The Trump administration supports a free press — just not a rude one.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday rejected the idea that the president is responsible for the US falling from 43 to 45 on this year’s World Press Freedom Index — then proceeded to lay into reporters for their “tone” when questioning her.
“I would reject the idea that the president or this administration has halted freedom of the press. I think we’re one of the most accessible administrations that we’ve seen in decades,” she said at the daily press briefing.
But when pushed again on whether she’d say the president — who regularly targets media outlets and journalists over perceived “fake news” — was a “champion” of a free press, Sander turned on the room of reporters.
“I certainly think we support a free press, but we also support a fair press and I think those things should go hand in hand and there’s a certainly responsibility by the press to report accurate information,” she said.
“It’s one of the reasons I’m standing here taking your questions — and a lot of times taking your questions in a tone that’s completely unnecessary and unneeded and, frankly, doesn’t help further the conversation or help the American people get any more information in a better way.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta shot back: “The president’s tone toward the press is not helpful at times and I think that’s plain to see.”
Sanders did not respond.
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