As she suggests, she can’t say otherwise because she speaks for the president, and the president has said the press IS the enemy of the people.
As I’ve noted, I do not think President Trump should be calling the press the enemy of the people, whatever its faults. But CNN’s Acosta ironically reveals in his questioning one reason the press has become such a target.
The protocol in the press room, and among the press in general, used to be to simply ask questions, not make statements. We took ourselves out of it. I once stood next to Nelson Mandela and didn’t try to shake hands with him because that would make me part of the story. And I wasn’t the story.
Acosta makes statements. He makes it about himself. He makes it about the press, not about getting information. He’s done this repeatedly, as do others.
When you are a player in the dialogue, you open yourself up to attack. The press needs to go back to reporting the news and working a lot harder to get their bias out of what they report.
President Trump is exploring “mechanisms” for revoking the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency Michael Hayden, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said certain officials have “politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances” and made “baseless accusations” against Trump concerning Russia.
Of course, she’s right. These people are writing books and serving the Democrats. Why do they have access to our secrets to bash Trump with them? And why do they even need such access?
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will receive Secret Service protection in the wake of an incident at a restaurant in Virginia in which she was asked to leave.
I assume the incident magnified the number of threats against her. Reports I have seen suggest the Secret Service detail will be at her home, but I expect that doesn’t mean they won’t accompany her places at least sometimes.
As far as I’m aware, the press secretary has not previously required Secret Service protection. Maybe Maxine Waters, who is demanding harassment of Trump officials, is willing to foot the bill for taxpayers.
The Trump administration needs Congress to change the law in order to keep illegal parents and children together, unless the courts reinterpret it, which they likely won’t. Pelosi and Schumer have already indicated they don’t want Congress to move even a limited immigration bill.
Obama would say he needs Congress to act, and when it didn’t, like with DACA recipients, he simply wrote his own law.
If White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders leaves by the end of the year, as many expect, the leading candidate to replace her is State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, according to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
“The big favorite internally and externally is Nauert,” said a Trump adviser.
Raj Shah is another obvious choice. His pick would be a first just like Sanders was when Trump picked the first working mother as press secretary. Shah is the son of Indian immigrants and his rise to the press shop’s No. 2 has been headline news in India.
Also on the list is deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley.
Here is some video of Nauert turning a stupid question – actually a statement criticizing U.S. policy – to her advantage.
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.
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… Continue Reading
I mean, great. Go ahead and use a kid for your political agenda. I’m sorry it got to Sanders, she should have understood that she was being set up, but I guess she is a mother and a compassionate human being. Continue Reading
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