Schilling Blasts CNN During CNN Interview: ‘You Guys Operate on the Notion ... We’re Stupid’
SCHILLING: “CNN has been at the vanguard from everything from the [Steele] dossier, to calling Trump a white supremacist time after time, anchor after anchor with no validation, no support for the comments. And the white supremacy 20 years ago on the Oprah Winfrey show. This is the same that said with female anchors with her hands up, don’t shoot. Even though that was considered to be a complete fabrication or lie. I never heard anyone at CNN retract that.”
SMERCONISH: "Listen, I'd love on a different day to litigate each one of the points that you just made here. Because there's a response for each one of them. Instead, what I'll do, I'll respond to you by saying you were fired for being a conservative but put back on the screen that Facebook post that curt Schilling cherry picked a photograph and you used it to besmirch an entire class of individuals. That's why you got fired. Do you want to have that conversation, because we'll have it?
SCHILLING: "Not true, Mike. I didn't besmirch an entire group of people."
SMERCONISH: "Of course, you did. Do you think that the image that's on the screen is typical of the transgendered among us? Seriously."
SCHILLING: "No I never said it was. That wasn't my picture --"
SMERCONISH: "By indication, you did, cheap shot."
SCHILLING: "No, right, I understand that's how you guys work. I get it, you guys work on getting ratings, you need to be bombastic and you need to make assumptions for the viewers because you guys operate on the notion that we're too stupid to speak for ourselves. The fact of the matters is, my comment was around the fact I don't need my government to tell me where to pee."
SMERCONISH: "Let me tell you something, I deal in evidentiary thinking I don't like you guys, your network, if you have a beef -- hold on a second. You know what you were pompous in philly and you're pompous today. You come on my program and make mild assertions, none with specificity relative to me and my program. Now give me the final word out of decency. Go ahead."
SCHILLING: "No, I made it very clear. I wasn't aiming at you and I said that because I haven't heard you say anything. I was referring to the people you work for. You work for a company that openly has a hatred of our president from time and time, from a BuzzFeed report that was completely fabricated. And part of the reason, I say your, your being CNN, you're part of the reason we're here."