'The Coverage Is Not Fair': Spicer Calls Out Mainstream Media
As the media debate over President Donald Trump's first 100 days hits fever pitch, Howard Kurtz sat down with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to discuss the negative mainstream media narrative of the Trump administration.
Spicer pushed back against the claim that Trump hasn't accomplished anything significant in his time in office, pointing to 28 bills that have been passed, multiple executive orders that have been signed and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
"At some point, people have to give this president credit for accomplishing the things he has, instead of constantly questioning," Spicer said.
Kurtz pointed out that Trump will often respond to criticism or negative stories with accusations of "fake news" or "fake media."
The Fake Media (not Real Media) has gotten even worse since the election. Every story is badly slanted. We have to hold them to the truth!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2017
Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2017
New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in .....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017
The two fake news polls released yesterday, ABC & NBC, while containing some very positive info, were totally wrong in General E. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2017
Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
Mainstream (FAKE) media refuses to state our long list of achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2017
Spicer said the president is disappointed that no matter what he does and what he accomplishes, there's always some negative "caveat" in how the mainstream media reports on his administration.
"They assume facts, they take narratives - and continue them - that are clearly not true," Spicer said. "A lot of times, the coverage is not fair."
Kurtz asked Spicer if he believes the majority of journalists and political commentators are unfair to the president.
"There are some ... that try to sensationalize things, drive narratives that are not fair or not consistent with the facts," Spicer said. "They're the first ones to throw the stone and the last ones to admit fault."
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