Filling in for Sean Spicer a relatively mundane press conference took a brief but fun turn when Sarah Huckabee Sanders took another opportunity to dump on the mainstream media, and CNN specifically.
Boy is the left sorry they coined the term “fake news.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders once again turns the phrase that was meant to attack conservative media on its head.
Following a question on the scandal at CNN where another unsubstantiated story linking President Trump to Russia had to be retracted, and lead to the resignation of three CNN employees, Sanders had this to say (from WhiteHouse.gov):
I think it’s the constant barrage of fake news directed at this President probably that has garnered a lot of his frustration.
You point to that report; there are multiple other instances where that outlet that you referenced has been repeatedly wrong and had to point that out or be corrected. There’s a video circulating now, whether it’s accurate or not I don’t know, but I would encourage everybody in this room, and, frankly, everybody across the country to take a look at it. I think if it is accurate, I think it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism.
I think that we have gone to a place where if the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that’s a dangerous place for America. And I think if that is the place that certain outlets are going, particularly for the purpose of spiking ratings, and if that’s coming directly from the top, I think that’s even more scary and certainly more disgraceful. And I hope that that’s not the direction we’re headed. I hope that outlets that have continued to use either unnamed sources, sometimes stories with no sources at all — we’ve been going on this Russia-Trump hoax for the better part of a year now with no evidence of anything.
Things like the success at the VA barely get covered. They may get covered for an hour at a time, but this story gets covered day in, day out. And I think America is, frankly, looking for something better. They’re looking for something more. And I think they deserve something better from our news media.
The video Sanders is referencing is the one where a CNN producer admits the Russian narrative against Trump is “bulls**t.” Silence is Consent reported on this video here.
This statement of fact really rubbed reporter Brian Karem the wrong way, prompting him to lash out at Sanders:
“You’re inflaming everyone right here right now with those words. This administration has done that as well. Why in the name of heavens –– any one of us are replaceable and any one of us, if we don’t get it right, the audience has the opportunity to turn the channel or not read us…”
“What you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who look at it and say, see, once again, the president’s right and everybody else out here is fake media, and everybody in this room is only trying to do their job.”
Sanders swats him away like a fly.
Well, I just — I disagree completely. First of all, I think if anything has been inflamed it’s the dishonesty that often takes place by the news media. And I think it is outrageous for you to accuse me of inflaming a story when I was simply trying to respond to his question.
In fairness to Karem, he’s right. They are trying to do their job, as they see it. That job is to tear down and destroy President Trump. They can clutch their pearls all they want but with Trump as president the mainstream media with their blatant liberal bias is having their chickens come home to roost.
Most of this is Rick Perry answering questions, you can watch that if you want, but the real fun with Sanders starts at around the 42:22 mark.
Translation for liberals who do understand what took place here…
Fake News: You mean we can’t lie about President Trump whenever we want?!?
Fake News: But-
Fake News: NO FAIR! OTHER REPUBLICANS LET US DO IT!
Sanders: Too bad.
Someone needs to start supplying tissues at these press conferences.