(National Sentinel) News Fakes: CNN‘s White House correspondent Jim Acosta exchanged words with administration spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday in an attempt to justify a series of incorrect and outright false media reports of late, including some by his network.
Acosta tried to argue that reporters make “honest mistakes and that doesn’t make them fake news” while Sanders countered that reporters “purposefully” mislead people “regularly.”
“I would say, Sarah, that journalists make honest mistakes and that doesn’t make them fake news,” Acosta, a regular critic of the Trump administration, said.
Acosta then attempted to pivot to another question, but Sanders interjected instead.
“But when journalists make honest mistakes, they should own up to them. Sometimes, and a lot of times, you don’t. But there’s a difference…between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people, something that happens regularly,” said the press secretary.
Sanders then added that it’s not an “honest mistake” when reporters put out information they know to be false or “hasn’t been validated. That hasn’t been offered with any credibility and that has been continually denied by a number of people, including people with direct knowledge of an instance.”
Other critics of the legacy media in the age of President Donald J. Trump note that some of the same outlets who have regularly been wrong about the current administration never put out incorrect or “fake” news that harmed the Obama administration or put President Obama in a bad light.
Acosta then asked Sanders to “cite a specific story that you say is intentionally false, that was intentionally put out there to mislead the American people?”
“Sure. The ABC report by Brian Ross,” she said, referencing his report earlier this month claiming that as a candidate, Trump asked advisor Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials. It turned out that Trump was already president-elect when he asked Flynn to make contact with Russian officials, which is normal for an incoming administration.
The story was meant to substantiate the long-running media narrative of “Trump-Russia collusion.” Ross was suspended for a month.
“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,” Sanders said.
Acosta then attempted to ask his original question but Sanders moved on.
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