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Trump to ’60 Minutes’ Stahl: ‘I Don’t Have to Discredit You. You’re Discrediting Yourself, Lesley’

Trump to ’60 Minutes’ Stahl: ‘I Don’t Have to Discredit You. You’re Discrediting Yourself, Lesley’

Trump’s right. Lesley Stahl discredited herself in this interview.

President Donald Trump released a 38-minute video of his interview with 60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl in order to prove it was nothing more than a “vicious attempted ‘takeout’ interview of” him.

It’s really disgusting.

I know a few journalists like to play devil’s advocate, like John Stoessel, but Stahl comes off as a condescending know-it-all snob. Stossel does it well and we know he’s not doing it to take shots at the subject.

Hunter Biden’s Laptop

Stahl repeated leftist talking points about Obama’s administration spying on Trump’s campaign and the emails found on Hunter Biden’s computer:

“I wish you would interview Joe Biden like you interview me,” Trump said, complaining that while his November opponent undergoes a massive scandal implicating corrupt ties to Chinese businessmen, the news media asks former Vice President Joe Biden what kind of ice cream was purchased during a campaign stop.

“He’s in the midst of a scandal,” Trump continued, before being cut off by Stahl.

“He’s not,” Stahl interrupted. “He’s not. No.”

“You’re like Big Tech. You’re protecting him,” Trump said, going on to outline several of the questionable transactions recently revealed by Senate investigators and the New York Post in recent weeks to a defiant Stahl. “Do you think it’s okay for the mayor of Moscow’s wife to give him millions and millions of dollars? … Do you think it’s OK for Hunter Biden to say we’re giving the ”Big Guy’ 10 percent of this massive amount of money?”

The FBI confirmed it’s been investigating the laptop since 2019. Tony Bubolinski, one of Hunter’s associates, confirmed that the emails published by The New York Post are genuine.

Gov. Whitmer Kidnapping Plot

Then Stahl really tried to tie Trump to the kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer:

Piquing Trump’s rage, Stahl attempted to tie him to a foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, citing his harsh criticism of her COVID-19 lockdown policies.

“You want to lock her up,” she said.

“Of course not,” Trump shot back. Stahl insisted, however, that Trump had said so at a recent rally.

“Lesley, it’s such a vicious thing that you just said. I never said lock up the governor of Michigan. I would never say that. Why would I say that? Because she’s doing lockdowns?” he said.

I guess Stahl forgot that the men behind the plot also hate Trump. Here’s the thing about anarchists. Real anarchists, not the ones out on the streets, despise authority no matter the party.

Spying on 2016 Campaign

Trump brought up the Obama spying on his campaign. Stahl said that CBS cannot air anything that is unverified:

“The biggest scandal,” Trump said however, “was when they spied on my campaign.”

Stahl dismissed the claim.

“There’s no real evidence of that,” Stahl responded, telling the president that the network would not be airing anything it “can’t verify.”

“You won’t put it on because it’s bad for Biden,” Trump said.

Um, Carter Page, anyone?

CBS Responds

CBS’s response lacks the self-awareness you would expect from the establishment. 90% of it is bragging about the supposed importance of 60 minutes while the other 10% tried to defend Stahl.


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I will be watching Trump’s video. I won’t be watching 60 Minutes. You would have thought 60 Minutes might have learned something with what happened during RatherGate…but I guess not.

This should be done for ALL interviews. No more “creative editing” by the Joseph Goebbels media.

    I listened to the entire interview. The President was articulate and long suffering. Stahl was a yappy little winning dog, nipping out the same questions over and over. I was shocked at how unappealing Stahl was.

    After they cut the piece, they will make up new questions for Stahl to ask. And, in the reshoot, Stahl will not be a whiny little b#tch.

      Olinser in reply to MattMusson. | October 22, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      You’ve obviously never encountered an actual member of the ‘press’ before.

      They ALL do that. If an interview isn’t live, they ask the same question over and over and over again.

      If you’re a Republican, they cut and paste the answer that makes you look the worst. If a Democrat, they take the one that makes you look the best.

      Sometimes they go much further, by inserting clips of dead air making it look like you were ‘stumped’ by the question. Sometimes the hacks will even paste a different question in front of your answer.

      She was trying to goad Trump into losing his temper so they could cut and paste that.

      Life lesson – never, EVER give an interview in which you do not record the entire thing yourself. If you tell them that you’re recording the interview yourself and they object, walk out.

        Worse, they will use the two-camera technique and record again *after* the interview is over, so they can get the questioner asking *different* questions than were asked during the interview, then splice those together with shots of the subject listening to a *different* question but with the audio track shifted. I recall seeing breakdowns of several interviews where they pulled this kind of deception, one of which was done in a hotel room where you could tell the cuts because the second set of cut-in shots they did were shot in a different hotel with different curtain, which made it obvious if you watched careful.

The Trump campaign should have released their video about two hours before the interview aired. Right now, the CBS video crew is busy re-re-editing the interview from the chopped-up hash job that was going to air into something vaguely approaching the truth, so we can’t point at the particularly bad points and laugh at their bias.

Then again, that may have been his goal. The 60 Minutes viewer set doesn’t intersect broadly with the conservative voter set. By throwing egg on their faces now, he reinforces his conservative support *and* gets a more favorable video released to undecided voters on a network that would rather saw off a few limbs than admit Trump was right on anything.

Plus, they’ll still mangle the editing, although not as bad, allowing us to point and laugh at the worst spots. Win-win.

2smartforlibs | October 22, 2020 at 3:19 pm

Maybe she should look up the Mueller and Horowitz reports. I’m pretty sure I can find in her own words her spreading the Russia Hoax.

Although widely available now, as far as I can tell, the video has been scrubbed from twitter.

Why is Trump even talking to Leslie Stahalin?

    Olinser in reply to Anchovy. | October 22, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    For exactly this reason. He looks great, she looks like the whiny partisan hack she is, and he gets to show the outright lies and refusal to cover anything.

    Honestly perfectly played by Trump.

    JeromeF in reply to Anchovy. | October 23, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Exactly. Stahl is a talentless skank in high heels. 60
    Minutes has been a left wing joke for decades.

Reminds me of Ruth Ginsburg who famously stated, “I will stay on the court as long as I can do the job full steam.” Of course she stayed on till she was completely out of steam and finally kicked the bucket. But Leslie, in the mold of Ruth Ginsburg, goes full steam in an attempt to steam-roll over Trump. But in the midst of her 60 minutes of vicious flailing, Leslie got “Stahled.” You went full retard, Leslie. Never go full retard.

Lesley Stahl was not prepared for this interview, and as a result it became argumentative.

I was surprised that Trump ending the interview was just a simple “that’s enough”, rather than the hysterical Trump stormed out of the room that we were fed.

He should have jammed the camera up her ass on the way out.

What a scumbag Sahl is.

And you know what? So is AG Barr.

And so is the garbage running NPR – on taxpayer money:

“NPR Refuses to Report on Growing Biden Scandal: We Don’t Want to Waste Listeners’ Time”

Right now Stahl is doing a lead in piece where she explains that they will only be airing the portions of the interview that can be “verified” so it will not be what was released by Trump. More than half has already hit the cutting room floor. They will then follow what’s left of the interview with an “expert” who will “fact” check the parts left out.

Trump was brilliant to release the unredacted version, exposing the B.S. that everyone knows they do with selective editing.

    MattMusson in reply to DanJ1. | October 22, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    After they cut the piece, they will write fake questions that Stahl will reshoot. And, in those scenes she will be articulate and intelligent. But, she was not those things in the original.

Great Idea to record the full version and prevent malicious editing. Even better that Trump releases it first. They say Trump broke their agreement as if letting them edit the interview to make Trump look bad is an agreement.

I really miss Tim Russert. He would do his homework, ask a question and let the subject hang themselves with their own words.

The fall back position after leaving the “major” networks is NPR and PBS. Add to that Russia and China when they start American news hours.. Agitprop Today with Leslie Stahl.

Edward R. Murrow derailing investigations into Soviet influence in US government. Walter Chronkite aiding North Vietnam in winning the war. Dan Rather trying to derail Bush 43. Now this….

Many years back, there was an energy company that did their own video refuting Sixty Minutes.

Many Trump need to do some of those. Selective edit and fact check Stahl.

Everyone can product videos now.

    MattMusson in reply to MarkSmith. | October 22, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    That was the interview when Mike Wallace made such derogatory remarks about Blacks and Mexicans. And, how they could not see over the watermellon and tacos to look at what they were signing.

nordic_prince | October 22, 2020 at 4:45 pm

So glad to have someone in the White House who will stand up to the Mockingbird Media.

JackinSilverSpring | October 22, 2020 at 5:06 pm

Leslie Stahl must be living on another planet. To maintain that the Trump campaign was not spied on is beyond belief. What do you call unmasking? And to maintain that the Hunter Biden laptop is unverified is also beyond belief. There are thousands of pictures of Hunter Biden in compromising positions, and there are others who have come forward to verify the emails.
> BTW compare how the Maoist State Media ran with the unverified Russia collusion hoax, but how they avert their eyes when confronted with Hunter Biden’s laptop. Not for nothing do I say that the media are in the propaganda business not the news business.

Comanche Voter | October 22, 2020 at 5:10 pm

Leslie Stahl has been around the block a few times–lots of mileage on her. By now she should know that some things can not be fixed. And stupid is one of them. But in her world she may actually believe what she says.

This is gold (“That’s gold Jerry, gold!”) . . . and I have shared with one of my friend/acquaintances — one of the leading Trump impersonators who will doubtlessly enjoy and learn from.

He tries to stay apolitical (because, well obviously), but he’s pretty good too: