“Unreality” is not a word journalists like to throw around to describe the national state of affairs, but that’s how we’re living, said CNN’s Jake Tapper and MTV News / New York Times / Crooked Media political columnist Ana Marie Cox.
In a Friday afternoon South by Southwest talk that replaced one that was to have featured Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the two discussed the difficulties of covering a presidential administration that habitually lies. “Lying offends me,” Tapper said at one point, opening up a portal to a world where every waking professional moment must be an existential Dead Zone. It was harrowing.
Cox stressed how difficult it is to cover politics at a time when even the most agreed-upon facts are disputed as “#fakenews.”
Tapper, who famously clashed with the Trump administration’s Kellyanne Conway on live television, did find a silver lining in the current state of affairs: he’s thrilled that “Saturday Night Live” comic Beck Bennett is playing him, considering he’s 20 years younger, fit and has better hair.
“I really dodged a bullet,” Tapper said.
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