“All you guys do is bash CNN,” but “thanks for the ratings” a frustrated Chris Cuomo told Trump surrogate Kellyanne Conway during a fiery exchange Monday.
Cuomo, who has clashed with the notoriously obstructionist Conway in the past, was placed on the defensive despite his repeated attempts to focus the discussion on Donald Trump Jr.’s alleged meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign.
On the heels of a “fake news” scandal that culminated in the resignations of three CNN staffers, Cuomo’s efforts to restore the legitimacy of his employer were futile in the face of Conway’s zingers.
"I admire your moxie, sitting there with the CNN chyron next to you," Conway said at one point, alluding to recent issues with journalistic integrity at CNN.
Clearly perturbed, Cuomo shot back: "I could not be more proud to have that CNN chyron next to me.” (The fact that he made such a statement with a straight face should be commendable to say the least).
But Conway wasn’t done yet. Putting the final nail in the coffin, she called out CNN for its obsession over a highly-speculative Trump-Russia collusion story that never fully materialized.
"Aren't you the least bit reluctant, if not embarrassed, that you now talk about Russia more than you talk about America?" Conway asked rhetorically.
Watch the relevant portions of the testy exchange below:
Kellyanne Conway and Chris Cuomo clash on air over Donald Trump Jr's meeting with a Russian lawyer https://t.co/PNXrCUMlw3— CNN (@CNN) July 10, 2017