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Monday, July 3, 2017

From News and Guts

We never thought we'd be posting something from Playboy here on News & Guts, but nonetheless this is newsworthy.
The reporter who confronted Sarah Huckabee Sanders at yesterday's White House briefing, Brian Karem, has written about his encounter in a story titled, "We Stood Up to the Administration Today Because Free Press is Crucial."
Here's an excerpt:
"Sanders was in her element and we got to hear again how the media is at fault, there is a lot of fake media out there, and Sanders urged us all to look at some video – that she admittedly had no idea whether it was true – but if it was, then oh boy, we should see it.
Six months of being bullied by this administration, being told we are the enemy of the people and how the administration supports the First Amendment – just not the people who practice it – and I’d had enough.
So I confronted Sanders about her statements.
I told her they were inflammatory and then said, “Any one of us are replaceable. And anyone of us, if we get it wrong, the audience has the opportunity to turn the channel or not read us. You’ve been elected to serve for four years at least. There is no option other than that. We’re here to ask you questions. You’re here to provide answers. And what you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who look at it and say, ‘See, once again the President is right and everybody else out here is fake media,’ and everybody in this room is only trying to do their job.”
The president has never admitted one mistake. The current administration sells half-truths and lies like they’re day-old cookies at a bake sale.
The fact is: I like Sarah Sanders. I like Sean Spicer. I like most of the people I’ve met who work in this administration. They’re personable and, as far as I can tell – with a few notable exceptions – decent people.
But I don’t like bullies and I don’t like the entire institution of the press and free speech being castigated..."

We Stood Up to the Administration Today Because Free Press is Crucial

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