Hypocrites! CNN, MSNBC Complain About Lack of Press Briefings....Then Choose Not to Air It

NewsBusters | 1/28/2019 | Staff
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On Monday, the White House held its first press briefing in 41 days, a stat passed around the press about how it was the longest span between briefings since cameras were brought in during the Clinton administration.

Despite this kvetching, CNN and MSNBC chose not to air a single second of the briefing live, which included an announcement of new Venezuela sanctions plus questions for National Security Adviser John Bolton, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Council of Economic Advisers head Larry Kudlow and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Briefing - Pm - Eastern - Fox - News

The briefing began at 3:33 p.m. Eastern and the Fox News Channel immediately went to it during Shepherd Smith Reporting and Your World, but CNN Newsroom aired two tape-delayed soundbites on the Venezuela sanctions before moving on.

Host Brooke Baldwin plowed ahead after the first soundbite by bringing on Jeffrey Sachs to complain about the murderous Maduro regime losing worldwide legitimacy, plus senior diplomatic correspondent Michelle Kosinski for more analysis.

Q - A - Portion - Sarah - Sanders

“We're waiting for the Q and A portion with Sarah Sanders. That's happening as right-wing media blasts the president for his deal to temporarily end the shutdown and his longtime associate Roger Stone gets ready to be arraigned tomorrow. We'll take that live,” Baldwin insisted. Turns out, that was a lie.

To cap off the hour, Baldwin brought on Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr to discuss Venezuela before Baldwin herself touted the results from Sunday’s SAG Awards, and then a quick comment from corespondent Manu Raju about negotiations for a border wall.

CNN - Lead - Jake - Tapper - CNN

On CNN’s The Lead, host Jake Tapper initially was more intrigued by the upcoming CNN town hall with media darling and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Minus teases, Tapper acknowledged the briefing at 4:16 p.m. Eastern in teeing up a piece from White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins that included two bites from Sanders.

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