One Republican Lawmaker Defends Press While Another Admits He Fakes News

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President Donald Trump speaks at Krasinski Square in Warsaw, Poland, on July 6. As Trump feuds with CNN, there have been mixed messages from the GOP, as one lawmaker defended the media while a governor sided with Trump. Kacper Pempel/Reuters

A Republican senator is defending the media amid President Donald Trump's ongoing feud with the press.

During a town hall in Kansas on Thursday, Senator Jerry Moran said the media had an important role to play in a democracy, in what appeared to be a view contradictory to that of the president.

“The media, they have a job to perform. My circumstances as a representative has been so many instances in which the media has found corruption, mistakes, errors, bad government and their reporting is what allows members of Congress to then find the information to pursue an issue," Moran said in comments carried by The Hill.

“Yes, the media says things that aren't always appealing to all of us, but the media's role is an important one,” he added.

Moran’s defense of the media comes as a fellow Republican, Maine Governor Paul LePage, proudly said he made up stories to confuse the media.

LePage told WGAN-AM on Thursday: “I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they’ll write these stupid stories because they are just so stupid, it’s awful.”

The president has been embroiled in a long-running feud with much of the mainstream media, which he has famously dubbed “fake news,” in particular hitting out at CNN, and most recently slamming the stars of Morning Joe, with whom he enjoyed an amicable relationship until the show became critical of him.

His Saturday Twitter attack on hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski prompted a backlash from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers who did not find his comments to be suitable for someone holding the office of president.

Referring to Twitter, although not directly referencing he president’s famed love of social media, Moran added at the town hall meeting: “The things that are said in so many instances on Twitter are offensive. They diminish the chances of finding common ground. I believe that God made each one of us in this room, therefore who am I to dismiss, to diminish the value of what someone would say, in rude and insolent ways?”