Once again, the news media have tired of the Russian collusion delusion and are turning to tabloid gossip to fill up their news pages.
On Wednesday, journalists peppered Sarah Sanders with questions about porn star Stormy Daniels.
The following is a transcript of the exchange between CNN White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny and the Press Secretary:
Sarah, you’ve said repeatedly that we’ve addressed our feelings on that situation, in regards to the Stormy Daniels payment. But specifically, can I ask, did the President approve of the payment that was made in October of 2016 by his longtime lawyer and advisor, Michael Cohen?
MS. SANDERS: Look, the President has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations are true. This case has already been won in arbitration. And anything beyond that, I would refer you to the President’s outside counsel.
Q When did the President address, specifically, the cash payment that was made in October of 2016 to —
MS. SANDERS: The President has denied the allegations against him. And, again, this case has already been won in arbitration. Anything beyond that, I would refer you to outside counsel.
Q But did he know about that payment at the time, though?
MS. SANDERS: Jeff, I’ve addressed this as far as I can go.
Q I’m not talking about the actual allegations, but about the payment. Did he know about the payment at the time?
MS. SANDERS: Not that I’m aware of. And, again, anything beyond what I’ve already given you, I would refer you to the President’s outside counsel.
Q Has he talked to Michael Cohen about that, since this has become a news story this week? Has he talked to Michael Cohen about it, if I can just ask one more question?
MS. SANDERS: I’m sorry?
Q Has he talked to Michael Cohen about that this week since this has become news?
MS. SANDERS: I don’t know. I’m not sure.
CNN is reporting that President Trump is “very unhappy” with Sanders’ responses per one of its infamous anonymous “sources,” although it is unclear what she should have said differently.
As the network reported:
Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, filed suit against Trump this week alleging he hadn’t signed a nondisclosure agreement that would have prevented her from discussing their alleged sexual affair.
On Wednesday, Sanders told reporters that the arbitration was won “in the President’s favor.” The statement is an admission that the nondisclosure agreement exists, and that it directly involves the President. It is the first time the White House has admitted the President was involved in any way with Daniels.
“POTUS is very unhappy,” the source said. “Sarah gave the Stormy Daniels storyline steroids yesterday.”
Sarah Sanders isn’t giving any concocted storyline “steroids” with her straightforward responses to direct questions, which are in accordance with what official representatives can say during litigation circumstances.
News outlets like CNN are pumping up the storyline themselves, while overlooking stories that don’t fit the prevailing narrative: Such as a student who was drawn to ISIS bringing a homemade bomb to a school in Utah. Oftentimes, when you see titillating stories all over the news media, they’re obscuring the fact that there is real news that they don’t want to aggressively report.
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