spin machine.”
Wow -- someone on CNN accused another network of spinning the news.
Host John King piled on:
“Forgive me, but he watches in the morning -- this is the President of the United States, who has access to every bit of information in the world that U.S. intelligence can gather, and that’s where he chooses to get his information.”
The Stzrok-Page text, regarding then-director James Comey's Clinton email scandal investigation, stated, "POTUS wants to know everything we're doing." This stood in stark contrast with then-President Obama's statement to Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace, maintaining that he "did not have any involvement in ongoing FBI investigations." Nevertheless, host King put the entire notion out to pasture:
“This parallel universe thing is just not healthy.”
The Weekly Standard's Michael Warren dismissed any consideration of the FBI text as nonsense for those "who want to believe the worst." In truth, those who want to believe the worst should stick to CNN: it's the worst at reporting the facts.