The long-running feud between the media and the Trump White House erupted once again last Thursday afternoon in front of millions of viewers who were tuned in to see the White House’s daily briefings.
The traditionally composed and professional press briefings of past administrations have now become a hostile environment full of combative nitpicking, since the historic election of Donald Trump.
Unfortunately, the ringmaster in charge of keeping the frenzied White House press in their place falls to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders who is continuously attacked by the liberal media.
On Thursday the protagonist leading the attack was once again CNN’s own Jim Acosta. Acosta grilled Sanders on whether she agreed with the president’s assertions that the media is the “enemy of the people”. He then went a step further by invoking the president’s daughter Ivanka, suggesting that even she disputed her father’s characterization of the media.
“I think it would be a good thing if you were to say right here, at this briefing, that the press … are not the enemy of the people. I think we deserve that,” Acosta scolded Sanders.
Sanders, keeping her composure, reiterated once again that the president has “made his position known,” before Acosta interrupted attempting to talk over her.
However, Sanders forcefully continued her rebuttal and finally drowned out Acosta’s attempt to control the dialog.
“It’s ironic, Jim, that you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric when they frequently lower the level of conversation in this country. Repeatedly, repeatedly the media resorts to personal attacks without any motive other than to incite anger,” Sanders fired back.
Then she monetarily stepped away from her role as press secretary and zeroed in on her own personal experiences with the press — especially with CNN.
“On a number of occasions, including on your own network (CNN), it was said I should be harassed… I should be choked…”
Then Sanders took aim at April’s White House Correspondents Dinner, when she was publicly harassed and humiliated by a “wanna-be” comedian named Michelle Wolf who mocked her appearance and ridiculed her performance as press secretary.
“When I was hosted by the Correspondents’ Association, which almost all of you are members of, you brought a comedian up to attack my appearance and call me a traitor to my own gender.”
Adding, “As far as I know, I’m the first press secretary in the history of the United States that’s required Secret Service protection.”
Acosta then attempted to pivot, reminding Sanders of the initial question of whether or not she considers the media the “enemy of the people.”
He continued, “I’m sorry that that happened to you. I wish that had not happened. But, for the sake of this room, the people that are in this room, this democracy, this country … the President of the United States should not refer to us as the enemy of the people … all I’m asking you to do, Sarah, is to acknowledge that.”
Sanders responded, “I appreciate your passion. I share it. I’ve addressed this question. I’ve addressed my personal feelings; I’m here to speak on behalf of the president. He’s made his comments clear.”
Acosta, always attempting another grandstand antic, walked out of the press briefing in protest.
It’s noteworthy to mention that a recent poll conducted by the Media Research Center, which “studied all broadcast evening news coverage of the President from January 1ST through April 30th, found 90% of the evaluative comments about Trump were negative.