White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was not putting up with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Monday.
Sanders’ tense exchange with Acosta came after her criticism of The Washington Post’s David Weigel for his deceitful tweet that showed no one in attendance at President Donald Trump’s rally in Pensacola, Florida on Friday — when it was a packed-out crowd.
“There was nothing more than an individual trying to put their bias into their reporting and something that, frankly, has gotten a little bit out of control,” Sanders began. “We’ve seen it time and time again over the last couple of weeks. A number of outlets have had to retract and change and re-write and make editor’s notes to a number of different stories, some of them with major impacts, including moving markets. This is a big problem and we think it’s something that should be taken seriously.”
After she finished with her response, she called on Acosta, who has become notorious for his attention-seeking antics at press conferences.
“I would just say, Sarah, that journalists make honest mistakes and that doesn’t make them fake news, but the question that I have —” Acosta said.
That’s when the fireworks began.