The Case for Banning Kellyanne Conway From TV News (Column)

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It’s not just that she’s untrustworthy — it’s that she’s a distraction

The Trump Administration has presented many challenges to the television news media, but none is quite as flagrantly bizarre as the current widely held and little-disputed fact that White House Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway can no longer be trusted on-air. Following a three-week “honeymoon” period where Conway invented a massacre, violated White House ethics rules in pimping Ivanka Trump’s clothes line on the news, and either deliberately lied or ignorantly misled the public about the president’s thinking on disgraced National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, at least one program has had enough.

Wednesday morning, Mika Brzezinski, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” unequivocally declared that Conway would no longer be a guest on the show because of longstanding and recurring credibility issues. “Every time I’ve ever seen her on television, something is askew, off or incorrect,” Brzezinksi said on-air. Joe Scarborough, her cohost, affirmed this, albeit less strongly. “I don’t even think she’s saying something she knows to be untrue.” He suggested that Conway was not lying as much as pretending to inside access that she actually doesn’t have. “She’s not in these meetings and any reporter can ask anybody in that White House and they will say the same thing.”

It’s hard to know what to make of the 50-year-old former pollster, a fanatical supporter of Trump who became famous during the campaign for her unique deployment of a finessed doublespeak that sounds like reasonable debate but is instead just obfuscation. She was so singularly frustrating even at that point that “Saturday Night Live” began lampooning her repeatedly, with MVP Kate McKinnon delivering one of the best impressions of the year as neurotic, truth-averse Conway. The adviser, for her part, has responded to criticisms about her credibility with confusing messaging. On Valentine’s Day (!) she tweeted an oblique message of undying loyalty to Trump: “I serve at the pleasure of @POTUS. His message is my message. His goals are my goals. Uninformed chatter doesn’t matter.” The implication seemed to be either that she would happily lie for the president if necessary, or that if his caprice had led to her embarrassment, it was a punishment she was willing to take on the chin.

Neither of these inspires confidence in the average news show producer. As the past three weeks have made quite clear, Conway — for whatever reason — really can’t be trusted to either offer truthful or rational insight into the White House’s decision-making or the policies that shape the nation.

The question now is what to do about it. “Morning Joe” has chosen banishment. CNN’s “State of the Union,” with anchor Jake Tapper, is proceeding more on a case-by-case basis; the last time Tapper had her on, the two talked for 25 minutes specifically about her incorrect and non-factual remarks.

There is a case to be made for her continued appearance on these shows. While Conway has a strained relationship with reality, she’s reliably revealing about the internal inconsistencies and fractured logic of the Trump administration. She is, at least for now, a member of White House senior staff; she speaks for a president that won’t even call on non-right-wing publications at press conferences (when he isn’t shouting “fake news” at others). News organizations, if they are willing to put up with Conway’s methods, are also bringing Trumpian logic into a mainstream stage where it can wither under the harsh light of reality. As the election demonstrated, these half-truths and conspiracy theories became a much bigger problem when they weren’t taken seriously.

But that being said, Conway should still be banned from television news. The problem isn’t that she’s lying, but that she’s a distraction. Her methodology of staying on-message reduces rhetoric until it’s meaningless — and while that is particularly galling to journalists, who dedicate their careers to truth and the facts, engaging with her is just a waste of valuable resources. Tapper, alone, seems to have aged a decade just trying to wrangle her; in his last showdown with her, he even pleads midway:

“I would much rather be talking to you about veterans issues. In fact, when it comes to the Trump administration, I would much rather be covering immigration. I would much rather be covering trade. And I would much rather be covering draining the swamp and counterterrorism. But instead, every day, there are these sprays of attack and sprays of falsehoods coming from the White House…”

Throughout the conversation, Tapper sounds like he’s “eviscerating” Conway. But in that back-and-forth, he’s really he’s just admitting that she’s winning: She’s in charge of the conversation.

The truth is Conway is simply bad at her job. This is one of the reason she’s so captivating within the media bubble; she’s on our turf, and flailing. Her particular gift is to make it sound like she is agreeing with whatever has just been said, before she goes on to say something that completely opposes it. When this stops working, she digresses to irrelevant detail. Her rhetoric is faulty enough that it makes even Matt Lauer look like a hard-hitting journalist. “That makes no sense,” he told her out of exasperation, speaking for all of us.

But while Conway fences with her odd smokescreen of dissembling small talk, the Trump administration is carrying on a probably treasonous relationship with Russia and actively making money off of the American taxpayers. Her job is to speak for the president, but either through malice or incompetence (or both), she has become a taxpayer-funded distraction, a court jester who does predictable tricks while the White House metaphorically burns. Conway is media chum; of course going after her is satisfying. But there are much bigger fish to fry.

If news organizations want to keep booking Conway for television appearances, they ought to keep in mind that poking the bear carries with it the consequence of taking time away from other more serious issues, like what her bosses are up to when she’s creating and then stamping out mini-scandals like the Bowling Green Massacre. This isn’t to say that those things shouldn’t be pointed out — they absolutely should, because if Conway had her way, we’d be living in a propaganda state where she’d be making up reality as we went along. This also isn’t meant to stoke the paranoia of those who suspect that the Trump Administration’s current boondoggle is less a mistake than it is just the next step of Stephen Bannon’s master plan to take over the universe. It’s instead a reminder that Conway — and Spicer — are what the press easily fixate on, and ultimately they are just the symptoms of a larger problem, which is that an inexperienced buffoon with delusions of autocracy sits in the White House. But it won’t be bans of Conway that crack that nut.

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  1. JRook says:

    As the wise individual once said, scorpions sting and kill their prey because that’s what they do. Kelly Ann Conway has made a career of spinning lies until they sound like the truth. What Trump, Banon and her understand is that low information voters don’t know any better. And individuals who really do know better accept what she says because it is consistent with their ideology or religious beliefs. It is no surprise that someone like this has been elevated to Chief Liar and Hag.

  2. I didn’t even bother to read this tripe, because I’m calling on a ban of reporters of Indian descent for failing to report on the crime of converting to Christianity in parts of India. Seems fair, right?

  3. Gavin Volaire says:

    “she speaks for a president WHO won’t even call on non-right-wing publications”

    This is not true. Using the authors own logic, she is either lying or pretending to be informed — either way I will ban her.

    And the “made up massacre” didn’t happen. She misspoke. She corrected herself. People like this author come in with hatred in the hearts and are willing to spin anything to fit their narrative so they assign intent where is none. They smugly claim Conway made up a massacre because to tell the truth would make it a non story.

    Reminds me of Chuck Todd pretending when Conway used the perfectly legitimate phrase “alternate facts” what she either meant or just didn’t realize is her own intention in using the phrase is that she was telling Chuck Todd “We lied.” His exasperated, over the top reaction showed he has no interest in her intent, only in feeding his preconceived narrative.

    Like this author. You snakes are eating your own tails. Don’t stop, what could go wrong?

  4. facts! says:

    “she speaks for a president WHO won’t even call on non-right-wing publications”

    Should we throw grammar out the window, along with KellyAnne?

  5. dot48 says:

    Wow the nutjob who wrote this surely just came off the Hitlary “plantation”

  6. Brett Bryant says:

    So you lie about her statement re: Flynn’s support from POTUS & VPOTUS and half bake the other issues except for her statement about her job description. Until the day she resigns, her statement describes her job.

  7. Affem Fink says:

    So. Lopsided! Where was this type of scrutiny over the Susan Rice Benghazi video TOTAL lie when four people actually died. I’m an American. Love all. And am happy to meet the intolerant left in the middle. As a firm believer that love and decency is the answer, I do not understand all the hatred for fellow hard working Americans who may have politic views that may differ.

    • Bart Copper says:

      Rice conflated the video reactions across the Middle East with the planned terrorist attack on the consulate. Whether or not she knew In that moment whether she was wrong or not, Rice was raked over the coals. That was one falsehood which, yes, may have been intentional, therefore a lie.

      Kellyanne Conway, Trump himself, Sean Spicer and Stephen Miller all deliver easily debunked lies with a frequency and ease never before seen on the national political stage. Brazen lies, intended to be believed only by their base, are part of their strategy. This is far beyond differening political views.

  8. Fred Bickle says:

    Seriously? You think we care whether you deem someone is worthy of putting on the air or not? Just how arrogant can you people get?

  9. graycliffer says:

    Good article but this point is naive and it rarely happens given current chaos: “News organizations, if they are willing to put up with Conway’s methods, are also bringing Trumpian logic into a mainstream stage where it can wither under the harsh light of reality.”

    That withering in reality rarely if ever happens because TV journalists aren’t fast or brave enough to push back instantly on Conway’s nonsense, or else are on board with the false propaganda. And despite pushback afterward, Conway’s phony Bowling Green Massacre has become a popular reason stupid Trump supporters want his racist ban.

    The best course of action is simply to kick any bad source to the curb, no matter how high in the WH food chain, or to tape and fact check before airing. That ensures the media outlet’s trustworthiness. I agree that journalists can expose Trumpian “logic” but not by putting liars on the air without the means to immediately call them out.

  10. J. Mcbrearty says:

    We love you Kelly ann and who the hell watches msnbc and cnn? I will tell you the uninformed and the protesters who need to wise up and get a life..

    • I will tell you who watches MSNBC, CNN, and all the rest of the not FOX News sources, the MAJORITY of Americans. And I will note, research shows FOX viewers are not as smart as viewers of the others. That is a fact you will not believe, just like climate change. Proves the point.

  11. Bill B. says:

    There is no reason not to ban this horribly dishonest person, but if they are not going to talk to someone because of their lack of credibility, they’s better be prepared to stop speaking to the pathological liar dirtying up the White House.

  12. Curtis says:

    Stick to entertainment and stay out of politics. It’s not your forte

  13. Lisa says:

    “Strained relationship with reality”. I love it!

  14. Ronnie says:

    Muffin Joe, you speak as if Conway ever wanted or enjoyed coming on your show! It was only because you idiots kept inviting her because you couldn’t book anything else relevant! Although, I bet the 572 viewers that watch you guys were somewhat disappointed!!! It’s truly amazing what extremes MSNBC & CNN will go to in an attempt to get viewers! MSNBC & CNN have been forever damaged and, as you know, it can never be repaired!!! The jig is up and America is finally realizing the truth (tro͞oTH/ – noun,,,the quality or state of being true) Not sure if you understood that word, Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!

  15. Cleo M. Jones says:

    Come on people. Don’t we still believe in the 1st amendment? She has the right to rant and ramble nonsense. It is up to informed consumers of news to sort it out and ignore, ridicule, discard the crap.

  16. loco73 says:

    That horrible bleach-blonde hair and spaced out look are enough reasons for banishment…everything else is a bonus…No wonder Melania doesn’t want to be around Trump anymore…who can blame her…

  17. Judy Nichols says:

    Pathetic and boring hit piece on Conway The MSM hacks lost all credibility a long time ago. It became even more obvious last year. Why would Variety want to do the same?

  18. Dennis says:

    The anti-Trump political coverage on Variety is getting out of hand. Please stop and stick with what you’re good at… Hollywood related news!

  19. Charles Olafson says:

    This is nuts. I can think of dozens of vacuous talking heads I would love to see off the air. They are on both left and right leaning shows and often lie, distort facts, make up their own news and seldom add anything to one understanding. How is it then this author thinks we should single out KAC? Banning would be censorship.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      Because this particular talking head is the mouthpiece of the President of the United States and should be held to a higher standard. Everybody is going to misspeak or mess up on occasion, but not even a month in and her pile of lies and alternative facts is impressive.

  20. RT says:

    Why is there no USA news on the below from Canadian CTV and CBC

    SHANGHAI – “ The government of China awarded U.S. President Donald Trump valuable rights to his own name this week, in the form of a 10-year trademark for construction services.
    The registration became official on Feb. 14 and was published in a trademark registration announcement on the website of China’s Trademark Office on Wednesday.
    This may well be the first foreign trademark to be handed to Trump during his presidency, but is unlikely to be the last. In China alone he has 49 pending trademark applications and 77 marks already registered in his own name, most of which will come up for renewal during his term. news ”

    I guess this means China will be favored nation again……………… But not conflict of interest…..

  21. Ron says:

    Wow! No respect to the constitution and the electoral process that has made the USA a country to be admired and respected across the world. These people should experience a little bit of real dictatorships and Countries that don’t follow the rule of law.

  22. Mark Roath says:

    Interesting article. You are correct, Mrs. Conway is a Trump loyalist. She is very aggressive in responding to questions about President Trump and his Administration. And, she is also a women. What I find disturbing, for lack of a better word, is the non-dismissal of “Morning Joe” for their action to ban Ms. Conway from their program under the guise that she’s either ill informed or a liar. After watching that show on several occasions, they could use someone with a different point of view, and frankly someone with some intellect. Moreover, I find equally disturbing is your characterization that Mrs. Conway is “media chum,” and in your opinion “there are much bigger fish to fry.” Your comment shows your bias, which I doubt you really care about in this article or your other writings, but also reflects your a desire to bring down this Administration.

    • Fern says:

      No, she is not a “women”. You may be one of the under educated Deplorables, The fact is that KAC is a lair and a spinner and she should be banned from all tv.

      • Charles Olafson says:

        Well you are certainly entitled to your opinion, however ill-informed. But she is a woman. And that is a fact.

  23. Dorothy says:

    I do not spend much time reading or listening to the major news because of the lies and anger they spew. Read your article to see what the big deal was with Kelly Conway. Same as usual. She is a Trump supporter so you give her no respect. The 8 years under Obama had so many nitwits in leading positions that I had to stop watching the news with the stupid things that his people were putting on theAmerican people. Talk about Fake News. The Dems had to brag on him just to try and cover up the mess he was making in the Government.

  24. WH says:

    Wow! You sure a very poor loser! You really should look in the mirror. I understand you don’t take defeat very well. Get MOMMY to sooth you. Perhaps a pacifier may help you.

  25. Joe Sixer says:

    Fanatical Trump Supporter?

    She lead Ted Cruz’s campaign against Trump until Cruz lost & Trump hired her.

    KC is just a hired gun the same way Susan Rice was for Obama or Donna Brazille was for HRC.

    Let everyone ban everybody. We are all getting our news from Social Media now anyway mostly.

  26. The Democrats who spend their whole lives twisting the facts and exaggerating the comment, as though Kelly was advertising Ivana’s clothes line is utterly ridiculous. she was implying buy them anyway if Nordstrom doesn’t support the line of clothes. Like who cares whether Nordstrom or some other stores don’t sell them. Who really needs them. You can still buy them elsewhere, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. what a hatchet job,u people have no sense of decency,everything u wrote sounds good except u leave out the part about everything msnbc and cnn put on is vile and mostly fake.Were they 2 really want 2 be treated right they only need 2 act like real newspeople

  28. W. DIESEL says:

    If I did subscribe to your publication I would cancel after reading this article. What a hack.

  29. Bill says:

    Wow. And everyone who told us Hillary had nothing to do with Benghazi still has a job. Neat.

  30. Crusty says:

    Anything to try to improve your poor ratings. Class acts shouldnt even be on your program. It’s not informative and never appealed to me. I don’t think your pathetic attempt at trying to get viewers will work. You ought to try wearing pink “pussy” hats and talk vulgar on your program it will relate with all your viewers. Oh and offer everyone something free anything will do because they all deserve a trophy!

  31. Robert grange says:

    What a ridiculous article. Totally untrue, fictitious, and obviously biased fake news. You should be ashamed to print this garbage

  32. Starjacks says:

    She is not an advisor but a spokesperson she advises the President and others on nothing. They don’t include her so what is there to talk about. She is still yakking about Hillary. That ship said months ago and your out of material spokesgirl

  33. Jim Schubach says:

    You are advocating the banning of a Presidential spokesperson because you don’t agree. If CNN doesn’t want to ask her on their private station she could not sue under the First amendment. But you are still like those religious fanatics who don’t like a movie and want to ban it for everyone. Intolerant and I guess unable to deal with contrary views. If you don’t want to hear her then watch something else, don’t attempt to shut down political discourse. Reflex for just a second and what you will find is a Political Fanatic.

    • Fern says:

      I really dislike listening to liars like KAC. It would be great if all of them were banned from the media. Some people don’t care what is or isn’t the truth. I do care. It is obvious that Mika has morals unlike the tRumpsters posting here.

      • Jim Schubach says:

        The intolerant and self-righteous seem to always claim they know the truth and are morally superior.

  34. tlsnyder42 says:

    Sonia, honey, why are you being a fascist stooge and partisan hack for the Democratic Party? “Journalism” like yours is destroying the First Amendment and your own profession, including the outlet that pays your salary. It’s a perfect example why the American people trust the national news media less and less. Repent, before you totally lose your mind.

  35. longwalkertj says:

    …This HARPY-in-CHIEF should be selling shoes.

  36. James Heckel says:

    Why is variety opining on politics? Remember your mission (covering the entertainment universe).

  37. louise sorel says:

    She is a desperate sell out joke – with no class, no credentials and lies as she is told to do or maybe
    she can’t help herself since the faux pres elect doesn’t know he thinks, if he does, from one minute to
    the next – she is not to be trusted and should be given some morality lessons starting in third grade!

  38. Glenn says:

    Finally someone who see her as I do. No news media organization should give her the time of day. She is a liar and a fraud.

  39. Lee Amor says:

    I wonder if America is aware that the rest of the world is now falling over laughing at it? Scary thing is though that it’s not really a laughable situation that it has created for itself.

  40. mitzyvm says:

    You explained the problem. You haven’t “kept up” with Conway since the election. She broke the law. She’s a farce. She made up a massacre. Kudos, Variety, for a great piece. Thank you.

    • boo radley says:

      Susan Rice remember her? She lied about a real massacre in Benghazi, Libya where 4 Americans were slaughtered. King Obama made her his National Security Adviser and all the Leftist sycophants cheered.

      Donna Brazille, Wasserman Schultz, Elizabeth Fauxahontas, BJ Clinton, Hillary, If you like your doctor…

      Liar and farce = Democrat

      You people have ZERO credibility.

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      She misspoke. She was talking about a terrorist plot, but facts to a Democrat or a leftist are like kryptonite to Superman.

      • Wayne says:

        Actually she has been saying Bowling Green Masacre for more than a month. She didn’t misspeak but said it on multiple occasions.

    • mitzyvm says:

      This was a reply to the rant in all caps below. Not sure why it posted up here. I thought this was a great piece. Thank you.

  41. Susan says:

    Thank you. This was a great piece and the author makes great points. She is a distraction. If people want to watch fantasy there are many media outlets for that. I want news.

  42. “It’s not just that she’s untrustworthy — it’s that she’s a distraction” Not only that, she’s an intelligent powerful woman and we feel threatened. Sheesh, grow up people!!

    • mitzyvm says:

      You’re right. She’s a powerful liar and shows an intelligence in dissembling and spreading falsehoods. She violated ethics rules, made up a massacre that didn’t exist, and does everything but represent the news. She IS a distraction. As to her violating ethics rules, there are over 1 million federal employees who are bound by ethics rules. What message is being sent to them when the rules mean nothing to tRump and his people?

  43. me says:

    Sonia Saraiya put down that crack pipe that you luv

  44. SPIKE says:

    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE KIDDING? DO YOU THINK WE’RE A BUNCH OF MORONS OUT HERE?

    I HAVEN’T KEPT UP WITH KELLYANNE’S OUTPUT SINCE TRUMP WAS ELECTED, BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT DURING THE ELECTION RUN-UP, SHE WAS A BLACK BELT AT HANDLING ALL THE BULL THE PRESSTITUTES WERE THROWING AT HER ABOUT TRUMP- AND SHE WAS HANDLING IT WITH FACTS. REMEMBER FACTS, VARIETY?

    VARIETY, JUST STAY THE F–K OUT OF POLITICS WILL YOU? YOU DON’T BELONG IN THAT SPHERE. JUST REPORT ENTERTAINMENT NEWS. DO YOU F’ING JOB FOR GOD’S SAKE AND QUIT COZYING UP TO YOUR LIBERAL ELITE SUBSCRIBERS IN H’WD. THAT’S JUST PREACHING TO THE CHOIR OF HATERS.

    IN ESSENCE, YOU’VE BECOME NOTHING BUT HATERS. SAD. YOU USED TO BE A RELEVANT TRADE, BUT YOU’RE RAPIDLY BECOMING IRRELEVANT TO ME.

    THE ONLY REASON I SUBSCRIBE TO YOU IS THIS: ONCE EVERY FEW MONTHS, YOU DO PUBLISH A STORY THAT IS VERY RELEVANT TO MY GOALS AND MY MANAGER’S GOALS. OTHERWISE, YOU’RE WORSE THAN USELESS, AND IF I DIDN’T NEED YOU FOR THAT RARE RELEVANT ARTICLE, I’D CANCEL MY SUB WITH YOU IN A HEARTBEAT. YOU MAKE ME SICK MOST OF THE TIME WITH YOUR LIBERAL HATE RANTS WHICH REMIND ME OF NAZI HATE RANTS.

    AND YOUR OBVIOUS LOBBYING FOR BANNING KELLYANNE IS DEFINITELY REMINISCENT OF THE NAZI’S AND THE COMMIES’ THOUGHT CONTROL. GO TO HELL WITH THAT STUFF.

  45. ban this crap site instead..i am done visiting variety………..from a movie fan in europe i can only say, american media and showbiz is disgusting ! so liberal and left wing it´s almost comical….almost ! but more correctly, just sad

  46. George Paige says:

    Great article Sonia. Appreciate you calling Conway for what she is…Trump’s doublespeaking propaganda minister.

    • tlsnyder42 says:

      Conway exposes the leftist lies and slander re Trump, Republicans and conservatives. The leftist bias in the press has reached epic proportions. Apparently, mostly because Trump wants to do something about trade, illegal immigration, crime, and the inner cities.

  47. Phil Hawkins says:

    “…she’s reliably revealing about the internal inconsistencies and fractured logic of the Trump administration.” Fractured Logic as defined by whom? YOU??? Your definition of “fractured logic” means nothing. You’re just pissed because POTUS and Kelly don’t give you the responses you want. He nails you to the cross and it pisses you off. Your frustration and pompous self-importance gushes forward and all you do with this stupid rant is show your whining about things about which you know nothing. POTUS doesn’t need you. You need him to shine a dim light on your meaningless self-importance. Wah Wah Wah. Grow up. You and most of your contemporaries supported (gag) Clinton and still cannot get over that she lost. That’s all this ridiculous article illuminates.

    • Van Kulma says:

      The only reason Trump and the right wing hollerers out there must believe that there is a leftist bias in the media is because they find reality and the truth to be somehow leftist. Their constant cries of fake news are never backed by any evidence. How can anyone or anything be characterized as fake when they accept as real Trump’s fake hair fake tan fake teeth fake marriage and fake qualifications to hold the highest office in the land. Real Americans find DJT to be repulsive!

    • The Truth says:

      Clinton is history, Phil. She’s not going to be President no matter how incompetent Trump and his cronies prove themselves to be. What responsible citizens must deal with now is a Chief Executive and his spin team who are dangerously full of shit. Like Trump, you pathetically attempt to demean the media rather than address the issues raised because you have no credible position to take. This article is about Kellyanne Conway’s ludicrously dishonest performance as Trump’s public mouthpiece. Are you so hopelessly ignorant that you’re willing to validate her embarrassing, bubble-headed blather or the pant-on-fire propaganda pronouncements of Stephen “Goebbels Junior” Miller? Get real, Phil. The media is nailing Trump to the cross, not because he’s a savior, but because he’s a traitor.

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        The Democrats and their neo-fascist lackeys in the leftist media are the real traitors, as proven by the revelations concerning communist influence in the 1950s, during the Vietnam War, during the Cambodian killing fields, and during the Reagan administration; in the path leading to 9/11; and during Barack Hussein Obama’s worthless Pro-Muslim presidency. God bless President Trump and Ms. Conway!

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      Most people are disturbed because every time Trump, Conway and Spicer open their mouths, easily disproved lies come spilling out. And the only one crying is your buddy Putin Jr who whines and whines and whines about how unfair everything is. And here I thought only children sobbed when things didn’t go their way and people were so so mean to them. That’s one tough businessman you elected.

  48. Jim Schubach says:

    Wayne, Kellyanne Conway is not a “news source” for the programs she’s on. If she is on CNN she is not a representative of CNN, who could damage their credibility. If you don’t want to hear her side of things then listen to something else. Why do require that no one can listen? Why do think banning speech in a democracy is somehow acceptable.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      You clearly don’t understand the Right to Free Speech.

      • Jim Schubach says:

        You are advocating the banning of a Presidential spokesperson because you don’t agree. If CNN doesn’t want to ask her on their private station she could not sue under the First amendment. But you are still like those religious fanatics who don’t like a movie and want to ban it for everyone. Intolerant and I guess unable to deal with contrary views. If you don’t want to hear her then watch something else, don’t attempt to shut down political discourse.

      • Jim Schubach says:

        O really. Enlighten m.

  49. Jack G says:

    Any publication recommending silencing of someone’s right to free speech should close shop.

    • Wayne says:

      On the contrary, they aren’t “silencing” anyone–they are just not willing to use a source that has demonstrated a lack of credibility. She can express her opinion anywhere she wants but a news organization doesn’t have to use sources that they don’t co spider credible because it damages their credibility.

      • Jim Schubach says:

        Wayne, Kellyanne Conway is not a “news source” for the programs she’s on. If she is on CNN she is not a representative of CNN, who could damage their credibility. If you don’t want to hear her side of things then listen to something else. Why do you require that no one can listen? Why do you think banning speech in a democracy is somehow acceptable.

      • mitzyvm says:

        Conway is not good for business– or for truth. She has zero credibility at this point.

    • Smith Cassidy says:

      Conway can speak all she wants. Free Speech doesn’t grant her a venue for her lies and misinformation.

      • tlsnyder42 says:

        It’s people like you who spread lies, propaganda, misinformation, libel, and slander. ignorant people like you are destroying the First Amendment.

  50. Please... says:

    Another thought is that this is exactly what MSM does to garner “clicks.” Who cares what the article above says if you’re president of Penske – you care about the traffic on your website, and below is by far more comments than Variety usually gets. MSM publishes untrue or unverified articles because it gets traffic. Might as well get your news from TMZ, at least they rarely are wrong.

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