Does the media have an obligation to tell the truth? White House Press Cecretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says they absolutely do! I agree!
Sanders told CNN’s Jim Acosta, “You have a responsibility to tell the truth.”
The Hill reports:
Acosta, who has been a persistent critic of the administration, asked Sanders whether President Trump believes the First Amendment protecting free speech and press rights is as important as the Second Amendment, which enshrines protections for gun owners.
Sanders continued, “The president is an incredible advocate of the First Amendment. With the First amendment … with those freedoms also come responsibilities. You have a responsibility to tell the truth. To be accurate.”
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that the Senate Intelligence Committee should investigate “Fake News Networks” to see “why so much of our news is just made up.”
Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017
Sanders was pressed on whether the president believes the committee should investigate American media organizations.
When someone asked Sanders if Trump was serious about the investigation, she replied, “I don’t know that that’s the case.”
Sanders continued, “But I do think that we should call on all media to a higher standard. I think you have a lot of responsibility, and a lot of times false narratives create a bad environment, certainly aren’t helpful to the American people, and you have a responsibility to provide and report fair and accurate details. When we don’t, that’s I think troubling for all of us.”
Sanders pointed to a recent Pew Research study that found only 5 percent of news coverage of the Trump administration has been positive, a figure that is well below what the organization found for Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton.
She also touched on the fact that the media ignores positive stories and focuses on the negative. She added that “those are the issues the American people care about, not a lot of the things you cover, not a lot of the petty palace intrigue that you spend your time on.”