Add this one to the pile of anti-media remarks that have come out of the White House over the past nine months.
In Wednesday’s briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked by NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander to identify a flaw in President Trump: “Yesterday from that podium, you said ‘All of our leaders have flaws — Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Kennedy.’ What are President Trump’s flaws?”
Without much hesitation, Sanders replied, “Probably that he has to deal with you guys on a daily basis.”
No, not right, countered Alexander as he pointed out that Trump actually doesn’t have to deal with the media on a daily basis. “Most every day, actually,” protested Sanders. Pressed again to specify an actual flaw in Trump, Sanders deflected, “I just gave you one.”
As she jousted with Alexander, Sanders betrayed a bit of amusement with her wisecrack. It didn’t matter that she was specifying an occasional duty, not a flaw. For if she had identified a flaw, she may well not have been allowed to return for another briefing. In a White House where facts have never mattered, there’s no need to recognize the distinction between an occasional presidential duty and a presidential flaw. Just knock the media and keep going, as if the campaign were still underway.