In a move reminiscent of Infowars host Alex Jones, President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he would pre-empt the broadcast of a slanted 60 Minutes interview by releasing an uncut version.
On Tuesday, the president is reported to have “abruptly ended” an interview with CBS 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl.
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After camera crews set up at the White House on Monday, Trump sat down with host Lesley Stahl for about 45 minutes on Tuesday before he abruptly ended the interview and told the network he believed they had enough material to use, according to two sources.
The interview was set to air Sunday on CBS, but on Tuesday afternoon the president warned he was considering posting the session himself to expose Stahl’s bias.
“I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME!” the president posted to social media, referring to the network’s dishonest “electoral intrusion.”
“This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about …Everyone should compare this terrible Electoral Intrusion with the recent interviews of Sleepy Joe Biden!”
Trump’s move to hijack the interview is a play taken directly out of Infowars radio host Alex Jones’ playbook, particularly when he outsmarted Fox News-turned-NBC personality Megyn Kelly by releasing an unedited version of her hit piece on him, scooping and undermining NBC’s edit in the process.
After being contacted by Kelly in 2017, Jones sensed the network likely planned to take him out of context and selectively edit the interview, so he went on to release a lengthy taped phone call of a pre-interview with Kelly, which showed her basically showering Jones with praise and promising not to release a “gotcha hit piece.”
Jones subsequently made international headlines by scooping NBC and managed to throw cold water on the predicable hit piece that ensued – meanwhile, NBC parted ways with Kelly soon after giving her a daytime talk show.
The move has proven successful in the past, and could very well work for Trump with the Stahl interview.
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