New: Stephen Miller's Heated Interview With CNN's Jake Tapper

Both sides claimed victory after the skirmish ended.

The talk of the Sunday political shows is the explosive interview of Stephen Miller by CNN’s Jake Tapper. The heated exchange culminated in Tapper cutting the interview short the and saying that the senior policy advisor for the Trump Administration had “wasted enough of my viewers’ time.”

The interview, on CNN’s State of the Union, centered around the new book, “Fire and Fury,” that contains a number of quotes by Steve Bannon that Miller characterized as “grotesque.” Miller also repeatedly called President Trump a “political genius” who led a “magical” movement.

The interview went off the rails about halfway through the 12-minute video as Miller began attacking Tapper and CNN for their coverage of the Trump Administration. Miller called CNN’s coverage “salacious” and accused Tapper and others of taking “joy [in] trying to stick the knife in” as well as repeatedly calling Tapper “condescending.”

For his part, Tapper accused Miller of playing to the president, at one point saying, “I’m sure he’s watching, and he’s happy you said that.”

When Miller demanded three minutes to make the case for Trump, Tapper responded, “This is my show, and I don’t want to do that.” CNN Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza defended Tapper’s response in a follow-up article saying, “And the reason is because that's not journalism. The end.”

The bout ended with a technical knockout by Tapper who abruptly cut the interview short after accusing Miller of mounting a “filibuster” that prevented deeper questioning. “I get it. There’s one viewer you care about right now,” Tapper said, “and you’re being obsequious in order to please him. I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time.” At that point, Tapper shifted to a headline about Jeff Sessions and Miller’s microphone was apparently cut off.

Both sides seemed to claim victory in the aftermath. President Trump tweeted, “Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration.”

Tapper responded with his own tweet that thanked Twitter followers for “the kind words” and featured a short gif of Tapper. In the gif, a grinning Tapper toasts his fans with a presumably frosty adult beverage. The drink in question? Colt 45.

That interview went off the rails when Miller was booked to appear.

Tapper got b-slapped right along with his lying, biased network.


I've never enjoyed Trump's pathological need for others to defend him. And this kind of interview shows why.

Miller didn't care about clarifying the white house’s stance on things, he didn't want to establish truth, he just wanted Trump to see him fighting back against the news.

Miller intentionally derailed the conversation, attacked Tapper, and caused drama. I think Tapper had every right to push back against this.

In the end, no one is wiser. Miller did nothing to convince me of his side. He may have scored some brownie points, but at the expense of my time.

But at least Trump can tweet about it during his “executive time”.

How can Trapper call himself a journalist. How can CNN have him as a host of a 'news' show when he attacks the person he is interviewing. I don't care which side the person you are interviewing is on, it is the job of the interviewer to ask questions of the person on your show. You are not there to either agree with or attack the interviewee. This why CNN and the rest of the 'lame stream' media are losing their market.

Tapper wasn't asking serious questions. He was playing a game, asking bogus 'gotcha' questions so he could cut short an effort to answer to be able to rephrase the answer inaccurately. Miller had seen this gambit over and over again----we all have---and he didn't fall for it. He took the battle to Tapper, who freaked and finally admitted he just didn't want to hear what Miller had to say. Miller made a reasonable offer, to try to head off the incessant efforts of Tapper to shut him down by talking over him---just give him three minutes. I thought that was brilliant, because it pointed out that Tapper was rude and constantly interrupting. Tapper responded: “This is my show, and I don’t want to do that.” That pretty much sums up Tapper and CNN---they have their platform and intend it to say only what they want it to say. Tapper lost it when he tried to shift the interview to insulting Miller by basically saying Miller was just sucking up to Trump, and Miller was completely right in calling him on it. I don't think Tapper has been challenged before, and he was clearly rattled. The look on his face at the end was borderline panic because he counts on being enough of a bully to run the show, and this time he got his knuckles rapped. Tapper was totally out of his league and he realized this and didn't like it, so he ran to his mute button and, so to speak, tapped out.