White House reporter Brian Karem said what everyone is thinking about Trump and called out his administration for inflaming people while dodging accountability. The press is fed up with Trump’s media bashing, and they have clearly had enough.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 27, 2017
After Sarah Huckabee Sanders did the Trump song and dance attacking the media for “fake news,” White House reporter Brian Karem said, “Come on. You’re inflaming everybody right here and right now with those words. This administration has done that as well. Why in the name of heavens? Any one of us 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. There’s no option other than that. We’re here to ask you questions. You’re here to provide the answers, and what you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who look at us and say see once again the President’s right, and everybody else is fake news, and everybody in this room is only trying to do their jobs.”
Huckabee Sanders said that only the dishonesty of the media has been inflamed and that it was outrageous for the reporter to accuse her of inflaming the story.
This is a calculated strategy by the Trump administration. Since Republicans control Congress and the White House, Trump is going to play to his base by taking the myth of liberal media to the extreme. Trump has turned the media into his political opposition. The President campaigns against the media endlessly. He advocates for suppression of the free press. His White House hides information and dodges accountability. Tru,p whines about leaks and anonymous sources, when his administration does almost everything on background and blacks out press briefings.
Reporters are sick of being demonized for trying to do their jobs, and what Brian Karem said to Sarah Huckabee Sanders was what the press has long been thinking.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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