Reporter Reacts to Sarah Huckabee Sanders: ‘We Are Not Fake News’ | Morning Joe | MSNBC


>>>DURING THE PRESS COVERAGE
YESTERDAY, SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS MENTIONED — GOT INTO AN
INTENSE BACK AND FORTH WITH A WHITE HOUSE REPORTER.
>>IF WE MAKE THE SLIGHTEST MISTAKE, THE SLIGHTEST WORD IS
OFF, IT IS AN ABSOLUTE TIRADE FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS
ROOM. BUT NEWS OUTLETS GET TO GO ON
DAY AFTER DAY AND CITE UNNAMED SOURCES, USE STORIES WITHOUT
SOURCES, HAVE, YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED THE STORY WHERE THEY
HAD TO HAVE REPORTERS RESIGN. >>COME ON, YOU’RE INFLAMING
EVERYBODY RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW WITH THOSE WORDS.
THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE THAT AS WELL.
WHY IN THE NAME OF HEAVENS ANY ONE OF US ARE REPLACEABLE AND
ANY ONE OF US IF WE DON’T GET IT RIGHT, THE AUDIENCE HAS THE
OPPORTUNITY TO TURN THE CHANNEL OR NOT LEAD US.
YOU HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO SERVE FOR FOUR YEARS AT LEAST.
THERE’S NO OPTION OTHER THAN THAT.
WE’RE HERE TO ASK YOU QUESTIONS. YOU’RE HERE TO PROVIDE THE
ANSWERS AND WHAT YOU JUST DID IS INFLAMMATORY TO PEOPLE ALL OVER
THE COUNTRY WHO LOOK AT IT AND SEE, ONCE AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT’S
RIGHT AND EVERYBODY ELSE OUT HERE IS FAKE MEDIA AND EVERYBODY
IN THIS ROOM IS ONLY TRYING TO DO THEIR JOB.
>>I DISAGREE COMPLETELY. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK IF
ANYTHING HAS BEEN INFLAMED, IT’S THE DISHONESTY THAT OFTEN TAKES
PLACE BY THE NEWS MEDIA AND I THINK IT IS OUTRAGEOUS FOR YOU
TO ACCUSE ME OF INFLAMING A STORY WHEN I WAS SIMPLY TRYING
TO RESPOND TO HIS QUESTION. >>YEAH, NO.
THAT REPORTER SEEN IN THE EXCHANGE IS BRIAN CAROM, THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORTER FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. HE’LL BE OUR
GUEST NEXT HOUR. HEIDI PRYZBYLY.
>>SARAH HUCKABEE SAID WE ALL GET TO GO ON AND ON ESSENTIALLY
PROMOTING UNTRUTHS. THAT IS SO WRONG.
AND WHAT HAPPENED AT CNN THE OTHER DAY IS A TESTAMENT TO
THAT. WHEN WE GET IT WRONG, THOSE
THREE REPORTERS WERE FORCED TO RESIGN.
SO IF THIS WHITE HOUSE AND IT’S BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY
SEVERAL TIMES WANTS TO HIGHLIGHT REPORTING THAT IS UNTRUE AND
THAT MERITS A CORRECTION, THEY ARE FREE EVERY DAY TO DO THAT.
THEY HAVE THAT PODIUM. THEY TAKE AN ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC
INSTITUTION, WHICH IS ALL OF US, AND SAY THAT WE ARE FAKE NEWS.
THAT IS WHY SO MANY REPORTERS HAVE HAD IT UP TO HERE, WHICH IS
THAT WE ARE NOT FAKE NEWS AND IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC ISSUE WITH A
SPECIFIC STORY OR A SPECIFIC REPORTER, PLEASE, BY ALL MEANS
TAKE THAT UP AND GET YOUR CORRECTION BUT DO NOT VILIFY A
VITAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTION. >>AND THE GREATEST, I MEAN, THE
GREATEST IRONY, MARK HALPERIN, IS THIS LECTURE IS COMING FROM
THE GREATEST LIAR THAT’S EVER SAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
THE “NEW YORK TIMES” HIGHLIGHTED A THOUSAND LIES.
I MEAN, TO COMPARE NIXON TO THIS GUY IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS.
HE LIES EVERY DAY. A LOT OF TIMES HE LIES EVERY
MINUTE. HE FORGETS THE LIE THAT HE TOLD
FIVE MINUTES AGO. >>AND THEN HE PROPS UP PEOPLE
LIKE SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS TO BACK UP HIS LIE AND SHE DOES IT
WITH A STRAIGHT FACE. IT’S INCREDIBLY DISTURBING.
>>WHAT’S ALSO SO FUNNY IS THE FACT THAT SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS
AND DONALD TRUMP WILL TALK ABOUT UNNAMED SOURCES AND STORIES.
THIS WHITE HOUSE WILL CALL EVERY SECOND THAT YOU WILL TAKE THEIR
CALLS AND THEY WILL GIVE YOU A STORY, MARK, BUT IT HAS TO BE
UNNAMED SOURCE. THEY HAVE TO BE OFF THE RECORD.
AND A LOT OF TIMES THEY WILL CALL YOU JUST TO TRASH OTHER
PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE.
OR THEY’LL SAY, HEY, IF YOU CAN GET THIS OUT THERE BUT YOU CAN’T
ATTACH MY NAME TO IT, I MEAN, WHAT RAGING HYPOCRITES THEY ALL
ARE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT UNNAMED SOURCES WHEN THEY THROW MORE
UNNAMED SOURCED STORIES OUT THAN ANY WHITE HOUSE I’VE EVER DEALT
WITH. >>EVER.
>>THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF LOW POINTS FROM IN A PODIUM IN IN
ADMINISTRATION WITH LACK OF RESPECT FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT
OR LACK OF SERIOUSNESS ABOUT EXPLAINING THEMSELVES.
I THOUGHT THAT WAS ONE OF THE LOWEST POINTS OF THE ENTIRE
ADMINISTRATION. >>DESPICABLE.
>>WHAT SARAH SAID IN HER TONE, HER SUBSTANCE ANDER EMPHASIS.
IT’S NOT ABOUT THE PRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE, IT’S ABOUT THE
PUBLIC INTEREST AND DEMANDING HONESTY FROM THE ADMINISTRATION.
I GET WHY THEY LIKE THE ATTACK THE PRESS.
IT RALLIES THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED HIM GET ELECTED AND I GET IT’S
WHAT THE PRESIDENT LIKES TO HEAR BUT THAT WAS A LOW POINT AND
EVERYBODY IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND ELSEWHERE SHOULD LOOK AT THE DIE
— DYNAMICS AND THINK ABOUT IF
THAT’S THE WAY THEY WANT THE WHITE HOUSE TO RUN.
>>DONALD TRUMP IS NOT GOING TO BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOREVER
AND THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO ON AND GOT JOBS AFTER HE’S GONE
AND HE WILL THROW THEM ALL UNDER THE BUS.
HE THROWS EVERYBODY UNDER THE BUS AT THE END AND HE’LL THROW
THEM UNDER THE BUS AS WELL. I HAVE TO SAY, MIKE BARNICLE,
THIS IS SO SHORT SIGHTED BECAUSE YOU CAN LOOK AT EVERY PUBLIC
OPINION POLL AND AMERICANS TRUST NEWS OUTLETS MORE THAN THEY
TRUST DONALD TRUMP, AND ALSO DONALD TRUMP IS ON MAKING THE
MEDIA STRONGER. I MEAN, WE HAVE RECORD RATINGS
FOR US AT “MORNING JOE,” RECORD RATINGS FOR SUBSCRIPTION
INCREASES TO “NEW YORK TIMES,” “WASHINGTON POST,” ET CETERA, ET
CETERA. EVERYBODY IS ACTUALLY GETTING
MORE VIEWERS BY HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE.
AND WHEN THEY DO THINGS LIKE THAT, THEY ONLY FEED IN TO —
THEY ONLY MAKE US STRONGER. >>IT CERTAINLY IS SHORT
SIGHTED. IT ALMOST ASSUREDLY IS A
STRATEGY. AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS
DIFFICULTY GETTING ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS A HEALTH CARE BILL.
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS DIFFICULTY IN FORMULATING A
POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST BUT THEY HAVE A FAIRLY SUCCESSFUL
STRATEGY OF RUNNING THE PRESS DOWN AND IT’S WORKING TO A
CERTAIN EXTENT. >>IT’S A 36% STRATEGY.
>>OKAY. >>IT’S A LOSING STRATEGY.
>>HERE’S THE DIFFERENCE, THOUGH, JOE.
THE DIFFERENCE IS WE IN THE MEDIA, WHEN WE MAKE A MISTAKE,
WE REPORT IT. YOU KNOW WE MAKE A MISTAKE.
WHEN THEY MAKE A MISTAKE, THEY SAY NOTHING.
>>OR THEY LIE ABOUT IT. >>WELL, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OF
HELPFUL INSIGHT FOR SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, SOMEONE MIGHT
WANT TO TELL HER SHE’S WORKING FOR A PRESIDENT WHO FORCED HIS
PRESS SECRETARY ON DAY ONE TO GO OUT AND LIE ABOUT CROWD SIZE AND
OBSESSED OVER CROWD SIZE AND HE DID THAT WITH HIS TAIL BETWEEN
HIS LEGS AND RUINED HIMSELF CREDIBILITY FROM DAY ONE.
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A LOOK INTO TRUMP’S HISTORY THERE’S A
MILLION THINGS CAN YOU FIND. HERE’S A “WASHINGTON POST” POST
REPORT. FAKE COVERS OF “TIME” MAGAZINE.
HE WAS SO NEEDY HE HAD NOT BEEN ON TIME YET THAT HE MADE HIS
OWN. OKAY?
THIS IS YOUR BOSS. THIS IS YOUR BOSS.
HE PUT THIS ON DISPLAY AT AT LEAST FIVE OF HIS CLUBS.
SEVERAL EXCLAMATION POINTS, THE HEADLINES, SOMETHING “TIME”
MAGAZINE DOESN’T DO, THE MAKE BELIEVE COVER IS DATED MARCH
1st, 2009 AND HIGHLIGHTS TRUMP’S REALITY SHOW “THE APPRENTICE.”
TIME HAS SINCE ASKED TRUMP TO REMOVE THE PHONY COVER, THE
PHONY, PATHETIC MADE-UP COVER OF “TIME” MAGAZINE.
THAT’S YOUR BOSS. >>THE WHITE HOUSE COULDN’T
COMMENT ON WHETHER THE WHITE HOUSE KNEW IT WASN’T A REAL
COVER. >>YOU COULD DO SOME COVERS OF
YOURSELF. YOU COULD JUST MAKE THEM UP!
>>I DON’T HAVE TO BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, GQ, HOW MANY TIMES
HAVE THEY HAD ME ON THEIR COVER? THAT IS THIS MONTH’S “GQ,” I
WOULDN’T GO HANGING THAT — “MYSTIFIED TOPS THE CHARTS.”
>>I WOULDN’T GO PUTTING THAT UP IN MY CLUB.
>>”ROLL TIDE!” >>LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW SHORT
SIGHTED DONALD TRUMP IS. HE WANTS THE PRESS TO GO OUT AND
IT’S SO SHORT SIGHTED. HE’S GOT PRESIDENT BANNON’S —
>>NO, SERIOUSLY, HOW DID YOU DO THAT?
>>I DIDN’T HEAR THAT. WHAT DID YOU SAY?
>>HE HAS A SCREW LOOSE. THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG!
SOMETHING WRONG! >>PRESIDENT BANNON’S STRATEGY
IS GETTING THEM 35%, 36% IN POLLS.
HE STILL BELIEVES THIS IS A POSITIVE STRATEGY WHEN AMERICANS
DESPERATELY WANT THEIR WHITE HOUSE TO WORK.
>>THE OTHER THING I WOULD ADD IS I THINK THERE’S SOMETHING
LARGER TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. HAS THE PRESS OCCASIONALLY MADE
A MISTAKE IN THE PURSUIT OF A LEGITIMATE STORY ABOUT RUSSIA
MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTION? YES.
BUT WHAT HE DOES AND WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE DOES IS DISCREDIT
ANYONE OR ANYTHING THAT CROSSES THEIR NARRATIVE OR UNDERMINES
WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY, WHETHER IT’S THE PRESS OR CEO OR INTEL
AGENCIES OR THE COURTS. THAT IS A VERY DANGEROUS THING
THAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN REALTIME THAT OUR INSTITUTIONS
ARE BEING DISCREDITED OR UNDERMINED.
THAT’S A LONG-TERM PROBLEM. IT MAY GET THEM THROUGH THE DAY
BUT YOU HAVE PEOPLE NOW TO DON’T BELIEVE ESSENTIAL TRUTHS.
>>HE EJECTED AN ANTI-JOURNALISM VIRUS INTO THE CULTURE.
>>COMING UP, CECILE RICHARDS IS ON SET AND SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY.
>>STUNNING, SUPERFICIAL.

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