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All three morning shows on Friday covered the surprising news that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be stepping down as press secretary, but only CBS got nasty and insisted that “many believe” Sanders committed a “disservice to her country” while working for the White House.
CBS This Morning reporter Paula Reid snidely offered quote marks, relating, “Yesterday, the President announced Sanders announced she would be leaving, her, quote, ‘service to her country.’” Reid got really personal, deriding, “But many believe she did a disservice to her country by amplifying some of the President's most controversial claims.”
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Who are the “many” that Reid is referencing? Do they work at CBS News? During one puzzling moment, Reid seemed to criticize the press secretary for simply doing her job: “Sanders frequently echoed the President's talking points.”
It’s not as though all journalists were interested in exposing the untruths and spin from Jay Carney when he was Barack Obama’s press secretary from 2011 to 2014. As the MRC’s Tim Graham noted, a study found that “Carney had somehow dodged reporters’ questions approximately 9,486 times.”
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On Friday, ABC and NBC’s morning shows managed to make many of the same points without getting personal. On Good Morning America, Jon Karl explained:
This is a big loss for the White House. He is not just losing a press secretary, he is losing one of his most fiercely loyal and longest serving advisers in the west wing. After nearly two years as White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders is moving on.
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He described, “Sanders was an unwavering defender of the president, though her credibility was sometimes called into question.... She was beloved by Trump supporters and despised by his enemies.”
Over on NBC’s Today, Peter Alexander called her “one of Trump’s most trued and loyal confidantes.” He added, “Sanders,...
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