After President-elect Donald Trump rightly called out CNN for being “fake news” and also for being incredibly rude during a press conference Wednesday, the rude CNN journalist in question, Jim Acosta, claimed that incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer threatened to throw him out of the press conference, which Spicer denied, according to The Hill.
Current White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest actually claimed on Thursday, in response to a question about the dust-up caused by the Clinton News Network, that he could “never recall a scenario where I was tempted to throw someone out of the room.”
The Hill reported that “The spokesman said dealing with tough questions from the media is ‘part of the process’ of leading a democratic country.”
This is so rich on a couple of levels. First, it’s hilarious for anyone from the Obama administration to lecture about handling “tough questions” when the mainstream media carried their water for eight years.
That brings us to the next point that catches Earnest in a big fat lie. He absurdly claimed that he has never even felt tempted to throw an outlet out. As we know, the one outlet that asked any tough questions, Fox News, was treated very unfairly by the Obama administration.
Moreover, Earnest himself wrote in an email back in 2009: “We’ve demonstrated our willingness and ability to exclude Fox News from significant interviews,” as revealed by Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch reported:
… internal Obama administration emails obtained by Judicial Watch provide evidence that FNC was specifically singled out for exclusion. According to one October 22, 2009, email exchange between Dag Vega, Director of Broadcast Media on the White House staff, to Jenni LeCompte, then-Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Treasury Department, Vega informs LeCompte that “…we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.”
Regarding general anti-FNC bias within the Obama White House in an October 23, 2009, email exchange between Jennifer Psaki, Deputy White House Communications Director and LeCompte, Psaki writes, “I am putting some dead fish in the fox cubby – just cause”. In an email on the night of October 22, 2009, commenting on a report by Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier noting the exclusion of the network from the pool, Psaki writes to Compte and fellow White House colleagues, “…brett baier just did a stupid piece on it — but he is a lunatic”.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest bluntly described the White House’s position on Fox News Channel in an October 23, 2009, email to LeCompte:
“We’ve demonstrated our willingness and ability to exclude Fox News from significant interviews…”
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