White House Calls Media Out On Russia Obsession
The White House has once again gone on the offensive, condemning the media for constant coverage of the Russia probe, while defending President Donald Trump’s recent tweets against MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.
At Thursday’s White House press briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited a study conducted by the conservative Media Research Center (MRC), which found that the media has spent more than half of their total coverage on Trump dealing with the Russian probe.
For their study, MRC looked at all 364 evening news stories in the five weeks since former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the Russia probe. MRC found that out of the 640 minutes that the media covered Trump, 353 minutes was devoted to the Russia investigation and sacked FBI director James Comey.
“That’s the numbers guys, the numbers don’t lie. The media’s focus on priorities, they don’t line up with the rest of America,” Huckabee Sanders said.
The White House vigorously defended the president’s tweets Thursday, with spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling Fox News that “this is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media.” People on Morning Joe, she added, “have personally attacked me many times.”
“Look, I think what’s necessary is to push back against unnecessary attacks on the president,” Sanders responded, doubling down on her previous point and going on to accuse the Morning Joe hosts of provoking the president with their own “mean, hateful attacks.”
A spokesperson for Melania Trump, whose initiative to combat cyberbullying is apparently stalled, told CNN, “As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder.”
Huckabee Sanders also blasted the media for their lack of coverage on Trump’s policies, citing the MRC study, which found that the media only spent one minute covering tax reform, three minutes on infrastructure, and five minutes on the economy and jobs.
“You can’t say that you want to talk about policy and then you look at the numbers, and they just don’t lie,” Huckabee Sanders said. “Right now we’ve got our economy is growing. The stock market is up. Unemployment is down. Jobs are back. And ISIS is on the run. America is winning, and that’s what we like to talk about. But you guys constantly ignore that narrative.”
When asked if the president should hold himself to a higher standard that a cable news anchor, Huckabee Sanders argued that the American people “knew what they were getting when they voted for Donald Trump,” adding that he won the election “overwhelmingly.”
“I think that the President has been attacked mercilessly on personal accounts by members on that program, and I think he’s been very clear that when he gets attacked he’s going to hit back,” Huckabee Sanders said. “I think the American people elected somebody who’s tough, who’s smart, and who’s a fighter. And that’s Donald Trump. And I don’t think that it’s a surprise to anybody that he fights fire with fire.”