Reporter Brian Karem recently took on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a confrontation over freedom of the press and her unfair claims about “fake news”.
Wednesday morning, Karem went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and told co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski he finally had enough of the White House mistreatment of reporters, reported Travis Gettys of Raw Story.
“We are bullied and browbeaten every day, and I pretty much have had enough of it,” Karem said. “There’s really only two ways to deal with a bully — turn them into your friend, (but) I don’t think that’s a possibility, or let them know exactly what’s up, and you’re not going to take the bullying anymore. We can’t take the bullying anymore. It’s undermining the Fourth Estate, it’s undermining the First Amendment.”
Karem explained the Trump administration’s bullying of media is an attack on freedom of the press, which is another attack on the constitution, and on democracy itself.
“The reporters I know in that room, even Breitbart, those people are responsible, for the government to sit there and undermine, essentially, what is an essential checks and balances in the system, it’s bit disheartening,” Karem said. “It’s unnerving. I can’t take it anymore, it’s nuts.”
Karem points out the Trump administration seems to be trying to control the media and what people are allowed to see and hear. If any media outlet opposes them, then the administration will call them fake news.
“What it speaks to is dissolving the independent media, and that’s what — it’s trying to co-opt the media, make us, if we don’t print what they want or broadcast what they like, we’re automatically fake media,” Karem said.
He also pointed out the immediate hypocrisy of Sanders when she suggested all Americans watch a video that promotes the Trump agenda, but she did not know if it was fake news…but everyone should watch it.
“What was funny, Sarah sat there (Tuesday) and asked to us look at a video, and she wasn’t even sure the video was vetted and was factual — but if factual, man, it was bad,” Karem said. “So you’re promoting, in essence, false media, and accusing the rest of us of being false media.”
Karem agreed with Scarborough that the attacks on the media were part of a premeditated strategy.
“It’s one of the few strategies i’ve seen from this White House, and it has been ongoing,” Karem said. “Look, I don’t lump everybody in with that. They’ve done some things that are incredibly open — adding Skype to their press briefings, bringing in members of the Cabinet for briefings — but at the same time when the president of the United States, even (Wednesday) morning, is tweeting out ‘fake media,’ and telling us we’re the enemy of the people. He’s enflaming the very people who got him in office. He’s speaking to his base, and he’s trying to undermine the very essence of what we do, and that’s not good for this republic, it’s not good for this country. It’s anathema, it’s got to be stopped and we have to stand up to it.”
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(Article By Jeremiah Jones)