President Donald Trump’s press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems not to be a huge fan of the press just like her boss. On Monday, she accused the U.S. media of “purposefully misleading the American people”.
She thinks that the botched reports on the Trump administration were not mere “honest mistakes” but sustained efforts to undermine the presidency and mislead the American public. She added that such incidents “happen regularly”.
Sanders believes the press “purposely” spreads information that it knows to be false or publishes data that hasn’t been validated or has been denied even by the people with knowledge of the matter.
The Trump spokesperson underlined that false reports have been very frequent in the last couple of weeks.
I’m simply stating that there should be a certain level of responsibility in that process,
Huckabee Sanders told the White House press corps Tuesday.
The media fired back noting that Sanders has no evidence that they are purposely misleading the American people with false stories. The Trump administration has yet to prove that a report has knowingly published something false.
Trump’s Press Secretary Brings Up Brian Ross
When one correspondent asked Sanders to name one reporter who misled the public, she mentioned ABC News’ Brian Ross. She noted that Ross’ reporting was so inaccurate that he had to be suspended because of it.
Ross claimed that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was ready to admit before Special Counsel Robert Mueller that his boss had instructed him to contact Russia during the presidential campaign.
Ross cited one source, but corrected the misleading report the same day, claiming that the source told him that Trump had instructed Flynn to get in touch with the Russians during the transition period. ABC suspended the host for one month and barred him from reporting on the Trump administration indefinitely.
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