(National Sentinel)Â News Fakes:Â CNN‘s White House correspondent Jim Acosta exchanged words with administration spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday in an attempt to justify a series of incorrect and outright false media reports of late, including some by his network.
Acosta tried to argue thatÂ reporters make â€œhonest mistakes and that doesnâ€™t make them fake newsâ€ while Sanders countered that reporters â€œpurposefullyâ€ mislead people â€œregularly.â€
â€œI would say, Sarah, that journalists make honest mistakes and that doesnâ€™t make them fake news,” Acosta, a regular critic of the Trump administration, said.
Acosta then attempted to pivot to another question, but Sanders interjected instead.
â€œBut when journalists make honest mistakes, they should own up to them. Sometimes, and a lot of times, you donâ€™t. But thereâ€™s a differenceâ€¦between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people, something that happens regularly,” said the press secretary.
Sanders then added that itâ€™s not an â€œhonest mistakeâ€ when reporters put out information they know to be false or â€œhasnâ€™t been validated. That hasnâ€™t been offered with any credibility and that has been continually denied by a number of people, including people with direct knowledge of an instance.â€
Other critics of the legacy media in the age of President Donald J. Trump note that some of the same outlets who have regularly been wrong about the current administration never put out incorrect or “fake” news that harmed the Obama administration or put President Obama in a bad light.
Acosta then asked Sanders toÂ â€œcite a specific story that you say is intentionally false, that was intentionally put out there to mislead the American people?â€
â€œSure. The ABC report by Brian Ross,” she said, referencing his report earlier this month claiming that as a candidate, TrumpÂ asked advisor Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials. It turned out that Trump was already president-elect when he asked Flynn to make contact with Russian officials, which is normal for an incoming administration.
The story was meant to substantiate the long-running media narrative of “Trump-Russia collusion.” Ross was suspended for a month.
“I think that was pretty misleading to the American people, and I think that itâ€™s very telling that that individual had to be suspended because of that reporting. I think that shows that the network took it seriously and recognized that it was a problem,” Sanders said.
Acosta then attempted to ask his original question but Sanders moved on.
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