On Friday’s edition of “The Lead,” CNN host Jake Tapper began by blasting the White House for barring certain media outlets from a press briefing.
“Let’s not make any mistake about what’s happening here. A White House that has had some difficulty telling the truth and that has seemed to have trouble getting up to speed on the basic competent functioning of government, and a president who seems particularly averse to any criticism and has called the press ‘the enemies of the American people.’”
Tapper went on to say that the Trump administration has taken the next large step in trying to completely evade both government accountability and checks and balances on executive power.
“It’s not acceptable. In fact, it’s petulant and indicative of lack of understanding for how an adult White House functions.”
In order to support his claim, Tapper cited a discussion with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer from December of 2016. During the discussion, Spicer said that he would never ban any media organization. Tapper also played a clip from Trump’s speech at CPAC where he attacked the media, calling it “fake, phoney, fake” news. The President was also vocal about pressuring the media to name their sources, saying that the media doesn’t have sources and instead makes up what they publish.
Tapper then launched an attack on the President’s claims.
“It’s just simply not true. So, don’t misunderstand what’s going on with that rhetoric and with today’s action banning various media outlets including CNN, the New York Times. This White House does not seem to respect the idea of accountability. This White House does not seem to value an independent press. There is a word for that line of thinking — it’s called un-American.”
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