Kurtz: 'Out-of-Bounds' for CNN's Bash to Ask Conway About Husband's Anti-Trump Tweets
Howard Kurtz said CNN's Dana Bash was wrong to ask Kellyanne Conway about social media posts her husband has made that are critical of the Trump administration.
"What's up with your husband’s tweets?" Bash asked Conway on CNN’s "State of the Union" on Sunday.
Conway said her husband, George Conway, a prominent lawyer, also posts many things that are supportive, and she then launched into a diatribe against CNN and Bash for asking a question that was intended to "harass and embarrass."
"[It] was designed to embarrass Kellyanne Conway, and it was out-of-bounds," Kurtz said on "America's Newsroom."
"Why should a senior White House official have to answer for what her husband -- who's a private lawyer and not really a public figure -- is tweeting if he's being critical of the president?"
He said spouses should be entitled to their own political views, noting what really made this incident resonate was that Conway suggested she will now have "fun" talking about the spouses of CNN employees after Bash crossed a line.
Kurtz said spouses should be left alone unless there is a professional or financial relationship that must be disclosed.
"If the standard now is that anybody can be asked, 'What about the fact your husband, your wife, your family member disagrees with you on something?' then that does open up a difficult can of worms that could affect journalists as well."
He did, however, acknowledge that Conway had a right to fight back when she was asked an unfair question.
"I didn't see Kellyanne Conway as threatening," Kurtz said. "I did see her as sort of seizing an opportunity to throw this back at the person who was interviewing her."