When CNN’s Jim Acosta indicated that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was too afraid to call out “fake news” outlets, she came back with a scathing criticism of CNN.
“If the president is going to say that the fake news media are the enemy of the people and if you’re going to stand there and continue to say that there are some journalists, some news outlets in that country that meet that characterization, shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?”
Sanders responded by arguing that CNN wrongly blamed Trump for a pipe bomb sent to his news outlet.
“Well, I think it’s irresponsible for a news organization like yours to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president — not just blame the president but blame members of his administration for those heinous acts,” she said.
“I think that is outrageous and I think it’s irresponsible,” she added.
Watch her answer below:
Sanders defends Trump's use of "enemy of the people" to describe news media, even after Trump supporter allegedly sent pipe bombs to CNN and other critics of the President. pic.twitter.com/t3kFW8OI9W
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) October 29, 2018
In a prior question, Acosta suggested that Trump should stop calling the press the “enemy of the people” and reserve that for foreign adversaries.
Sanders responded by saying that Trump only referred to “fake news” when he made those comments. Acosta then asked her to list outlets that the White House regarded as enemies.
“I’m not going to walk through a list but I think those individuals probably know who they are,” she said.
After Acosta pressed her for an answer, she said that she didn’t think Trump’s label was specific to any outlet but likely referred to individuals who, she suggested, reported “fake news.”