CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer got into a heated exchange with Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) wife, Jane Sanders, over whether or not the media is responsible after Wednesday’s shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice.
During the interview, Jane Sanders condemned the violence, claiming that it’s unacceptable but Blitzer defended the media’s reporting that has been the cause of much of the violence against Republicans and Trump supporters.
During the interview, Jane Sanders condemned violence, claiming that it’s unacceptable, despite allegations that the shooter was a staunch Bernie supporter during the 2016 presidential election.
“This is not OK, and it’s certainly not what Bernie preaches,” Sanders said.
Blitzer later asked Sanders’ thoughts on whether or not she felt her husband was wrong in calling President Donald Trump “the worst and most dangerous president in the history of our country,” to which she responded, “I don’t think so.”
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“We have to be able to discuss the issues without demonizing the opponent,” she said. “And honestly, Wolf, I think the media needs to look at itself as well.”
She continued, “The media characterizes every conversation as an adversarial one. Your job, the media’s job, I think, is to illuminate the facts, not fan the flames.”
“The media continues to cover the latest scandal, the latest back and forth, but not the issues so much,” she concluded her argument.
Blitzer wasn’t having it, and retorted, “If a president or a senator or someone of authority is making very, very strong statements, you want us to simply ignore those statements, if there’s a social media post, a tweet and the president says something really, really strong.”
“Do you want us to censor those words as part of the news media?” he asked. “What are you suggesting?”
Former Socialist Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Wednesday he was “sickened” by what he called a “despicable act” after a man who volunteered for his campaign opened fire at a congressional baseball practice outside Washington, wounding four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
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