The relationship between the Donald Trump administration and the US media reached another new low on Tuesday, after the deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders publicly snapped at the White House press corps, and slammed the media over "fake news" around Trump's alleged Russia links.
Sanders conducted the daily press briefing as Sean Spicer was attending a GOP Senate luncheon at the Capitol Hill. Her briefing was also the first one to be televised in a week. The press corp earlier complained that the White House was not allowing briefings to be broadcast.
The bone of contention was a CNN story on Donald Trump's alleged links with Russia, which was later retracted. The three reporters involved in the story also resigned on Monday.
Tense moment in briefing as reporter confronts White House's Sarah Sanders after she decried "fake news", etc. pic.twitter.com/kVEPNipPt9
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) June 27, 2017
When a Breitbart News reporter asked Sanders over the retraction of the CNN story, she went on a rant against "fake news: in mainstream media.
"I think that we have gone to a place where if the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that’s a dangerous place for America. And I think if that is the place that certain outlets are going, particularly for the purpose of spiking ratings, and if that’s coming directly from the top, I think that’s even more scary and certainly more disgraceful. And I hope that that’s not the direction we’re headed. I hope that outlets that have continued to use either unnamed sources, sometimes stories with no sources at all — we’ve been going on this Russia-Trump hoax for the better part of a year now with no evidence of anything."
Sanders also said that the mainstream media has not been focusing on the various programmes of the Trump administration, adding, "America deserves better from the news media."
Sanders was then interrupted by Playboy journalist Brian Karem, who rebutted her claims.
Karem said: "Come on, you’re inflaming everybody right here, right now, with those words. This administration has done that as well. Why in the name of heaven: Any one of us are replaceable, and anyone of us, if we do not 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. We’re here to ask you questions. You are 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 is right and everybody else out here is fake media.” And everybody out here is only trying to do their job,"
In response, Sanders kept her cool and stuck to her argument that the mainstream media is "dishonest".
Updated Date: Jun 28, 2017 15:18:21 IST