Talk about a knockout punch! As Sarah Sanders took the podium at the White House Thursday afternoon to answer questions, she ended up delivering a knockout blow to CNN’s Jim Acosta.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had the perfect response to CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s questioning of President Donald Trump’s tweets and his morning viewing of “Fox & Friends” during a media briefing on Thursday.
“There seems to be a pattern … where the president watches something on Fox and Friends and tweets about it,” Acosta said, and then asked, “Does that go on?”
Acosta quickly replied, “I think he watches a lot of CNN if you don’t mind me saying it.”
“I don’t think that’s true. Your numbers would be higher,” Sanders shot back.
This led to a bunch of “ooohs” and groans from reporters in the room. Sanders would then answer Acosta’s question, Sanders said the president has a “great deal of understanding” when it comes to FISA and that’s why he issued a presidential memo on it.
Acosta’s question was in reference to Trump’s tweets Thursday morning about the FISA Act.
“House votes on controversial FISA ACT today.” This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?
According to Acosta, these tweets were in direct response to a segment on “Fox & Friends” where one of the hosts said FISA was not a good plan.
This is not the first time that the CNN reporter and White House Press Secretary Sanders have gone head-to-head.
In a news briefing in December, Sanders responded to the multiple accusations of inaccurate reports made by news outlets:
“When journalists make honest mistakes, they should own up to them. Sometimes, and a lot of times, you don’t,” Sanders said as Acosta tried to interrupt.
Acosta replied that, “journalists make honest mistakes, and that doesn’t make them fake news.”
“I’m sorry, I’m not finished,” Sanders said. “There is a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people… you cannot say it’s an honest mistake when you’re purposely putting out information you know is false.”
“You cannot say that it’s an honest mistake when you’re purposely putting out information that you know to be false or when you’re taking information that hasn’t been validated, that hasn’t been offered any credibility, and that has been continually denied by multiple people including people with direct knowledge of an incident,” Sanders said.
Acosta then asked Sanders to cite a specific story that was intentionally false.
“Sure. The ABC report by Brian Ross,” Sanders said, referring to a recent embarrassing correction ABC News issued after Ross botched a bombshell “exclusive” about retired general Michael Flynn that resulted in the reporter being suspended.
CNN’s Acosta should have stopped when he had the chance, as Sanders didn’t pick one of his network’s recent blunders to use as her example. However, Acosta tried to continue the conversation with repeated attempts to interrupt the press conference.
“Jim, I’m gonna say once and for all that I’m moving on,” Sanders said. “I’m not taking another question from you.”
If you remember, CNN had to issue its own correction after The Washington Post debunked the network’s report claiming the Trump campaign had early, secret access to hacked DNC emails from WikiLeaks. The network on Friday inaccurately trumpeted that Congressional investigators obtained a mysterious 2016 email that was sent to Trump and other top aides, including Donald Trump Jr., which contained information on how to get a sneak peek at hacked information that WikiLeaks had acquired. The email, as CNN reported, offered a “decryption key” to access the files – but the network botched the date on the email, rendering the entire report irrelevant.
Then later, CNN backtracked a report from earlier this year that faulted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for failing to reveal meetings he had with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance – a disclosure he wasn’t required to make. CNN also was widely mocked on Monday morning for a segment on Trump’s soda intake amid unfolding breaking news related to the terror attack in New York City.
Acosta also accused Sanders of threatening to strip his credentials if he asked Trump a question during a signing ceremony in December.
It’s just one fake news story after another. When are they going to learn? Maybe they really should check their ratings against Fox News.
Kudos to Press Secretary Sanders!
In a tweet posted late Sunday afternoon, President Donald Trump said he plans to postpone his fake awards show for fake news to Wednesday, January 17, from Monday, January 8 — just in case you thought things couldn’t get any sillier. Guess the president doesn’t want to be overshadowed by the Golden Globes.
The “Fake News Awards,” as Trump calls it, are going to “the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media.”
The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!
“THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR”?
Resources: Western Journalism, Fox News
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