President Donald Trump followed through on an earlier threat by posting a video of an apparently contentious 60 Minutes interview on Facebook Thursday afternoon to show how interviewer Leslie Stahl had been “biased” in her questions to him.
Trump said Sunday after the interview was recorded that he had walked out of the taping because of Stahl’s biased questioning and said at the time he might post the interview before it was scheduled to appear online.
“Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS,” Trump captioned the video, which appeared to have been recorded by someone on his staff.
CBS reacts to Trump’s pre-emptive strike
Not surprisingly, CBS was not pleased with Trump’s decision to publish the interview footage.
“The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter 60 MINUTES from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades,” CBS News said in a statement.
The network said that the White House had agreed to record video of the interview for “archival” purposes only, The Hill reported.
The Trump interview will accompany one Norah O’Donnell did with Joe Biden.
Stahl claimed repeatedly in the interview that the show “couldn’t put on” material that it “could not verify,” referring to allegations that Joe Biden was paid millions of dollars by Chinese officials while he was vice president that were found in emails on a laptop believed to belong to son Hunter Biden, as well as accusations by Trump that the Obama administration “spied” on him.
The blatant double standard
The only problem with Stahl’s claims is that they represent a double standard in the media when it comes to Trump.
The media had no problem whatsoever asking Trump hundreds, maybe thousands of questions about allegations that he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. When the phone call with Ukraine’s president that led to his impeachment was nothing more than an allegation, he was asked about it so often that he finally released the transcript of the call.
People have accused Trump of terrible but unverified things since before he was even elected, and all of them have turned out to be false or unable to be proven. To start saying now that reporters can’t ask any questions or talk about things that haven’t been verified is so blatantly biased that Trump really had no choice but to walk out on that kind of interview.
At this point, I don’t know how he continues to bear up under the onslaught of “unverified” accusation against him. I don’t think there’s anyone else who could do it.BREAKI