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Sarah Sanders Incurs a Personal Attack in the Briefing Room

The reason people are calling for an end to the White House briefing is exactly because of stunts such as this. And it’s a shame, because there are reporters in the White House press corps who want to ask honest questions, and they are being obscured by showboat moments such as this one by Playboy White House correspondent and CNN commentator Brian Karem.

First, Jim Acosta expressed his personal opinion that President Trump’s policies were immoral. “Where does it say in the Bible that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?” He wanted to know. Of course, that’s not a question, it’s a statement.

Then Karem followed up by suggesting that Sanders lacked the empathy of a mother. “Come on, Sarah. You’re a parent. Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?”

This is not just unprofessional, it’s self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing, and harms the rest of the press corps.

The press has always been liberal. But there used to at least bit of a check on it, as reporters sought in the briefing room to contain their opinions and ask legitimate questions, even if their choice of questions and level of aggressiveness was animated by their bias.

Now the professionalism is gone. Journalists need to stop weeping that President Trump fights back, even if sometimes he goes too far. Journalism has become advocacy, and so reporters will have to stop weeping at the pain when the arrows get slung back.

H/T Washington Free Beacon.

Gingrich: Get Rid of the White House Briefing

There’s plenty of showboating going on. Always was a certain amount, but now more than ever.

Still, some serious questions are asked, and it’s a good thing for Americans to see the White House being questioned. It’s just that the silliness gets most of the play after each briefing.

Not sure what I think at this point, honestly. If the briefings were done off-camera, there would be a more serious exchange between the press secretary and reporters, and those asking questions just to be on TV will have less to do with the proceedings. No doubt there would be more follow up by individual reporters seeking serious answers, and Sarah Sanders would probably take the whole thing more seriously and give deeper and more thoughtful answers without moving around the room so quickly.

So I’m truly wondering, what do you think?

No, Kelly Sadler Should Not Resign for Joking About McCain Dying

A White House staffer, Kelly Sadler, reportedly made a bad joke during a private meeting, something about how John McCain will soon be dead so it doesn’t matter how he votes on President Trump’s CIA nominee, Gina Haspel. Someone went running to the press and word got out. Sadler reportedly did the right thing and… Continue Reading

Reporters Wonder if Trump Said There is a Problem with Hispanics “Breeding”

Last week President Trump tweeted out this: There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security &… Continue Reading

White House Begins School Shooting PR Blitz; Destination Unknown

The White House today began a PR blitz designed to show concern about school and other mass shootings, and it was unclear just how far this would take President Trump along the path toward Democratic-style gun control measures. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders entered the briefing room today with expressions of praise and sadness… Continue Reading

Sanders Wants Kelly to Face the Press on Porter

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has apparently had it with trying to explain what the White House did about Rob Porter and wants Chief of Staff John Kelly to come to the briefing room podium and do it himself. That makes sense. This thing has gone on incredibly long. A smart White House would… Continue Reading

Sarah Sanders: Suggestion Trump “Complicit” in School Shootings “Outrageous”

She’s right. That’s essentially what’s going on here. MNSBC White House Reporter Peter Alexander wouldn’t take yes for an answer Wednesday in the briefing room. He wanted to know what the president was doing to stop school shootings, and he didn’t care about what he was hearing from Sanders. As you are aware, the only… Continue Reading

Video || Sarah Sanders is Tight on Time

I don’t particularly like that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spends so little time taking questions. Many of her briefings last less than 20 minutes. Now, it’s not clear to me that she provides much less information than other press secretaries, who meandered around saying nothing for 45 minutes. What’s more, President Trump himself… Continue Reading