CBS NEWS & Donald Trump | CBS NEWS DEFENDS HOLDING Donald Trump’s CALL FOR CALM UNTIL IT AIRED ON ‘60 Minutes’
CBS News & Donald Trump – CBS News’ “60 Minutes” — which scored the first full sit-down with Donald Trump since he became president-elect — is facing questions over what it chose not to release from the interview before it aired.
During the interview, on Friday afternoon at Trump Tower in New York City, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Trump if he had a message for his supporters who have reportedly been harassing Latinos and Muslims since Trump’s election victory.
“I would say, ‘Don’t do it, that’s terrible,’ because I’m gonna bring this country together,” Trump said. “I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps — I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.’”
There have been numerous incidents of vandalism and intimidation reported since Election Day, with racist graffiti appearing in schools and pro-Trump bullying directed at children and minorities.
The network released snippets of its Trump conversation over the weekend, including the president-elect’s vow to be “restrained” on Twitter as commander in chief and his plan to keep parts of the Affordable Care Act. But Trump’s call for calm did not air until Sunday night, prompting some observers to question the ethics of sitting on comments that might dissuade potential violence.
In a statement to Yahoo News, CBS defended its decision.
“We released a quote on the issue that affects millions of Americans,” a “60 Minutes” spokesman said in a statement. “And that was his statement on Obamacare.”
But it’s not just Trump supporters who have been stirring things up. Since Trump’s stunning defeat of Hillary Clinton, anti-Trump protests have erupted around the country, some turning violent. Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested.
On Thursday night, Trump took to Twitter to criticize the protesters and accuse the media of inciting them.
SOURCE: Yahoo News