During Monday’s White House press briefing, WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sparred with CNN’s Jim Acosta over the mainstream media’s recent string of pathetic blunders and fake news stories.
Once again, Acosta directly challenged Sanders in a provocative manner.
“I would just say, Sarah, that journalists make honest mistakes and that doesn’t make them fake news,” Acosta smarmily quipped. Sanders set him straight.
“There’s a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people — something that happens regularly,” Sanders said.
“You cannot say that it’s an honest mistake when you’re purposely putting out information that you know to be false, or when you’re taking information that hasn’t been validated, that hasn’t been offered any credibility, and that has been continually denied by a number of people including people with direct knowledge of an instance,” Sanders said.
Acosta then asked her to name a specific story that was intentionally published to mislead the American people. Sanders cited the erroneous report by ABC News’ Brian Ross that wrongly claimed candidate Donald Trump ordered Michael Flynn to initiate contact with the Russians.
“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,” she said.
Acosta tried to ask another question, but Sanders moved on.
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