During an on-camera press briefing at the White House this Tuesday, a reporter aggressively confronted deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for applying the term “fake news” to legitimate media outlets.
After fielding a question from a Breitbart reporter regarding CNN’s recent retraction of a news story regarding an official from Trump’s transition team, Sanders launched into a rant over “the constant barrage of fake news directed at this president,” and encouraged reporters and the American public to watch “a video circulating now, whether it’s accurate or not, I don’t know.”
She slammed reporters using “unnamed sources, sometimes stories with no sources at all,” calling the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia “this Russia-Trump hoax.”
“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,” Sanders continued. “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 are resign.”
It was at that point that Montgomery County Sentinel editor Brian Karem chimed in, slamming the White House for its hypocrisy over the “fake news” label.
“Come on. You’re inflaming everybody right here and right now with those words,” Karem snapped.
“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,” he continued.
“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.”
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