Things became tense Friday afternoon when CNN host Wolf Blitzer called out a veteran reporter about finding better sources next time within the White House.
During the heated discussion, the CNN host blasted reporter Gloria Borger for not having good sources after they claimed former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus would not be fired on Friday.
“I think in a way the Reince Priebus departure is not a surprise, although we did get pushback on it today,” Borger said. “But we had heard…”
Blitzer interrupted her, asking her to clarify what she means by “pushback” because “a lot of our viewers don’t understand that.”
He then put her on the spot again asking, “Are these people simply out of the loop? They don’t know what they’re talking about? Or are they lying?”
Borger, appearing surprised by his comments, replied:
“Uh, it could be a little bit of both, and it could also be that the person involved didn’t know at that point,” she said. “I mean—you know, Wolf, it’s hard to know. All I know is you’re only as good as your sources, and you have a source that tells you that Reince Priebus will be gone, and then you have a good source that tells you that’s not the case.”
He then proceeded to scold the reporter, saying: “Well, clearly the sources that were pushing you away are not good sources, so you’ve got to be careful with those sources down the road,” Blitzer said, as Borger laughed uncomfortably across from him. “Either they don’t know what they’re talking about, or they’re lying … That’s my experience as a reporter.”
Borger did not take kindly to his remarks during the awkward exchange and attempted to defend herself.
“Thank you, but I’m not the only one here doing the reporting on this,” she said. “And when you get differing stories from the White House in which there are competing interests and you have to understand the decider is the President of the United States, and I was told the president made his decision, but you never know until you know in these situations…particularly with this White House.”
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