CNN has led the charge in very strongly implying that President Trump shares responsibility for the string of package bombs sent to prominent Democrats. And they’ve led the charge in very strongly implying that Trump needs to apologize for it and change how he speaks.
Perhaps “implying” is too soft of a word.
“Trump Has No Plans to Claim Any Personal Responsibility for Inciting Serial Bomber,” CNN declared in a caption last week, according to NewsBusters, despite the failed bomber’s identity and motive not having been revealed yet.
During a White House press briefing on Monday, things got very, very fiery between Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the mainstream media reporters in the room when ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl opened up the very first questions with suggesting that Trump is to blame for not only the package bombs but the deadly shooting of 11 Jewish people at a Pittsburgh synagogue — allegedly by an anti-Semitic, anti-Trump 46-year-old man.
Karl and other mainstream media reporters were also upset about Trump’s tweet Monday morning, which said, “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”
“The very first thing that the president did was condemn the attacks both in Pittsburgh and in the pipe bombs,” Sanders shot back. “The very first thing the media did was blame the president.”
A short while later in the turbulent briefing, CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta clashed with Sanders when he responded to Trump’s tweet by demanding, “Shouldn’t you reserve the term ‘enemy’ for people who are actually the enemy of the United States rather than journalists?”
Sanders responded, “The president is not referencing all media. He’s talking about the growing amount of fake news that exists in the country, and the president is calling that out.”
“Could you state for the record which outlets that you and the president regard as the enemy of the people?” Acosta insisted.
“I’m not going to walk through a list. Those individuals probably know who they are,” she slapped back with a small smirk.
“Would that include my outlet, which received a bomb last week?” Acosta glowered.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily specific to a broad generalization of a full outlet,” Sanders replied. “At times, I think there’s individuals the president would be referencing.”
But Acosta seemed to really want Sanders to name him specifically.
Continuing to interrupt other reporters who wanted to ask questions, he said, “If the president is going to say that the fake news media are the enemy of the people, and if you’re going to stand there and continue to say that there are some journalists, some news outlets in this country that meet that characterization, shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?”
He asked for it. So she gave it to him.
“I think it’s irresponsible of a news organization, like yours, to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president — not just blame the president, but blame members of his administration — for those heinous acts,” she shot back. “I think that’s outrageous and I think it’s irresponsible.”
In other words, the answer is: CNN.
Acosta tried to hog the briefing again, but Sanders scolded him by saying, “Jim, I’ve given you three questions” and telling the next reporter to go ahead.
Watch that heated exchange below: