August 9, 2018 at 1:17 pm EST | by Peter Rosenstein
Huckabee Sanders briefs the enemy
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, gay news, Washington Blade

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Since she wouldn’t agree the media are not the ‘enemy of the people’ you have to believe Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks she is regularly briefing the enemy from a podium in the White House. She clearly forgets she actually works for the people, we pay her salary. It is quite bizarre!

You have to wonder how far we have fallen for this to happen here in the United States of America. We are a country built by immigrants now trying to build a wall to keep them out. A country known for its free press now labeling them the enemy of the people. A nation once respected around the world now with a president consorting with our enemies and alienating our friends.

While I have my problems with the media of which I am a very small part it is crucial we maintain a free and robust press if our country is to thrive. Yes, there are problems and mistakes are made by even the most dedicated members of the press. Yet it is the press that keeps us informed and serves as a check on government.

The rise of 24-hour cable news, both left and right, has dumbed down the American public. Filling all that air time often involves endless repetition and a whole lot of nonsense spouted by a host of talking heads. Many of them seemingly having nothing much to say but keep talking to get paid.

Where once what were called clickbait headlines, a headline meant to grab attention, were limited to gossip pages today they are used by major news outlets like the Washington Post and New York Times to get online readers.

When it comes to cable channels clearly some are worse than others. Fox News is simply an echo chamber for the lies coming out of the White House. The Washington Post has documented more than 3,000 false or misleading claims made by Trump since he became president and we hear those same lies on Fox News. Then there is Morning Joe with Mica Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on MSNBC. They appear to be trying to make up for helping to elect Trump by attacking him, leading viewers to wonder: Who are the real Joe and Mica?

Things have become so weird the president’s press secretary is being defended by her daddy. Sarah’s father, Mike Huckabee, washed-up right-wing politician and pundit, tweeted an attack on a CNN reporter who aggressively questioned his daughter. Huckabee “derided little Jim Acosta,” a White House correspondent for CNN. In one tweet, Huckabee referred to his daughter as “the WINDSHIELD” and Acosta as “the BUG.” In another tweet, Huckabee wrote: “Jim Acosta suffers severe nose bleed from the elevation of his high horse. Taken to safe space and provided with Play Dough, a popsicle, pictures of a pony to color and a puppy.”

I would think Huckabee Sanders, supposedly a smart and professional woman, might want to tell her father his idiotic tweets demean her as much as anyone when he tries to defend her as if she were still a little girl needing his protection. But then we live in crazy times when it comes to all the families in the White House.

The reason Huckabee Sanders was questioned on this was because the president’s daughter in an interview had contradicted her father and along with saying the low point in the White House came when families were separated at the border, she opined she does not believe the media are the enemy of the people despite what her father said. Daddy then said he agreed with her for a few minutes in the afternoon saying it’s ‘fake news’ that is the enemy of the people. That lasted until he again changed his tune a few hours later at one of his outrageous rallies charging up the die-hard Trump supporters.

Huckabee Sanders, you missed an easy opportunity to sound like you aren’t a puppet on strings, being controlled by a deranged president on strings, controlled by Vladimir Putin.

 

Peter Rosenstein is a longtime LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.

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