Sarah Sanders: White House done 'making stars out of people that want to be contributors on CNN'

The Washington Times | 1/9/2019 | Staff
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NEW YORK — Following the apparent demise of the traditional afternoon briefing of reporters, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News Channel on Wednesday that any notion the Trump administration is not accessible to the press is “absolutely laughable.”

“I take questions from reporters every single day,” she said.

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Sanders‘ venue for the statement, the morning show “Fox & Friends,” was familiar. Since Dec. 18, the day of the last White House press briefing, she’s given eight television interviews - six of them on Fox News Channel, according to networks and the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America. She also appeared once on “CBS This Morning” and had a notably tough interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” which is seen on both the Fox broadcast and cable news network.

Sanders has been interviewed on “Fox & Friends,” the agenda-setting morning show popular with Trump supporters, on Dec. 21, Jan. 4, Jan. 9, Jan. 16 and Wednesday. On Tuesday night, she appeared on Sean Hannity’s prime-time show, according to Media Matters.

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President Donald Trump tweeted a day earlier that he had told Sanders not to bother with the afternoon briefing with White House reporters from all credentialed outlets because she has been treated rudely and inaccurately by the “fake news” media.

“We’re in the business of getting information to the American people, not making stars out of people that want to be contributors on CNN and that’s a lot of times what we see take place in the briefing room,” Sanders said. “We’re more than happy to take questions but we think that there should be a certain level of decorum and a certain level of honesty and responsibility that comes with that.”

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The White House Correspondents Association condemned the discontinuation of the afternoon briefing as a retreat from transparency and...
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