CBS News anchor Gayle King, who often presents herself as an impartial journalist, was left stone-faced when E. Jean Carroll, a woman who accused former President Donald Trump of rape, revealed their off-camera conversation during a live interview. Carroll’s disclosure suggested that King had been personally pleased by a partial legal victory for Trump’s accuser in civil court.
Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a New York City department store in the 1990s, an allegation that Trump has consistently denied. On Tuesday, a nine-person New York jury refused to find Trump liable for rape but ordered him to pay Carroll $5 million for alleged defamation and battery, according to The New York Times. Trump has vowed to appeal the ruling.
During a “CBS Mornings” segment on Wednesday, King interviewed Carroll about the jury’s verdict and reaction. When King asked for her reaction, Carroll implied that King had celebrated with her during the commercial break. In response, King offered only a blank stare as her CBS colleagues remained silent.
Trump addressed the jury’s decision on Truth Social, reiterating that he has no idea who Carroll is and that the accusation is false and fabricated. He expressed hope that justice would be served on appeal.
Carroll’s revelation raises questions about journalistic integrity and impartiality. As viewers rely on news anchors to provide unbiased coverage, revelations like this one can undermine public trust in the media.