Trump protection lawyer Michael van der Veen appeared on CBSN after the impeachment trial ended on Saturday, and launched into anchor Lana Zak over her implication that his expenses of Home Democrats doctoring proof had been trivial. It belongs on an all-time listing of media smackdowns. 

Zak began the interview with a typical CBS strategy, drawing the lawyer’s consideration to Senate GOP chief Mitch McConnell’s dressing down of the previous president as being accountable for the “rebellion.” Then Zak tried to assert that he had denied there was an “rebellion,” after which admitted there was. 

VAN DER VEEN: What occurred on the Capitol on January sixth is completely horrific, however what occurred on the Capitol throughout this trial was not too far-off from that. The prosecutors on this case doctored proof. They didn’t examine this case, and once they needed to come to the court docket, or the Senate, to place their case on, as a result of they hadn’t finished any investigation, they doctored proof. It was completely stunning….

Zak then tried to summarize, however made it sound prefer it was tiny faking across the edges: 

ZAK: To be clear for our viewers, what you’re speaking about now’s a checkmark that’s a verification on Twitter that didn’t exist on that exact tweet, a 2020 that ought to have really learn 2021, and the selective modifying, you say, of the tapes. Is that how — is that the doctored proof of what you’re talking?

At that time, van der Veen misplaced his persistence: “Wait, wait, wait, wait…that’s not sufficient for you? That’s not sufficient for you?” Zak claimed she was simply dealing in details: “I am not a juror on this trial. I wished to be clear for the viewers.”

VAN DER VEEN: It’s not okay to physician just a little little bit of proof. The media has to begin telling the proper story on this nation. The media is making an attempt to divide this nation. You’re bloodthirsty for scores, and as such, you’re asking questions now which can be already arrange with a reality sample. I can’t imagine you’ll ask me a query indicating that it’s alright simply to physician just a little little bit of proof. There’s extra stuff we uncovered that they doctored, to be frank with you, and perhaps that may come out sometime.

Van der Veen stated the media ought to strive sticking to details: 

The media ought to be that in a sq., straight manner. After I watch one information, I watch one station and it’s raining. I watch one other station on the identical time and it’s sunny. Your protection is so slanted. It’s gotta cease! You guys should cease and begin reporting extra like PBS does, slightly than a TV information present that doesn’t have any journalistic integrity in any respect. What I’m telling you is that they doctored proof, and I imagine your query says that it’s solely a Twitter examine right here and altering a date there….

The media shouldn’t be letting them get away with it, both. I’m uninterested in the biased media on each side, left and proper. 

Earlier than taking off his mic and concluding the interview, van der Veen stated that “the media has to begin dwelling by the reality, and never attempt to create a story.”