Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bob Schieffer is warned by CNN host about his lack of negativity on President's Saudi trip, Schieffer is accused of "normalizing" our president to their viewers

BOB SCHIEFFER: Today you saw a very different President Trump. He actually sounded presidential. You may agree or disagree with what he said, but he sounded like a president . . . This went over very well, mainly because he stayed on script. No tweets today. But a dignified speech.

I think very few people would disagree with me when I say he helped himself today, because he didn’t sound like the guy at the end of the bar popping off. He sounded like someone who had actually thought about what he was going to say before he said it.

JOHN BERMAN: You know, Bob, though, that there will be people who look at that last comment you made and say, you’re normalizing the president. You’re saying because he met this admittedly very low bar for not sounding foolish, in fact, he was in fact presidential. What would you say to criticism like that?

SCHIEFFER: Well, I’m not trying to normalize him in any way. I’m trying to do what reporters do, and that, report and try to emphasize what I think was important here.

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