Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg went on a media blitz on Monday that started with him telling MSNBC that he would not comply with a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller.
He later gave a bizarre interview with CNN host Erin Burnett where he appeared drunk — which came along with claims that he has substance abuse issues.
“Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath,” Burnett said.
Then, Nunberg denied such claims.
Saying “some say you’re drunk” to an interview subject on live TV is shitty, esp. if he has a problem & has fallen off the wagon. Following up with, “I can smell alcohol on you” is doubly shitty *and* heartless.
If it’s what it looks like, the man needs help. Not exploitation.
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) March 6, 2018
That prompted a response from some pundits on Twitter that the line of questioning wasn’t appropriate.
It’s his third appearance on CNN today and something like his 5th overall. What news value is there now in having a drunk or drugged person on air on national TV like this? None. https://t.co/5rFr3QoQtm
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 6, 2018
If you think you’re interviewing someone under the influence, take a whiff during the break & end the interview.
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) March 6, 2018
I’ve seen a couple of Nunberg interviews now and a few clips. I’m not a professional, but I’m not sure he’s alright. Not sure he should be interviewed.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) March 6, 2018