Sanders won't dispute claim that media is 'enemy' of people

Trump Retweets Video of Supporters Chanting 'CNN Sucks' at Reporter Jim Acosta

Trump Retweets Video of Supporters Chanting 'CNN Sucks' at Reporter Jim Acosta

During a Wednesday press conference, Sanders answered a question about the president's support of 3D printed plastic guns by saying that the DOJ made a deal without Trump's approval.

The latest round of grandstanding came at this afternoon's White House briefing, which most actual journalists in the room treated as a chance to quiz high-ranking natsec officials about potential campaign meddling by Russian Federation this fall. "The press is not the enemy".

Coats also said that while Russian Federation is continuing to interfere in the U.S., other countries also have "an interest in trying to influence our domestic political environment".

"The media", Sanders said, "has attacked me personally on a number of occasions". "I wish that had not happen", Acosta said in reference to instances like the one at a Virginia restaurant when Sanders' party was asked to leave because of her work for the president.

Acosta had left the briefing before it ended, tweeting that he was "saddened" by his spar with Sanders.

And in a subsequent conversation with his CNN colleague Brooke Baldwin, Acosta, who was recently heckled at a Trump rally, said that "maybe all journalists should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue and chant, 'We are not the enemy of the people'". She then reminded Acosta that she is the first White House press secretary to require security protection, and brought up the press decision to use a comedian during the annual White House correspondents' dinner, Michelle Wolff, who dedicated a significant part of her set to jabbing at Sanders. "It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!". Are we to take it from what you just said, we all get put through the ringer, we all get put through the meat grinder in this town and you're not an exception, and I'm sorry that happened to you.

His attacks have drawn rebukes from free press advocates, human rights experts, professional journalism associations and the publisher of The New York Times, who said this week that he took Trump to task for "deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric" that is "not just divisive but increasingly dangerous" when the two met privately at the White House this month. And so, calling the media the enemy of the people is a lot like saying Mexico is sending rapists to the United States or declaring "I think Islam hates us".

The president regularly lashes out at news outlets and individual reporters, accusing them of spreading "fake news" his term for stories he dislikes.

American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan posted an Instagram video afterward, declaring: 'Many in the media are very upset after this briefing'.

Acosta was reporting live from a "Make America Great Again" rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Tuesday, where the journalist was called a variety of things, including "traitor" and "liar". That may not be news in Washington, D.C., but I can assure you that it's news in the state of Florida... "He's made statements clear".

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