Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not hold back in the White Press briefing on Tuesday. She blasted the media, especially CNN, for the “constant barrage of fake news” about Russia. Sanders comments came after CNN’s apology and retraction of a story published late last week after it was discovered that there were numerous problems with the report. Three journalists who worked on the piece have since resigned.
Huckabee Sanders spent almost two minutes with an uninterrupted answer, it was the first of the briefing, calling into question the credibility of CNN (although she did not specifically name the network). She then took the fight to another level encouraging people to watch a recently leaked video that supposedly shows a CNN employee criticizing the network. The video she is referencing is below:
“There’s a video circulating right 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,” Sanders said. “If it is accurate, I think it is a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism.”
Sanders was following suit from the commander-in-chief. Trump had put CNN in his aim on Twitter Tuesday morning. “Wow, CNN had to retract big story on ‘Russia,’ with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!” Trump wrote.
The focus of CNN’s retracted story was Anthony Scaramucci, a former Trump transition official. CNN apologized the Scaramucci, and he accepted it. When Sanders was asked why the apology was not acceptable to the president, she did not give a direct answer.
“I think it’s the constant barrage of fake news directed at this president [that] has probably garnered his frustration,” Sanders said. She went on to criticize news outlets that report storied based on anonymous sources or “no sources at all.” “I think that we have gone to a place where if the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that is a dangerous place for America,” Sanders said.
One reporter retaliated and told Sanders that she was “inflaming” a story even though the network retracted the story and rectified the issue. Sanders continued to unload: “First of all, I think if anything has been inflamed, it’s the dishonesty that often takes place by the news media.”
This news briefing came after weeks of tension between the White House administration and the White House press corps. The decision to take the briefings off camera and in some cases to not have briefings at all has infuriated many in the media.
As Sanders began walking out after the 17-minute briefing was over, a CNN reporter called out requesting to ask a question after being criticized for much of the meeting. But Sanders quickly disappeared behind the blue doors without giving an answer.
Did Sanders “inflame” the story, it did CNN deserve the criticism?
Credit: Washington Post