Tensions boil over in combative White House briefing

Tensions boil over in combative White House briefing, by Jordan Fabian.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sparred heatedly with reporters Monday over errors made by media outlets in recent stories on President Trump.

In a fiery exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta, a frequent critic of the White House, Sanders disputed the notion that news outlets had made “honest mistakes” in their reporting. The errors, she said, were intentional and malicious.

“You cannot say it’s an honest mistake when you’re purposely putting out information you know is false,” Sanders said. …

Acosta disputed the notion that reporters were intentionally getting stories wrong to harm the administration.

“Journalists make honest mistakes and that doesn’t make them fake news,” Acosta said.

“When journalists make honest mistakes they should own up to them,” Sanders responded.

If they were honest mistakes then about half of them would favor Trump, and about half would hurt him. But all their many “mistakes” hurt him. So they’re not “honest mistakes,” are they?

The media doesn’t like it when one of their targets pushes back — from a platform too big to ignore. They cannot effectively shut Trump up by ignoring him, like they can anyone else on the planet.