White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spit-roasted the MSM during Monday’s briefing – calling them out for recent #FakeNews, and suggesting that they were purposefully misleading the public.
“There’s a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people. Something that happens regularly. You can’t say — I’m not done. You can’t say that it’s an honest mistake when you are 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 incident. This is something that — 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.”
Sanders was, of course, talking about three incidents “over the last couple of weeks.”
First, ABC reporter Brian Ross was suspended after he put out a report that Michael Flynn was prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that then-candidate Donald Trump told him to contact the Russians, when in fact Trump told Flynn to do so after he’d won the election – a totally normal thing to do for an incoming administration. As a result, the Dow tanked 350 points before the story was corrected.
Trump called Ross a “fraudster” in response, and tweeted that anyone who lost money “based on the False and Dishonest reporting of Brian Ross” should hire an attorney and sue ABC.