Huckabee Slams Coverage of Trump Asking Girl About Santa: 'It's No Longer Journalism, It's Advocacy'
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reacted to the media's coverage of President Trump's telephone conversation with a child about Santa Claus.
The president and first lady made a series of calls on Christmas Eve, and Trump was heard asking a child if she believed in Santa.
"Are you still a believer in Santa?” the president was heard saying. "Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?"
Huckabee said on "Fox & Friends" that the reaction to Trump's conversation contributes to the "disgust" and "disdain" Americans have for the media.
"There's no balance in the media these days," he said. "It's no longer journalism, it's advocacy."
Not only is that supposed media imbalance unfortunate for Trump himself, Huckabee added, it's unfortunate for the American public.
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"They're the ones who are really losing the opportunity to get solid and reliable information and then make their own decisions. That's how America is supposed to work."
Speaking to Buzzfeed News, the child's father said that there is an overreaction to the president's comment.
"I think it’s crazy it became a big deal. It’s Christmastime. I’d love to keep politics out of Christmas," Donald Lloyd said. "It didn’t bother me — I like to talk to my kids like adults."