White House counselor Kellyanne Conway blasted the mainstream media following last week's New Zealand mosque massacres, saying journalists "immediately politicize everything" — i.e., blame President Donald Trump for the mass killings — and add opinion to their coverage of such tragedies.
"They insert themselves ― 'I must speak! I must say something!'" Conway told Fox News' Jesse Watters on Saturday. "No, you don't. You can actually shut up and pray for people and wait for the authorities to make their judgments."
Conway added to reporters that they should "look at what the president said right away — condemning violence, condemning hate, standing with the people of New Zealand" and threw in a word of caution: "Don't do things that will inspire a copycat."
She also said the killer's manifesto provided something that wasn't present in similar incidents — "clear evidence of who this person is and what motivates him" — but that the media still will spin things to suit its own agenda.
'It's getting a little weird'
To wit: Conway noted "it's increasingly obvious" reporters "have no idea how defeat Donald Trump in 2020," so over the last few weeks "they keep talking about the 2016 campaign; it's getting a little weird." She said it's likely due to journalists having no interest in covering Trump's successes with the economy, trade, and other areas — and certainly not his perspective on the "border crisis."
"They never let the facts get in the way of their opinions," Conway added during her interview with Watters. "And by the way, they're speaking to each other. They're not informing the public; they're giving opinions. That's not news. Give us news, and if you're waiting on the news, we can be patient and wait on the news."