Sarah Huckabee Sanders battles reporters over fake news: “I’m not done!”

Trump's press secretary echoed his first, Sean Spicer, to continue the administration's war against the press

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published December 11, 2017 3:29PM (EST)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders promoted one of President Donald Trump's favorite themes at a press conference on Monday — namely, that the media which makes any reporting mistakes should simply not be trusted.

"There's a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people, something that happens regularly," Sanders told reporters at the White House press briefing. "You can't say that it's an honest mistake when you're purposefully 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."

She added, "I'm speaking about the number of reports that have taken place over the last couple of weeks. I'm simply stating that there should be a certain level of responsibility in that process."

Twitter users naturally noticed the irony of a Trump lackey criticizing, well, anyone for playing fast and loose with facts.

President Trump on Saturday called for a Washington Post reporter to be fired because of a tweet about the size of the crowd at Trump's Pensacola, Fla. rally on Friday.

On Monday, Sanders also defended Trump from the multiple accusations of sexual misconduct that have dogged him since the 2016 presidential campaign, repeating an earlier administration claim that the issue is no longer relevant because Trump won that election.

"The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready to move forward in that process," Sanders told reporters.

She added, "The president has said that it's a good thing for women to be able to feel comfortable in coming forward, generally speaking."

When asked about Trump bragging to Howard Stern that he could walk in on teen beauty pageant contestants while they were in their dressing rooms, and whether she considered that to be sexual harassment, Sanders replied, "Look, the president has spoken about this directly. I don't have anything further to add."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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