White House press secretary blames media for impeachment inquiry

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Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, slammed the media for biased coverage of President Trump and for helping to “promote” the Democrats’ impeachment efforts.

Grisham denounced what she called today’s “advocacy journalism” and called out the media for not giving the president a “fair shake” while rarely exposing Democrats during an appearance Sunday on “Media Buzz.”


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“When the president of the United States talks about the corrupt media, you deal with journalists all the time in this job — do you believe that all the journalists who are talking and writing, reporting on Donald Trump are then corrupt?” Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz asked the press secretary.

“I’m not gong to use the word ‘all,’ I think that’s a little bit too absolute. I think that there are some good journalists out there,” Grisham replied.

“But I will say that I think journalism today has turned into advocacy journalism … to the detriment of the American people,” she said. “American people … want to turn on the news and they want to get an honest accounting of what is happening in this country, and that’s not what is happening right now.”

“It’s really unfortunate that they won’t even give him a fair shake,” Grisham said, adding that “tough reporting is okay with us but it’s got to be fair.”

She also noted the lack of fact-checking and the reliance of journalists on anonymous sources making false claims.

“I get hundreds of emails a day and I have reporters telling me, ‘I’ve got this anonymous source that’s telling me X, Y or Z.’ And, I always say to them, ‘I will go on the record and tell you that that’s absolutely not true,’ and they’ll just say to me, ‘We stand by our sources.’ That’s concerning to me,” Grisham told Kurtz.

“When somebody like me will put my name to something to say that a source is wrong or just absolutely wrong, that’s not okay,” she added, going on to point to The Washington Post as an example.

“Are you at least quoted in the story saying it’s not true?” Kurtz asked.

“Half the time. Not always,” she replied.

“One of the publications says ‘democracy dies in the darkness’ and what I’ve noticed in the last couple of months especially — that only matters when it comes to the president,” she said. “They’re fine with all these closed-door hearings on the Hill. They’re fine with somebody writing an anonymous book. The rules seem to change for this president.”

Earlier in the segment, Grisham called out the media’s role in the impeachment inquiry.

“I think the media has done a lot to help promote [impeachment] and promote what the [Democrats] are doing and they’re ignoring key parts,” she said. “They won’t acknowledge that a lot of the things that are being put out there are selectively leaked.”

“The lawyer for the whistleblower on day one of the president taking office was talking about a coup, and was saying that we’re going to take him down,” Grisham added. “I don’t understand why we’re not talking about that.”

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