Fiery You 'Have Responsibility to Report Accurately': Sanders Battles Reporter Over Trump's Latest Anti-Media Tweet
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blasted a reporter over her question about the Trump administration's support for a "free press" or lack thereof.
ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega asked Sanders about one of President Donald Trump's tweets from earlier in the day, wherein he criticized reportage from mainstream media outlets as "fake news."
"The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake)," Trump wrote. "Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?"
The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018
Vega asked Sanders if stripping press outlets of White House credentials is a "line [she] is willing to cross."
Sanders said Vega's colleagues have often reported that the Trump White House is one of the most accessible administrations in history.
"[We're] very committed to a free press," Sanders said. "Me being up here... the president [spoke to you] just a couple of hours ago," she said.
Vega reiterated her question, asking how threatening the press is a fruitful endeavor in light of the Constitutionally mandated free press.
Sanders responded by citing two examples of what she considered egregious reporting.
She said the New York Times described Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as AWOL while he was in reality retrieving American hostages from North Korea.
Sanders also slammed the Washington Post for a story that questioned whether First Lady Melania Trump physically resides in the White House or in the Beltway suburbs with her parents.
She called them "outrageous claims," and told Vega that her and her colleagues have a "responsibility to provide accurate information" to the public.