honesty not his policy
September 18, 2019

President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski went almost right from testifying that it's fine to lie to the media to doing an interview with the media, and you can probably imagine the result.

Lewandowski appeared on CNN's New Day on Wednesday after speaking in a House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing Tuesday. During the hearing, after being confronted with an admittedly incorrect statement he made in an interview, he said he has "no obligation to be honest with the media."

CNN's Alisyn Camerota confronted Lewandowski about this admission, although he mostly evaded her questions by repeatedly bringing up former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a CNN contributor, allegedly lying to federal investigators. What Lewandowski never said was that he does not, in fact, lie to the media on a regular basis, instead claiming that he is "as honest as I can be as often as I can be."

Even when Camerota directly asked Lewandowski whether he was lying in that very interview, Lewandowski dodged and offered the exact same answer, repeating, "I'm as honest as I can be with you, Alisyn." CNN faced criticism Wednesday for booking Lewandowski for this mostly unproductive interview immediately after his defense of being dishonest in interviews, with The Daily Beast's Sam Stein writing the decision "left me feeling intense despair." Brendan Morrow

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