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CNN star Anderson Cooper defended his network’s widely reviled town hall with former president Donald Trump, condemning “ridiculous lies” Trump told at the event, but also admonishing critics who feel that CNN should have never held it.
“You have every right to be outraged today and angry and never watch this network again,” Cooper said on his show late Thursday, the day after the town hall. “But do you think staying in your silo and only listening to people you agree with is going to make that person go away?”
CNN and its chief executive, Chris Licht, were barraged with backlash from viewers, journalists at other outlets and even some network employees after hosting what one critic called a “predictably disastrous” town hall, during which Trump repeatedly lied despite moderator Kaitlan Collins’s attempts to correct him.
During the 70-minute event, Trump recycled false claims of “a rigged election” in 2020, derailed several of…
This article was written by Samantha Chery and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com