On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed Donald Trump’s attack on the press and claimed that “90 percent” of the stories about the president are negative.
“The president is rightfully frustrated,” Sanders said. “Ninty percent of the coverage on him is negative despite the fact that the economy is booming. ISIS is on the run. American leadership is being reasserted around the world.”
She added: “Just this week the media refused to cover his remarks in Florida highlighting remarks on workforce. The governor of the state joined with dozens of business across the state of Florida to announce thousands of new jobs. That may not be news in Washington, D.C. But I can assure you it’s news in the state of Florida that people that didn’t have a job before this president took office had a better opportunity and an opportunity to move forward.”
After her rant, CNN’s Jim Acosta urged the press secretary to admit that the media are not an “enemy” of the people as Trump once said.
“[NPR] asked you whether or not the press is the enemy of the people,” Acosta noted. “You read off a laundry list of your concerns about the press and then things that you feel were misreported built you did not say that the press is not the enemy of the people.”
“I think it would be a good thing if you were to state right here at this briefing that the press, the people who are gathered in this room right now, doing their jobs every day, asking questions of officials like the ones you brought forward earlier are not the enemy of the people. I think we deserve that,” Acosta added.
But Sanders ignored Acosta and refused to say that the media are not the enemy of the people.
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