By Samantha Grant
The Trump White House continues to intensify its war with the media.
On June 27th, the White House announced that the daily press briefings would be given visual and audio coverage, a common procedure in previous administrations, but a step forward for the current one. However, this development did not indicate a shift in the White House’s attitude towards the press. Although the briefing was publicly broadcast, as promised, it appeared that the reason behind this decision was to get out the message that the media reports “fake news.”
Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used every question asked as a platform to insult the media and scold journalists, claiming the media is dishonest. A specific example she brought up was the issue regarding CNN retracting a story on Trump in recent days:
“I think it’s the constant barrage of fake news directed at this president, probably, that has garnered a lot of his frustration,” said Sanders. “You point to that report. There are multiple other instances where that outlet you referenced has been repeatedly wrong and had to point that out or be corrected.”
By the end of the briefing it was clear: there would be no positive changes in the relationship between the White House and the media.