White House spokesperson, reporters spar over 'erroneous' news coverage

Frederick Owens
December 12, 2017

Playboy's White House correspondent, Brian Karem - a CNN contributor and one of the administration's frequent foils - tried to interject, but Sanders shut him down.

The White House Press Secretary was asked to cite a specific story that she says is intentionally false.

But, on Monday, Sanders made an accusation that went way, way beyond the pale of the usual give and take between White House and press corps. Something that happens regularly. She said that there is a massive dissimilarity between producing candid inaccuracies and persistently deceiving the American people. All that I want to make clear is that there should be some unequivocal degree of culpability involved in the process.

Trump's tweet against Lemon came in response to an unflattering profile in The New York Times that ran over the weekend, which claimed that the president watches hours of cable news coverage about himself every day. I think that was pretty misleading to the American people and I think that it's very telling that that individual had to be suspended because of that reporting. "I think that shows that the network took it seriously and recognized that it was a problem".

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Ross was suspended after reporting, based on an unnamed source, that Trump had instructed Michael Flynn to reach out to Russian Federation when he was a presidential candidate, rather than as president-elect.

The White House last week disputed several media reports that special counselor Robert Mueller had subpoenaed Trump's personal financial records from a German bank, leading several news outlets to alter their reporting. She had been asked for proof of purposely misleading reporting, and produced an example, Ross', that was not purposeful. "The people of this country, in a decisive election, supported President Trump". It was a big mistake made even worse by the fact that Ross relied on a single source rather than at least two sources, which is long-standing journalistic practice. I strike out. Game over. He was trying to get the story right - and failed. "I'm not finished", Sanders said several times after Acosta tried to cut her off (video below). You can't make a claim like that with zero supporting evidence. FoxNews.com had to revise a incorrect headline that incorrectly said one of Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore's accusers "admits" that she had "forged" a yearbook message from Moore, and add an editor's note to the bottom of the article explaining the changes.

CNN later corrected its story to say that someone who was not affiliated with WikiLeaks had emailed Trump Jr.to notify him that WikiLeaks had already published the hacked emails online.

On Sunday, he called the media "a stain on America".

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