Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, in a letter to executives of top TV networks, asked that they no longer have President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, on-air, citing what was described as his “false, debunked conspiracy theories.”
Background: Gulliani has appeared on numerous networks, defending his client, President Trump, ever since news about the whistleblower complaint emerged. Several of his interviews have gone viral due to his combative style, notably his exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo in which he appeared to confirm that he asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, only to walk back his claim several seconds later.
“I am defending my client the best way I know how. This is not about getting Joe Biden in trouble. This is about proving that Donald Trump was framed by the Democrats,” Giuliani said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
The letter, first reported by The Daily Beast, was sent by Senior adviser Anita Dunn and deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield and addressed to CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, and Fox News.
NEW: Team BIDEN just sent letter to every major TV news network, calling for RUDY to be kept off the airwaves. “He will knowingly and willingly lie,” letter says. pic.twitter.com/7oGQ4b3f4X
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) September 29, 2019
“We write to demand that in service to the facts, you no longer book Rudy Giuliani, a surrogate for Donald Trump who has demonstrated that he will knowingly and willingly lie in order to advance his own narrative … While you often fact check his statements in real-time during your discussions, that is no longer enough. By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation,” reads the letter.
“Giving Rudy Giuliani valuable time on your air to push these lies in the first place is a disservice to your audience and a disservice to journalism.”
Gulliani’s response: The letter “sounds like the usual left-wing censorship. Everything I say is supported by such as today, affidavits and statements. They are the ones who have covered up pay for play for at least 5 years.”
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