According to the Mueller report, Sarah Sanders admitted to having no basis for her claims before the press that “countless” FBI agents had lost faith in James Comey. A lot of people who didn’t bat an eye when Robert Gibbs, Jay Carney, and Josh Earnest stood at the podium and lied through their teeth are suddenly outraged that a White House press secretary would be less than forthright with the truth. We yearn for the days when lying was wrong no matter which letter the liar had after their name.
Well anyway, New York Magazine went after Sanders again today, accusing her of lying about reporter April Ryan’s comment about “lopping the heads off” of Trump staffers, a comment Ryan made immediately after calling for Sanders to be fired.
Sarah Sanders was asked about a reporter who called for her to be fired for lying. Naturally, Sanders lied in her response https://t.co/Wg2qYw2tFT
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) April 22, 2019
We can certainly argue back and forth about whether Ryan’s comments constituted a threat or just another in a long line of petty and tasteless swipes. What we can’t argue about is whether or not Brian Stelter is in any position to be passing judgment on someone “purposefully mischaracterizing” anything:
The press secretary "is purposefully mischaracterizing a figure of speech." https://t.co/tBfdwVMO8W
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 22, 2019
Mischaracterizing a figure of speech seems like a far lesser offense than, say, inviting an ignorant, emotionally driven gun control activist on your ostensible Sunday “news” show and allowing him to lie repeatedly without correcting the record for your audience. Stelter and his CNN colleagues regularly mischaracterize not just figures of speech, but actual reality in order to advance false narratives.
And you of all people are calling out someone for mischaracterizg ?? Blahahaha!! pic.twitter.com/sbwg08P8Ac
— Dave (@jdavebrinkley) April 22, 2019
She’s almost dishonest enough to host a Sunday show on cnn….ALMOST
— WildViking (@WildViking2) April 22, 2019
Meanwhile, is there any doubt that Brian would be flipping his lid if Sanders had even sarcastically suggested that journalists trafficking in fake news should get their heads lopped off?
You are purposefully mischaracterizing a double standard
— Mr. McMexican (@BoyZilian1) April 22, 2019
You do that for a living. Yet, you call her out. Sad
— Gary Morris ?? ?? ?? ?? (@shuriwud2) April 22, 2019
Parting advice for Brian:
Sit this one out, Chief
— Easter worshipper (@Primary_Debate) April 22, 2019
Just play it safe and sit all of them out.