White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sparred with CNN’s Jim Acosta this week over the issue of freedom of the press. When Acosta stepped out of line, President Donald Trump’s no-nonsense spokeswoman promptly ripped him a new one.
Reporters have repeatedly charged that the Trump administration suppresses the media. However, this could not be further from the truth. On the contrary, President Trump has allowed the media unprecedented access to the dealings of his administration. Despite this unfettered access, though, the press has repeatedly chosen to print fake news when they could have easily presented the cold, hard facts.
The issue of press freedoms first arose during Wednesday’s daily press briefing, thanks to a question from Voice of America White House correspondent Steve Herman. He told Sanders that the U.S. fell to 45th place in the World Press Freedom Index directly because of the president. He then wondered if she agreed that Trump has “denigrated freedom of the press in the United States,” according to NewsBusters.
Sanders replied that the White House “would reject the idea that the President or this administration has halted freedom of the press” because “we’re one of the most accessible administrations that we’ve seen in decades.” She added that merely holding briefings to take questions without knowing them ahead of time “is a pretty good example of freedom of the press, and I think it’s ridiculous to say otherwise.”
Then, about five minutes later, CNN’s Jim Acosta got his chance to speak. Acosta first asked about the media firestorm surrounding VA Secretary nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson, saying, “Yesterday, the President suggested that Dr. Jackson does not have the experience to run the Department of Veterans Affairs. Is that a fair assessment that he lacks that experience?”
“That’s not what the President said. I think you’re taking some of his words out of context,” Sanders responded. “I know you don’t appreciate when people take your words out of context, so I’d appreciate it if you not do that to the President.”
“Are you trying to say this administration is a champion of a free press?” asked Acosta, according to The Daily Wire. Sarah was ready for him, and she didn’t hold back.
“I certainly think, as I stated a moment ago, we support a free press but we also support a fair press and I think that those things should go hand in hand and there’s a certain responsibility by the press to report accurate information,” said Sanders. “I think a number of people in this room do that every single day. They do their very best to provide fair and accurate information,” she continued.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m standing here taking your questions and a lot of times taking your questions in a tone that’s completely unnecessary, unneeded, and frankly, doesn’t help further the conversation or help the American people get any more information in a better way, which is your job and my job and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m going to move on. Jim, I’m finished with you,” she concluded.
The media’s disdain for President Donald Trump seems to have derived from the fact that he uses social media to reach the American people. The president has taken to doing so in order to reach his base without the press adding their two cents, thereby distorting the truth.
Indeed, reporters like Jim Acosta hate the fact that Trump tweets his perspective on a regular basis because nobody really cares about what Acosta and his cronies at CNN think, but they do care to hear what President Donald Trump thinks. Frankly, Acosta is lucky he still has a job. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders should not have to put him in his place every damn day.