Playboy 'Reporter' Gets His Patootie Handed to Him After Cheap Shot Attack on Kayleigh McEnany

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Playboy reporter Brian Karem is a notoriously unprofessional media figure who has clashed with the Trump White House in the past. He’s also known for engaging in the Acosta-like “journalistic” practice of yelling at the targets of his ire, as he’s done numerous times with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany during press briefings as she’s walked away from the podium.

Because McEnany has pulled no punches in the past in response to his antics, Karem has made it a point to routinely attack her on Twitter in hopes of getting a rise out of her. The only thing it typically accomplishes is proving to everyone what a desperate, attention-seeking, misogynistic pig he actually is.

But earlier today Karem found himself on the receiving end of an especially-deserving smackdown from McEnany’s defenders in and out of the White House after the cheap shot swipe he took at her in response to a predictably misleading video tweet about her from Vox.com’s Aaron Rupar:

Karem actually thought this reply made him look super-cool. It didn’t:

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews blasted back (McEnany RTd her response):

As did assistant White House press secretary Karoline Leavitt, who called Karem “a disrespectful clown” and correctly pointed out that he is not a real journalist:

White House comms director Alyssa Farah didn’t hold back either, also emphasizing the fact that what Karem routinely does is not “journalism” in any real, meaningful sense of the word:

Though it’s not well-known because CNN likes to keep it a secret, Karem is also a political analyst for their network, which should surprise absolutely no one:

As a side note, there was also this criticism of the particular line of attack from Karem where he told McEnany to “go get your shine box”:

Guess he forgot how that scene ended? Let’s refresh his memory a bit:

As I’ve said before, it’s easy to see why the White House reacts as they do sometimes to reporters when you watch how performance “journalists” like Karem (and CNN’s Jim Acosta) conduct themselves. In fact, Karem’s fellow reporters in the press corps often rush to defend his unprofessional antics while at the same time working to get conservative news outlets like OANN kicked out of the daily press briefings.

Makes no sense until you understand that the only difference between Karem and the rest of the White House press corps is that he has even less control over his bias and obsession with being the center of attention than the rest of them do.

By the way, make sure to watch in full the clip Rupar tweeted out from McEnany’s Fox News interview from earlier today in order to get the true sense of what she said rather than assume his spin is accurate. It isn’t, which shouldn’t be the least bit shocking for anyone who is familiar with how the notoriously deceptive Rupar operates.

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