Carl Bernstein had some tough remarks for President-elect Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway, slamming her as the incoming leader’s “propaganda minister.”
“It’s time to talk about what we do as journalists, and what propaganda ministers do, and that is what she is, is a propaganda minister,” the reporter of Watergate fame said on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program Wednesday night.
He made his comments after the president-elect and Conway lashed out against CNN, following its reporting on a memo leaked by BuzzFeed that alleged Russia had compromising information on Trump relating to his sexual behavior.
The cable network, while omitting the details of the unverified accusations, did report on their existence, which led to outrage from the Trump camp. Conway tried to discredit CNN’s reporting by pointing out that it relied on anonymous sources. Bernstein pointed out that Conway herself has made comments to the press as an unnamed official, effectively labeling her a hypocrite.
“And another thing about anonymous sources, one of the great anonymous sources of our era is Kellyanne Conway,” he said. “She does it every day, she has been an anonymous source for the last ten months particularly during this campaign when it suits her.”
Bernstein should know about anonymous sources. He and Bob Woodward found “Deep Throat” to spill the beans about the famed Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon.
Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.
WATCH: Carl Bernstein Blasts Kellyanne Conway as Donald Trump’s ‘Propaganda Minister’