Donald Trump: I am not ‘thin-skinned’

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

60 Minutes gets two scoops: Putin, Trump.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fought back against assertions that he is “thin skinned” in an interview set to air in full on “60 Minutes” Sunday. NEW YORK — Producers at CBS are making four separate episodes of “60 Minutes” for Sunday, trying to fit in three stories that include two top-of-the-news interviews — with Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.As Donald Trump continues his fight with just about everybody in the media, CBS Evening News previewed a question from Scott Pelley‘s interview for 60 Minutes about why he dishes out the heat in public fights, but can’t take any punches without immediately firing back.Donald Trump has been feuding with Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Hugh Hewitt, Roger Ailes, Ted Cruz … and pretty much anyone who’s ever had to say a bad word about him.

After some more complaining about how horrible the media is to him, Trump, of course, said that there was a difference between bad stories and lies, and his beef is with the later. “They write lies, they write false stories. In a wide-ranging interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” airing Sunday, Trump told Scott Pelley: “Some of the media are among the worst people I’ve ever met. Both interviews came together about the same time, and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager said he didn’t want to hold anything back. “The combination is irresistible,” he said. The Putin interview will lead the season-opening broadcast of the venerable newsmagazine, followed by Scott Pelley’s attempt to pin down Trump on issues. And frankly I don’t call it thin-skinned, I’m angry.” While Trump also continued to say that Megyn Kelly‘s questions from the first debate were “unfair” Pelley grilled him about the fact that one night of tough questions led to a week at war with her and all of Fox News.

Again, if people say things that are false, which happens a lot with me – if people say things that are false I will fight, like, harder than anybody.” “If I do something wrong, and that happens, and they write a fair story… there’s nothing to fight about. Since it’s impossible to predict when the football game that precedes “60 Minutes” will end, separate hour-long, 75-minute and 90-minute episodes are being made for other time zones. Fager said Putin and Russia appear to be feeling the effects of U.S. sanctions and the Russian leader believes the time is right to address the American people on the eve of a United Nations appearance. “He was sarcastic, he was witty, he was himself — we think,” said Fager, who went to Moscow with Rose. “We’re not sure he levelled with us every time, but it’s a big interview.” Putin denies that he’s effectively another Russian czar.

And he interrupts Rose with a wry smile when asked about his image in America: “Maybe they have nothing else to do in America but talk about me,” he says. Earlier this week, Rose taped intros for the piece in a CBS studio, his apparent weariness making him trip over a few phrases he probably wouldn’t otherwise. You know I’m a very honorable guy, I don’t like lies.” Trump earned himself a reputation for being sensitive to media scrutiny by way of blasting news outlets and reporters who are critical of his campaign.

With other broadcast newsmagazines turning more thematic, particularly with crime stories, it puts the CBS show in a better place to get news-making interviews, Fager said. This week was another close-to-home example: Stephen Colbert of CBS’ “Late Show” reached his largest audience since his première on the night that Trump was a guest. “60 Minutes” cannot resist, either, and Pelley uses the opportunity to press the candidate for specifics on issues like taxes, education, defence and immigration, Fager said. The show’s editing alone makes it a different experience than the call-in interviews he does with many other networks. “He’s a very interesting man, and he’s taken off for a reason,” Fager said. “It’s because he says what he thinks, and that’s refreshing to a lot of people.

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