The interview highlighted that Trump is “unable or unwilling to accept reality,” CNN’s head of media, Brian Stelter, said on the “Trusted Sources” program Sunday.
Trump spread misinformation throughout the conversation.
Trump falsely told Bartheromo: “We had some flaws as they transferred thousands of votes from my account to Biden’s account” as he continued to crush the mail vote and incorrectly claimed that “the dead were applying for a ballot.”
In addition to Trump’s unwillingness to acknowledge Joe Biden’s election victory, Bartiromo’s unchallenged acceptance of Trump’s false narrative also poses a threat to American democracy, Oliver Darcy, CNN’s chief media correspondent, said of “credible sources.”
Bartiromo’s journalistic career goes back more than 25 years. She made a name for herself when she launched “Squawk Box” on CNBC morning’s “The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” and “On the Money with Maria Bartiromo”. In 1995, she went down in history as the first reporter to be broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
But a lot of media outlets changed their view of her after she went to Fox News.
“Maria Bartiromo, who was once a terrifying and well-known journalist, became famous for working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and forcing CEOs to tell the truth,” said Stelter. “Now she sits behind a desk and calls the president to lie, lie and lie.” .
Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said Trump’s disinformation campaign about the election is not a coherent strategy and more than that about throwing spaghetti on a wall hoping something sticks.
“What he’s running now is a classic Russian-style disinformation campaign,” Rauch said.
He added that Trump’s intention is to “flood the region” and “confuse the people” by advancing conspiracy theories, lies and half-truths.
The fact that his conspiracy theories have gained so much traction shows that Trump’s strategy was effective in gaining support from Republicans – if not to nullify the election result. When it comes to Trump’s skills in the field, Rauch said, “I think he’s better than Putin.”
Rauch added that President-elect Joe Biden has done a good job “by not living up to every conspiracy thrown there.”
Sunday’s interview came after a long streak of silence toward Trump. People who work closely with the president avoided answering questions about the election, and they avoided questions about the president’s efforts to cancel the election.