CNN has already produced over 30 stories on Omarosa Manigualt-Newman’s click-baity accusations against her former boss Donald Trump for obvious reasons, and the network doesn’t show any signs of letting up anytime soon. Along with getting called out for its new-found obsession with Omarosa, Trump’s favorite network to hate on is getting pushback for its coverage of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ response to a gotcha question on the alleged “N-word” tape.
When Sanders was asked if she could “guarantee” that the American people will “never hear Donald Trump utter the N-word on a recording in any context,” Sanders said the only reasonable thing a reasonable person could say: “I can’t guarantee anything,” then went on to point to the fact that Trump already denied the claims by Omarosa. Here’s the moment (starts at the 22 second-mark):
Notice CNN’s chyron after Sanders’ response: “WH: ‘CANNOT GUARANTEE’ TAPE WON’T REVEAL TRUMP USING N-WORD.”
While Trump critics loved CNN’s coverage, others wouldn’t let the misleading partial quote stand (h/t Twitchy):
Others, even some who seem sympathetic to CNN, noted that asking anyone to “guarantee” something like this is absurd on its face:
Darcy noted that CNN wasn’t alone in presenting Sanders’ words in a misleading way; MSNBC and even Fox News did something similar:
As the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reported Tuesday, Sanders responded to the press’s flood of questions on Omarosa in her usual unflinching mode.
Asked why Trump wouldn’t just “ignore” Omarosa’s claims, Sanders replied, “Frankly I think most of America would be happy to ignore it but unfortunately the individuals in this room continue to create a large platform for somebody they know not to have a lot of credibility, for someone they frankly refused to give a platform to when they worked here at the White House. It wasn’t until this individual started to negatively attack this president and this administration and tried to tear this entire place down that she received the type of platform and roll out that she’s getting.”