White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently appeared on ABC’s The View earlier this week. Tensions ran high when repeated attempts to foxhole Huckabee Sanders failed.
It started when Joy Behar looked at Huckabee Sanders and told her that she “feels sorry for” her speaking for the president because President Trump lies 95 percent of the time, according to her figures from Politifact. The only problem is that Behar’s statement isn’t true. Huckabee Sanders then went on to explain that it is these types of false media narratives that “inhibit[s] the president’s ability to succeed…his success is America’s success.”
— The View (@TheView) September 6, 2017
As you can imagine, this was not received well by Behar, the dramatic Whoopi Goldberg, and part of the audience. Instead of rising to the debate, Behar just reiterated that she felt sorry for Huckabee Sanders.
Behar was referencing the report from the Left-leaning Politico which stated that 95 out of 158 claims were “false” or “pants on fire,” not 95 percent. Again, this was just an attempt to push a false narrative that is not based in reality but simply seemed to make Behar feel like she was justified in her statements.
“The problem with that, Joy, is that you are doing exactly what we are talking about and pushing a false narrative,” Huckabee Sanders sternly replied. This is not the first time the new White House press secretary called out the media pushing false stories.
After Huckabee Sanders stated that we need to stand behind President Trump because “his success is America’s success,” Goldberg interjected and said she agreed.
However, after agreeing she then backtracked and stated that the country needs someone in the White House who “recognizes what the truth is.” The problem with that statement is that it seems Goldberg’s idea of the truth is not facts, but instead, her opinions and what she agrees with.
The debates continued when host Sara Haines asked Huckabee Sanders what she thinks about the president’s war against fake news. “We can agree that this hostile dynamic doesn’t serve the American people,” Haines stated.
She then went on to ask Huckabee Sanders if she thinks the administration has any kind of “responsibility” in all of this. Haines skirted right around the concept that the media might have the lion’s share of the culpability in the friction.
Huckabee Sanders stood firm and shot back, “We have to be forthcoming, honest, that’s our obligation to the American people. But it’s also journalists’ obligation to present facts, not opinions.”
She went on to explain that the facts are important so that the American people can take the information given to them and form an opinion on the issue. Huckabee Sanders brought forth a valid point: opinions would only alter the average person’s view of a subject.
At that point, Haines seemed to have lost her train of thought and stated that there are thousands of journalists and “we can only do our part individually.” While Haines is right, it still does not negate personal responsibility when someone makes a mistake, or blatantly lies for ratings. At the end of the day, people need to be held accountable for what they say and what they do–especially journalists.