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A source with direct knowledge tells Axios that Republican operatives were urging at least one conservative-friendly website to write Jake Tapper hit pieces yesterday after his hard-hitting interview with Kellyanne Conway.

.@jaketapper to Kellyanne Conway: Why hasn't the President offered his sympathy to our neighbors in the North? https://t.co/YoJ9OYk7d1— CNN (@CNN) February 7, 2017

This is hardly shocking, and happens all the time, but in this weaponized political-media environment it could get nasty fast.

Why go after him: A central part of Team Trump's strategy is discrediting the mainstream media. CNN is his top target, with the New York Times a close second. Jake Tapper is the network's star interviewer, and he's been giving the most aggressive interrogations of Team Trump for months now.

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