White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question during the daily press briefing at the White House on Dec. 5.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) By James Warren · December 12, 2017 Will they ever admit mistakes, just like the press they pillory? In another Orwellian performance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fulminates about the press, aping her boss as she claims the media is “purposely putting out information that you know to be false.”
The president inveighs against CNN, ABC, The Washington Post, etc., amid high-profile slipups. Somebody might send them a copy of a Nov. 14 Post report by Glenn Kessler and colleagues, who updated their running tally of false or misleading claims by Donald Trump.
It was 1,628. They’ve not updated that since, but Kessler tells me he guesses there have been at least another 100 since. That may seem low but it does dovetail with a distinct irony as Trump and Sanders castigate the mainstream press: Trump never seems to correct his errors, unlike, well, the “Fake News” media routinely does.
It partly explains a droll effort by Jill Lawrence, commentary editor of USA Today, who imagines what it would be like if the White House Press Office, just like a quality news organization, actually systematically corrected errors. For example, you might get this: THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Statement by President Trump on his assertions about the tax bill he hopes to sign:” “‘I deeply regret and apologize for the serious factual error I made when I characterized my tax bill as the ‘biggest tax cut in U.S. history.’
In fact, credit for the largest tax cut would go to Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush. I was also wrong to say the bill is ‘not good for me.’ Read more from poynter.org…
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