Jake Tapper Is Having a Moment

CNN anchor is drawing a lot of attention over fights with Trump team
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2017 1:48 PM CST

(Newser) – If it feels like you've been seeing or hearing about CNN's Jake Tapper a lot recently, it's not your imagination. Tapper has emerged front and center in the media spotlight, particularly after a testy 25-minute interview with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday in which he told her, "Facts are stubborn things." (You can watch it in full here.) A look at coverage:

  • Mike Allen's Axios reports that "Republican operatives were urging at least one conservative-friendly website to write Jake Tapper hit pieces" in the wake of the interview.
  • Tapper seems to be enjoying that threat, notes the New York Times, mocking the "obedient attack dogs" and even adding to the TapperDirtFile on Twitter with jokey items.

  • Tapper appeared on Stephen Colbert's show Wednesday night, telling the host that "nobody cares" at CNN that President Trump doesn't like the network, per the Washington Post. "My job is not to be liked."
  • The Blaze notes that Hillary Clinton's camp didn't like him, either, as evidenced in a leaked memo.
  • Samantha Bee had high praise for the Conway interview. See video via Esquire.
  • A profile at Slate suggests that Tapper has emerged as the "ideal newsman for our age," in part because he's a "dogged reporter, a truth-seeker, kind of a d---." But it also notes that his "smugness" can "wear thin." Read it here.
  • The Daily Beast has an interview in which Tapper says he's politically independent, literally (as a registered Independent) and "in thought."
  • Tapper's facial expressions have become so famous during interviews (he insists it's unintentional) that the Washington Post has an interactive feature about them here.
(Read more Jake Tapper stories.)

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