In a televised press briefing Tuesday, one of the White House Press Pool reporters had a heated exchange with Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The Heated Exchange
In what has become a rare occurrence, the White House briefed the press on camera on Tuesday. During that briefing, Brian Karem a White House correspondent for the Sentinel newspapers had a heated exchange with Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The interaction came after Sanders accused the media of perpetuating what she called the “Trump-Russia hoax.” Sanders criticized CNN for an article that was published and later retracted about a Trump transition team member and an alleged connection to a Russian executive. She attacked the media for what she called a “constant barrage of fake news directed at this President.”
She slammed the media for its use of “unnamed sources, sometimes stories with no sources at all.”
Karem responded to the attacks this way,
“Any one of us are replaceable, and any one of us if we don’t get it right, the audience has the opportunity to turn the channel or not read us,” Karem said. “We’re here to ask you questions. You’re here to provide the answers, and what you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country.”
Of course, Sanders responded with the more anti-press sentiment. “I think if anything has been inflamed, it’s the dishonesty that often takes place by the news media,” she said.
Karem Continues his Response
Karem continued to call out the White House’s bullying treatment of the press on Wednesday. Karem appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe where he said,
“We’ve been called the enemy of the people from that White House, we’ve been told that we’re fake news. We are bullied and brow-beaten every day, and I pretty much have had enough of it. There are only two ways to deal with a bully. You can either turn them into your friend, I don’t think that’s a possibility, or you can let them know exactly what’s up and that you’re not going to take the bullying anymore. And we can’t take the bullying anymore.”