Conway slams media in wake of Comey's firing

Conway slams media in wake of Comey's firing
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White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayVaping advocates feel confident Trump will turn from flavor ban Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Krystal Ball praises former McConnell aide's historic win in Kentucky MORE slammed the media on Sunday for its coverage of FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThere are poor ideas, bad ones and Facebook's Libra Trump has considered firing official who reported whistleblower complaint to Congress: report Broadcast, cable news networks to preempt regular programming for Trump impeachment coverage MORE’s firing.

Conway criticized members of the press corps for live tweeting the White House press briefings during an appearance on Fox News’s “Media Buzz.” 

“It’s always the issue du jour. It’s the explosive, what they decide is the explosive, myopically obsessive story of the week. And they go on that, and it’s presumptively negative,” Conway said.

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Conway repeated a frequent criticism administration officials have of reporters, which is that they fail to provide adequate coverage of Trump’s policies and actions on various issues.

“The media has to decide too, you know, what is its relationship with the White House? How does it want to cover the White House? Where are the editors?” Conway asked.

“I mean, some days I think along with the FBI director, a lot of these editors got fired. Twitter is not an assignment editor. It’s not a source.”

No officials from the White House communications department appeared on the five major Sunday shows this week, with Conway being the only spokesperson to schedule any interviews on the wider circuit. 

The White House press shop has been under fire in the wake of Comey’s dismissal last week, as the administration pointed to varying reasons for the FBI director’s ouster. 

Trump, who fired Comey in a signed letter on Tuesday, said he dismissed the head of the FBI because he “was not doing a good job.”

The White House denied that the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the United States presidential election played a part in Comey’s firing. However, in an interview with NBC News, Trump referenced the Russia probes as he detailed his decision to dismiss Comey.

Trump also said he planned to fire Comey regardless of recommendations from top officials at the Justice Department, a statement which contradicted the account provided by senior White House officials, who highlighted the recommendation in explaining the FBI head’s release.