Screenwriter Reveals Lesley Stahl 'Berated' Him on Plane, But All Is Forgiven Since She Earned Trump's Ire

Screenwriter Michael H. Weber took to Twitter to describe an unpleasant experience he endured at the hands of 60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl, but added that "[I]f she caused Trump to have a meltdown then all is forgiven."

Weber's tweet began with describing how the interaction, which took place on an airplane, occurred: "Years ago Lesley Stahl *berated* me on a plane b/c she thought I took her overhead compartment. (I did not.) Then she demanded a flight attendant recheck my ticket, adamant that I didn't belong in her section. (I did.)"

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Journalist Lesley Stahl speaks onstage during an interview in 2019 in New York City. Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Student Leadership Network

He then concluded the tweet with the forgiveness remark.

Years ago Lesley Stahl *berated* me on a plane b/c she thought I took her overhead compartment. (I did not.) Then she demanded a flight attendant recheck my ticket, adamant that I didn't belong in her section. (I did.)

If she caused Trump to have a meltdown then all is forgiven.

— Michael H. Weber (@thisisweber) October 21, 2020

Weber is of course referring to the recent kerfuffle Donald Trump had with Stahl following the recording of a CBS News' 60 Minutes interview. The president disagreed with the line of questioning from the veteran television journalist and allegedly cut the interview short and walked out of the room.

On Tuesday, Trump characterized the interview as "biased" and threatened to release the interview himself before its scheduled air date this Sunday.

The president tweeted yesterday about the incident: "I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about..Everyone should compare this terrible Electoral Intrusion with the recent interviews of Sleepy Joe Biden!"

I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2020

Trump was also supposed to return that day with Mike Pence to record more for the 60 Minutes segment but failed to do so. According to The Washington Post, he was upset with Stahl's questions about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, his attacks on Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, and his campaign's claims about Hunter Biden, among other things.

Trump later continued his attack on Stahl by tweeting she was not wearing a mask at the White House, though CBS News said Stahl wore a mask when she arrived and greeted the president, only removing it once they were socially distanced. CBS News also claimed a clip Trump shared that shows Stahl without a mask occurred after the interview when she was speaking with her producers, all of whom had tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come. pic.twitter.com/0plZG6a4fH

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2020

Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, both disputed reports that the interview was cut short by the president.

Whatever the case, Weber seemed content on Twitter that Stahl was able to at least ruin Trump's afternoon.

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Screenwriter Michael H. Weber attends the Writers Guild Awards New York in 2018. Getty

Along with his writing partner Scott Neustadter, Weber has written the screenplays for the films (500) Days of Summer (2009), and The Pink Panther 2 (2009), and The Fault in Our Stars (2014). For writing The Disaster Artist (2017), the duo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay