Economist and actor Ben Stein, speaking to Brianna Keilar on CNN, said he wasn’t surprised nor disappointed “that President Donald Trump planned to skip the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April.”
Stein, 72, who “was a speechwriter for former President Richard Nixon and was in the White House during Watergate,” said:
“Look, every day you pick up The New York Times. Every day, they’re slamming, slamming, slamming him.
“I’m a great fan of CNN,” he continued. “I watch it quite faithfully, every day.
“CNN is slamming him, slamming him, slamming him. Every day they are looking for a scandal.
“They are turning the woods upside down looking for a scandal — and they still haven’t found any real scandals.
“And with all due respect, I don’t blame him for being furious at them.”
‘Stein added that Trump’s “got a lot of company” with other Americans who dislike the media.’
“I’m out there giving speeches all around the country, all the time. People, an awful lot of people, are not great fans of the media.
“They see the media as an unelected aristocracy who are dumping all over the mainstream of America,” he said. “I think Mr. Trump has a lot of company.”
Stein likened the Trump attacks to those Nixon faced.
“They are hoping to do what they did to Nixon a long time ago,” he said, later acknowledging that Watergate “was not a good thing.”