(Video) White House Press Corps Mistakenly Believe They Control the Press Briefings
Some members of the White House press corps displayed their “anger” on Tuesday during a press briefing conducted by Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It appears that some in the press corps were hard pressed to control themselves.
During the briefing, following a question from a reporter, Sanders was critical of how reporters on the left cover President Donald Trump in the news.
She gave many examples of fake news that have been lodged against Trump by the liberal left media.
Sanders cited the “Russia hoax” as she called it and the recent CNN story about a White House official’s connection to Russia. CNN later retracted the story and three employees resigned because of the “inaccuracies.” CNN apologized over the weekend and promised to do better when it came to reporting on Russia in the future.
“News outlets get to go on day after day and cite unnamed sources, use stories without sources. You mentioned the [CNN] story, where they had to have reporters resign.”
White House press briefings have become somewhat contentious lately and Tuesday was no exception.
Hearing Sanders criticize the press “triggered” one reporter who couldn’t contain himself. He entered into a verbal confrontation with Sanders at one point.
Without being called upon to speak, Brian Karem, a reporter for the Sentinel newspapers interrupted Sanders and began to voice his displeasure at what he was hearing.
Karem, looking more like a disheveled Columbo character from the ’70s television series than a reporter in the White House press corps said:
“You’re inflaming everybody right here, right now, with those words. Any one of us, right, 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. You have been elected to serve for four years at least.”
He went on to tell Sanders that the press is there to “ask you (her) questions” and that Sanders was there “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 out here is fake media. And everybody in this room is only trying to do their job.”
Sanders reply was brilliant:
“I think if anything has been inflamed, it’s the dishonesty that often takes place by the news media.”
She added that she thought it was “outrageous for Karem to accuse her of inflaming a story when she was simply trying to respond” to a question from Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering about the CNN story.
Apparently, some from the left leaning media outlets don’t understand that “doing your job” requires them to tell the truth and attempt to get the “facts” straight.
It also means treating others with respect whether they are the deputy press secretary or just the average Joe/Jane on the street. Common courtesy and professionalism seem to have gone by the wayside for some reporters these days.
Newsflash to the press corps: The White House doesn’t have to put up with your arrogance! No one is infringing upon the protected rights of freedom of the press under the First Amendment by refusing to do it “the way you demand it to be done.”
Another reporter, CNN’s Jim Acosta, who recently whined, I mean complained because the cameras were off in the press briefings, took to social media to make known his plea for more time and attention.
Acosta tweeted: “Does this feel like America? Where the White House takes q’s from conservatives, then openly trashes the news media in the briefing room.”
Looking at what Acosta pinned on his Twitter timeline, one can almost feel his desperation to be recognized.
Acosta tweeted in February to Trump: “We are real news Mr. President. #realnews”
Sure you are, Jim. Sure you are.