When President Trump or a member of his administration doesn’t like a question being asked by a reporter, they always resort to the same worn out phrase: They call it “fake news,” as if that lets them off the hook so they don’t have to respond.
But as Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders found out Tuesday, that line is wearing thin with some members of the media.
Asked about a story in CNN which resulted in three reporters resigning, Sanders began by whining about “the constant barrage of fake news directed at this president,” and then went on a rant:
“If we make the slightest mistake, or the slightest word is off, it is just an absolute tirade from a lot of people in this room. But news outlets get to go on, day after day, and cite unnamed sources, use stories without sources, have, you know, you mentioned the story where they had to have reporters resign.”
And that’s when Brian Karem, editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel, put Sanders on full blast and gave her a piece of his mind, telling her:
Come on. You’re inflaming everybody right here and 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.
“You have been elected to serve for four years at least. There’s no option other than that. We’re here to ask you questions. You’re here to provide the answers, and 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 was left to meekly reply that “if there’s anything that has been inflamed, it is the dishonesty that often takes place by the news media.”
Yeah, because the Trump administration and the president himself are never ever dishonest, are they, Sarah?
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