White House reporter Brian Karem couldn’t believe his ears during Tuesday’s daily press conference when acting Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spent the majority of her time attacking the “fake news” media.
That’s how she chose to conduct the daily press conference, instead of answering actual questions. In fact, the very first question she asked was from a Breitbart News reporter after a week of no on-camera briefings.
Sanders attacked reporters for specifically being able to use “unnamed sources” and called “CNN a disgrace” but then, later in that same briefing did the oddest thing: she asked everyone to watch a James O’Keefe video on CNN, admitting that she “didn’t know if it was true or not.”
For the record – O’Keefe is the founder of Project Veritas and was behind the doctored Planned Parenthood videos that went insanely viral in conservative circles.
Talk about hypocrisy.
In any case, here’s how the reporter responded to Sanders, after growing increasingly frustrated with her negativity directed at the media:
“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 Heavens…anyone of us is replaceable and if anyone of us doesn’t get it right, the audience has the chance 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 all over the country who look at it and say, ‘see once again, the president is right and everyone else out here is fake media. Everyone in this room is only trying to do their job.”
— Hardball (@hardball) June 27, 2017
The tense exchange immediately made him a fan favorite for having the guts to stand up against Sanders and call her out in front of everyone, even though she declined to recognize his argument. But, that didn’t stop America from offering their input.
Sanders also ended the meeting denying CNN the right to ask any questions. Talk about the “most transparent White House in history” which is what Donald Trump once promised when running for president.
Sarah Sanders ends briefing as CNN is denied a question pic.twitter.com/LDIiX61uU9
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 27, 2017