President Donald Trump routinely has fun with the press, baiting them on Twitter with ideas they can’t possibly let go by without anxiously fretting or angrily demanding answers.
Wednesday was no exception, with this gem from early in the morning:
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
Which of course led to worried questions to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who made sure the press understood they had access to the administration they’ve not enjoyed in the past — and that they’ve even said so themselves.
The reporter asked again “How is the suggestion of taking American journalists press credentials away advocating for a free press in this country?”
Then Sanders exploded.
Notably irritated, Sanders repeated, “The fact that I’m standing here taking questions. The fact that the president took questions from your colleagues just two hours ago demonstrates this White House’s commitment to accessibility and to providing information to the American public.”
The coup de grace however was when the intrepid Sanders mentioned the myriad ways in which the press — either knowingly or unknowingly — misreported in flagrantly egregious ways.
At the same time, the press has a responsibility to put out accurate information.
Just yesterday The New York Times accused the Secretary of State for being AWOL — AWOL — when he was flying across the globe to bring three Americans home. That is an outrageous claim.
Just earlier this week, The Washington Post accused the First Lady of not living in the White House. That outrageous claim was then repeated again in this room.
We are here. We are taking questions. We are doing everything we can to provide regular and constant information to the American people and there is a responsibility by you guys to provide accurate information.
It was pretty fantastic. Watch the video here.