Watch what we do, not what he tweets, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders barked at reporters — or words to that effect — when asked about President Donald Trump’s tweet suggesting his administration pull press credentials.
TV news journalists have been talking all day about Trump’s early morning tweet in which he confirmed what they had long suggested: “Fake News” means any report about him that is not flattering.
“The Fake News is working overtime,” Trump tweeted this morning. “Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders bristled, when asked to square her insistence Trump’s White House advocates for the press, with Trump’s tweet, by a reporter who said “those two do not go together.”
“The fact that I’m standing here taking question, the fact the president took questions from your colleagues just two hours ago, demonstrates this White House’s commitment to accessibility and providing information to the American public,” she scolded.
“At the same time, the press has a responsibility to put out accurate information,” she continued. “Just yesterday the New York Times accused the Secretary of State for being AWOL – AWOL! – when he was flying across the globe to bring three Americans home. That’s an outrageous claims!”
Earlier this week, she complained, WaPo “accused the First Lady of not living in the White House. That outrageous claim was then repeated again in this room.”
“We are here taking questions, we are doing everything we can to provide regular and constant information to American people, and there is responsibility by you guys to provide accurate information.”
White House Correspondents Association’s president wasn’t buying what Sanders was peddling:
“Some may excuse the president’s inflammatory rhetoric about the media, but just because the president does not like news coverage does not make it fake,” WHCA chief (and Bloomberg’s White House correspondent) Margaret Talev said in a statement. “A free press must be able to report on the good, the bad, the momentous and the mundane, without fear or favor. And a president preventing a free and independent press from covering the workings of our republic would be an unconscionable assault on the First Amendment.”
“It’s a tough time for media,” Tapper told The Ladies of The View. “Some of the wounds are self-inflicted, when we get stories wrong. But you have the most powerful man in the world attacking us as ‘fake’ and certain percentage of the country believe it.” He cited a recent poll in which 51% of Republicans said they think the media is “the enemy of the American people.”