WaPost media columnist calls for banning Kellyanne Conway from the news

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan in a new column calls on the media to change the way it reports on the Trump administration and to ban White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau? MORE and other officials from the airwaves.

Writing that it is a "shame to give liars a megaphone," Sullivan argues that it's well past time for the "mainstream media to enter the No Kellyanne Zone."

"And that goes far beyond banning her, or any particular adviser, from cable interview shows," her column states.


Sullivan decries what she calls "both sides" journalism in which she says statements from Trump and his "deceptive surrogates" are taken at face value.

She argues that too often news outlets repeat falsehoods from Trump and his associates as news. 

"When news organizations hand a megaphone to lies — or liars — they do actual harm. What the president himself says must be reported, of course, but only within the context of what we know," Sullivan writes. "To state it without immediate, adjacent reference to factual reality is to enter the Kellyanne Zone."

Sullivan has argued for banning current and former Trump administration officials from the airwaves and print before.

In a Sept. 4 column, Sullivan called The New Yorker magazine's decision to interview former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon a "lousy idea" and "utterly pointless" at its annual New Yorker festival because he doesn't have "something new or valuable to offer."