June 28, 2017

PRESS: WE HATE YOU WE HATE YOU WE HATE YOU. TRUMP: OKAY, I’LL TREAT YOU LIKE PEOPLE WHO HATE ME. Press: You’re Inflaming Tensions!

A White House reporter confronted White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the top of her Tuesday press briefing, accusing her of “inflaming” tensions with the media and undercutting the credibility of reporters.

Sanders had been asked about whether President Trump accepts the apology from CNN regarding a recent story it retracted about alleged ties between a Trump ally and a Russian investment fund.

“All we are saying is I think we should take a really good look at what we are focused on, what we are covering and making sure it’s accurate and honest,” she said.

“If we make the slightest mistake, the slightest word is off, it’s 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.”

As she continued, Brian Karem with The Sentinel Newspapers in Maryland interrupted.

“You are inflaming everyone right here right now with those words. This administration has done that as well … Any one of us are replaceable, 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 is no option other than that,” Karem said.

“We are here to ask you questions, you are here to provide 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 is right and everybody else is just fake media.’ Everybody in this room is only trying to do their job.”

Sanders pushed back, briefly addressing the accusations before moving onto questions from another reporter.

They decided to “denormalize” the Trump presidency, and now they’re unhappy that they aren’t being treated in a normal fashion. A modicum of old-fashioned professionalism would have prevented this, but they’re no longer capable of sustaining that.

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