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Sanders goes off on media at White House press briefing

Posted by on Dec. 11, 2017 at 5:51 PM
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WASHINGTON — The White House ramped up its campaign against the press Monday, alleging that mistakes by reporters are the result of purposeful attempts to mislead the American public.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in a heated exchange with reporters, called out news organizations for having to "retract and change and rewrite and make editors' notes to a number of different stories" in recent weeks and claiming that journalists only "sometimes" own up to mistakes in their stories.

Sanders said Monday that these aren't honest mistakes, as one reporter in the briefing room pointed out.

”There's a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people — something that happens regularly," she said during the back-and-forth that, at one point, required her to raise her voice over reporters to say, "I'm not done."

"You cannot say that it's an honest mistake when you're purposefully putting out information that you know to be false," Sanders said.

Asked to point to specific instances of intentionally false reporting, Sanders cited Brian Ross, an ABC News reporter who had to retract information he incorrectly reported earlier this month, as an example of bias and intent to malign the president, although there is no evidence that Ross purposefully misreported the Russia-related claim. Ross was suspended for four weeks, and ABC News issued a correction.

"The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process," ABC News said in a statement at the time. "As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online."

The contentious interaction with the press comes after Trump sent several tweets over the weekend and on Monday rebuking reporting about his TV viewing habits, how big his crowds were during a recent rally in Florida, and the Russia investigation.

On Sunday, he called the media "a stain on America." He has previously referred to news outlets, including NBC, as "the enemy of the American People." 

Sanders was asked about the president's recent tweets attacking a Washington Post reporter for tweeting, then deleting, an inaccurate picture of the crowd size at the Florida rally. The reporter apologized and explained his mistake on Twitter.

Sanders said the president was "simply calling out a very direct and false accusation lodged against him."

"There was nothing more than an individual trying to put their bias into their reporting, and something that frankly has gotten a little bit out of control," she said.

Fox News, which typically draws praise from the president for its coverage, also had its own recent issues with inaccurate reporting — though Sanders did not mention those. FoxNews.com had to revise a incorrect headline that incorrectly said one of Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore's accusers "admits" that she had "forged" a yearbook message from Moore, and add an editor's note to the bottom of the article explaining the changes.


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WilyMommy
by Missbod on Dec. 11, 2017 at 5:57 PM
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I know many of the ladies here despise Sanders, but how can you not respect a woman who doesn’t let others run the show? I think she’s quite awesome and pretty darn good at her job, way better than her predecessor.

francee89
by Gold Member on Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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It’s pretty rich that she’s lecturing the press on mistakes or false information they own up to, while her and her boss never seem to own up to or admit their errors and lies.

Two weeks ago Trump shared a fake video from an anti-Muslim far right British group. No apologies, no admission it was fake, she defended it.
GrayDuck41
by Linda on Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:05 PM
She has to parrot anything he wants her to say.
She has a tough job.
I hope she can get through it okay. I wouldn’t be able to. Ugh.


Quoting francee89: It�s pretty rich that she�s lecturing the press on mistakes or false information they own up to, while her and her boss never seem to own up to or admit their errors and lies.



Two weeks ago Trump shared a fake video from an anti-Muslim far right British group. No apologies, no admission it was fake, she defended it.
Carpy
by Emerald Member on Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:08 PM
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I love it. Hope they show it again on the news.
WilyMommy
by Missbod on Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:08 PM
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You care more about that video than you do about the false news coming from the media, but you should care about all of it.

Quoting francee89: It’s pretty rich that she’s lecturing the press on mistakes or false information they own up to, while her and her boss never seem to own up to or admit their errors and lies. Two weeks ago Trump shared a fake video from an anti-Muslim far right British group. No apologies, no admission it was fake, she defended it.


coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:16 PM
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Do as I say, not as I do.

Quoting francee89: It’s pretty rich that she’s lecturing the press on mistakes or false information they own up to, while her and her boss never seem to own up to or admit their errors and lies.

Two weeks ago Trump shared a fake video from an anti-Muslim far right British group. No apologies, no admission it was fake, she defended it.
WilyMommy
by Missbod on Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:20 PM
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Another thing...

Is Sanders just supposed to let the fact that falsehoods were printed about her boss go without addressing it bc of his unconfirmed retweet? How would that make any sense? Her job is about making him look good, therefore she’d be an idiot to remind us of the Muslim video. That’s what the press is for.

Quoting francee89: It’s pretty rich that she’s lecturing the press on mistakes or false information they own up to, while her and her boss never seem to own up to or admit their errors and lies. Two weeks ago Trump shared a fake video from an anti-Muslim far right British group. No apologies, no admission it was fake, she defended it.


Sisteract
by Whoopie on Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:20 PM
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It's starting to get to her.

Her family (father) is very religious. It must be really hard for her to have lie for Trump.

jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:30 PM
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And you seem to care more about a few acknowledged and quickly corrected mistakes by the media (certainly not a "pattern", as was stated) than the persistent and regular lies trotted out by POTUS. Which, i might add, are never corrected, and have in fact cost tax dollars in an attempt to justify them (like his voter fraud commission). Sorry, this administration's sins are greater.

Quoting WilyMommy:

You care more about that video than you do about the false news coming from the media, but you should care about all of it.

Quoting francee89: It’s pretty rich that she’s lecturing the press on mistakes or false information they own up to, while her and her boss never seem to own up to or admit their errors and lies.

Two weeks ago Trump shared a fake video from an anti-Muslim far right British group. No apologies, no admission it was fake, she defended it.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Dec. 11, 2017 at 6:32 PM
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Absolutely his sins and behaviors are worse.

Quoting jessilin0113: And you seem to care more about a few acknowledged and quickly corrected mistakes by the media (certainly not a "pattern", as was stated) than the persistent and regular lies trotted out by POTUS. Which, i might add, are never corrected, and have in fact cost tax dollars in an attempt to justify them (like his voter fraud commission). Sorry, this administration's sins are greater.
Quoting WilyMommy:

You care more about that video than you do about the false news coming from the media, but you should care about all of it.

Quoting francee89: It’s pretty rich that she’s lecturing the press on mistakes or false information they own up to, while her and her boss never seem to own up to or admit their errors and lies. Two weeks ago Trump shared a fake video from an anti-Muslim far right British group. No apologies, no admission it was fake, she defended it.


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