WATCH: Reporter Gets In Heated Exchange With Sarah Huckabee, Calls Her Out For ‘Inflaming’ Media Tensions
On Tuesday, during a White House press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was part of a heated exchange with Brian Karem, a contributor to Playboy magazine.
Sanders was asked about whether Donald Trump accepted the apology from CNN for a recent story it retracted about alleged ties between a Trump ally and a Russian investment fund.
“All we are saying is I think we should take a really good look at what we are focused on, what we are covering and making sure it’s accurate and honest,” she said.
“If we make the slightest mistake, the slightest word is off, it’s an absolute tirade from a lot of people in this room. But news outlets get to go on day after day and cite unnamed sources, use stories without sources.”
Sanders was then interrupted by Karem, who accused her of “inflaming everyone in the room.”
“You are inflaming everyone right here right now with those words. This administration has done that as well … Any one of us are replaceable, if we don’t get it right, the audience has the opportunity to turn the channel or not read us. You have been elected to serve for four years at least, there is no option other than that,” Karem said.
“We are here to ask you questions, you are here to provide answers. And what you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who look at it and say, ‘See, once again, the president is right and everybody else is just fake media.’ Everybody in this room is only trying to do their job.”
But, just like someone in the Trump administration would do, Sanders disagreed with Karem’s statement.
“I disagree completely. First of all, if anything has been inflamed, it’s the dishonesty that often takes place by the news media. I think it is outrageous for you to accuse me of inflaming a story when I was simply trying to respond to his question,” she said.