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Politics Meadows criticizes veteran journalist Lesley Stahl as an 'opinion journalist'

18:06  21 october  2020
18:06  21 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

The Lincoln Project's campaign against Trump

  The Lincoln Project's campaign against Trump A group of longtime Republican strategists who have worked with the likes of John McCain and George W. Bush have launched a scorching campaign against the president. Lesley Stahl reports.They call themselves the Lincoln Project. Named for the "Party of Lincoln," which they allege has gone so dangerously astray under President Donald Trump that they've decided to take the strategic and ad-making firepower they've trained for years on Democrats and turn it against their own. And the president's bout with COVID-19 is not slowing them down.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday criticized veteran CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl as an "opinion journalist" and denied that President Trump "walked out" of his taped interview for "60 Minutes" on Tuesday.

Mark Meadows wearing a suit and tie: Meadows criticizes veteran journalist Lesley Stahl as an 'opinion journalist' © Getty Images Meadows criticizes veteran journalist Lesley Stahl as an 'opinion journalist'

Meadows, speaking on Fox Business, also indicated as Trump did on Tuesday that the White House may release video of the interview before it airs on "60 Minutes" Sunday, despite the network saying that the White House agreed that they would tape the interview "for archival purposes only."

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"He didn't walk out. The characterization of that - he spent over 45 minutes with Lesley Stahl. I've looked at every single minute of the interview and then some. We have tape of every single minute," Meadows told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo.

"Listen, when you have a '60 Minutes' reporter, they should be a reporter not an opinion journalist. And she came across more like an opinion journalist than a real reporter," Meadows continued, adding that he believed the "American people will be able to see it."

Trump expressed anger at Stahl after taping the interview for "60 Minutes" on Tuesday afternoon and threatened in a tweet to release the interview himself. CBS News said that Trump cut the interview short, a detail that Meadows did not explicitly deny on Tuesday.

Donald Trump leaves contentious '60 Minute' interview with Lesley Stahl, goes on Twitter attack

  Donald Trump leaves contentious '60 Minute' interview with Lesley Stahl, goes on Twitter attack Trump abruptly ended his '60 Minutes' interview and skipped a joint interview with Vice President Mike Pence; he also tweeted an attack on Lesley Stahl"This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about," Trump said in a pair of tweets hours after contentious exchanges with "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl.

CNN reported that Trump sat down with Stahl for 45 minutes and abruptly ended it without participating in a planned appearance with Vice President Mike Pence.

It is unclear why the interview so incensed the president. Following its conclusion, Trump tweeted out a clip of Stahl, claiming it showed her not wearing a mask in the White House after the interview. A CBS official said that Stahl wore a mask as she entered the White House and leading up to the time of the interview, and that the image Trump tweeted was taken immediately following the interview as she spoke with her producers.

Stahl is a veteran of CBS News who has worked for "60 Minutes" since 1991. Stahl interviewed Trump in 2016 and 2018, the latter her most recent with the president during which she pressed him on a variety of fronts.

Trump and his allies regularly accuse the press of bias in their coverage of the president and his administration. Trump often denies coverage that is critical as "fake news," a phrase that has become a rallying cry of sorts for his base.

"60 Minutes" will air duel interviews of Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who is being interviewed by correspondent Norah O'Donnell, on Sunday, at which point there will be just over a week before Election Day. Trump is currently trailing Biden nationally and in swing state polling.

60 minutes says the huge book Trump's press secretary presented to Leslie Stahl as his 'healthcare plan' was largely filled with existing legislation .
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered the huge book to Stahl after President Trump cut short an interview with CBS's '60 Minutes.'During a tense "60 Minutes" interview, which aired Sunday, Trump became increasingly frustrated by what Stahl had promised would be "tough" questions, culminating with his decision to cut short the interview and walk out of the room.

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