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During Tuesday’s White House press briefing, a reporter challenged deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders railed against “the constant barrage of fake news" directed at President Trump.

“Come on. You’re inflaming everybody right here and right now with those words,” Brian Karem, editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel, said.

Sanders doubled down on her criticism of the "dishonest" news media.

On "Outnumbered" today, Melissa Francis said a tense relationship between the press and the administration could be valuable if they were debating the issues, but that wasn't the case on Tuesday.

"What we were watching right there was somebody who wanted to be the clip of the day. He just wanted to be on television. He wanted to be on the network. He wanted to be on the nighttime shows where they parody what was said during the day," Francis said. "I hope the audience out there knows, plain and simple, that's all that hissy fit was about."

Charlie Hurt said Karem was being "obnoxious" and overly sensitive.

"She's criticizing the press. She has every right to criticize the press," Hurt said. "It's just ridiculous."

Marie Harf, a former deputy spokesperson State Department, argued that the Trump administration helps create these conflicts with constant charges of "fake news" and unfair treatment by the press.

"I do think it's frustrating for reporters," Harf said. "There is a level of hostility on both sides that we haven't seen. And I'm really sick of the White House attacking journalists."

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