Written by DML
I’m guessing that Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, loves being introduced on TV as a “friend of President Trump.” That said, I’m guessing he’s got to be as shocked as I am when considering how this sort of profile emerged.
Ruddy couldn’t get “his friend” to make a single appearance on NewsmaxTV for months on end, and during a time when the popular candidate was making all the media rounds, including appearing on web-based shows like Alex Jones.
Go to YouTube. Try to find one video clip of Trump physically appearing on Newsmax from January 2016 to June 2016. You won’t find one.
The “Trump blow off” frustrated Ruddy and his team greatly, I think.
Ruddy made a great deal of money selling “Make America Great Again” caps. But even so, the biggest name in politics would not enter foot in our studios, nor would he grant a face to face interview at Trump Tower. Where’s the friendship?
It’s not like Newsmax couldn’t attract big interviews. Dr. Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee… they all came on air, but not Trump. Sounds weird, no?
Getting press credentials for Trump rallies was a challenge. In fact, we were actually turned down for access to one of the rallies in New Jersey. If Ruddy has an inside connection to Trump, where is it?
Today, media outlets continue to list Ruddy and Newsmax as conservative. This alone is a prime example of how the press doesn’t do its job. Conservative? Ruddy is listed as a million-dollar donor to the Clinton Foundation. Ruddy has published articles raving about Hillary and Bill Clinton, and he appears to go out of his way to protect them. Example: Ruddy would not permit hosts like myself to interview two credible authors of anti-Hillary books published in 2016. Why?
What sort of conservative sends “buddy” messages to John Podesta? According to emails published by WikiLeaks, Ruddy went back and forth with Podesta several times, including one exchange about setting up meetings to share information he obtained from Republican lawmakers with President Obama.
Somehow, Ruddy has wiggled his way back in with Trump – or has he?
Months ago, Ruddy was discredited when the White House denied statements he made about Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Ruddy had gone on national TV after seeing Trump at Mar-a-Largo — where Ruddy is a member — and claimed the president told him that he was unhappy with Priebus. The accusations started a firestorm of reports claiming the president was going to fire Priebus. The White House immediately denied the allegations made by Ruddy, and today Priebus remains in his job.
The president, and the media should have blown off Ruddy by now, no? Why is this guy being interviewed as a credible source?
Yesterday, Ruddy appeared on PBS and said he felt the president was considering the idea of firing Mueller as special counsel to the Russia investigation.
Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump did not talk to Ruddy about Mueller. In addition, during his senate testimony the deputy attorney general discredited the rumor launched by Ruddy by saying there is no plan to rid of Mueller.
I can only think of one scenario where Trump would sit with Ruddy and feed him information.
Does the president use Ruddy to leak information to the press? In other words, will Ruddy toss out garbage on CNN and PBS knowing that he will ultimately be slated as a liar the next day? Either way, is there a new meaning of friendship that I don’t know about?
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) June 12, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 13, 2017
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