As Twitchy told you last night, President Trump signing autographs overseas for U.S. military personnel had the journos at CNN spotting potential rule violations:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 27, 2018
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was the latest in a long line of people rolling their eyes at CNN:
CNN will attack anyone who supports President Trump, including the brave men and women of our military who fight everyday to protect our freedom https://t.co/x6VjuUJFdF
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 27, 2018
And just like that, blue check journos and others were appalled by another criticism of the press:
I'd love to know how reporting the fact that a particular activity may have violated DoD rules is an "attack" on anyone. If anything, this tweet by Sanders is a continuation of the White House's constant attacks on the free press. https://t.co/kLjsnKbWXE
— Matt McClure (@mattjmcclure) December 27, 2018
No, Sarah. That’s not an “attack.” It’s a story about how your boss (like you and other White House staffers who’ve repeatedly violated the Hatch Act) has absolutely no compunctions about violating laws and regulations meant to ensure a nonpartisan military and civil service.
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) December 27, 2018
How dare you try to drag the troops into this craven stunt by your criminal boss? You’re a filthy disgusting criminal yourself. Wait til you find out the obstruction of justice you committed comes with prison time!
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) December 27, 2018
— Matt Small (@newsmatt) December 27, 2018
Informing the American people about your Administration’s frequent and unprecedented violations of the rule of law is not “attacking” – it is “reporting.”
— Benjamin Byron Davis (@Tooda) December 27, 2018
Burt it's okay for the president to lie to them about a pay raise? https://t.co/gZ2N011kix
— Jonathan Landay (@JonathanLanday) December 27, 2018
The Trump White House will attack any journalist that dares to report inconvenient facts. https://t.co/E7z1p9ZAqZ
— Chris Bury (@ChrisBuryNews) December 27, 2018
Everyone is reporting this, not just CNN, because it is a violation. https://t.co/YTN2niZfqJ
— Rachel King (@rachelking) December 27, 2018
The media didn’t always get so worked up about a president or first lady signing autographs for troops:
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) December 27, 2018
But that was then, this is now.