(Right Country) – ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl attempted to scorch White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany in an op-ed on Monday, slamming her briefings as “political shows” rather than opportunities for the press to cover the administration.
Karl, who penned an antagonistic book about the Trump show, called “Front Row at the Trump Show,” whined in his piece, published in the Washington Post, that McEnany regularly scolds “the media” and that she wouldn’t directly answer a question about the president’s criticisms of NASCAR.
“I believe very firmly that the White House press secretary is a public servant, his or her salary paid for by the taxpayers, has a job to inform the public by informing the reporters that the public uses to get information,” Karl said, explaining that he has covered four different presidents and roughly 14 different press secretaries.
“Of course the press secretary serves at the pleasure of the president, but this is a different job,” Karl said. “She’s not the spokesperson for a campaign, she’s not the spokesperson for a political party, she’s the spokesperson for the executive branch of the federal government of the United States.
“It is a different job, it is not a purely political job and those briefings have begun to look purely political,” Karl said.
This long-winded complaint underscores just how much McEnany gets under the media’s skin, which is not unlike how her boss does the same.
As BizPac Review explains:
Indeed, McEnany’s contentious relationship with the press has involved some occasions where she has chastised reporters for focusing on what she believes are inane, unimportant subjects most Americans don’t care about.
Like NASCAR and the issue of whether or not the Confederate flag should have been banned.
Last week, after reporters — including Karl — continually pressed her on tweets President Trump wrote blasting the decision by NASCAR and suggesting its lone black Cup driver, Bubba Wallace, apologize for helping to perpetuate a noose “hoax,” McEnany pushed back.
“I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate Flag. This president is focused on action. I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths this weekend. I didn’t receive one question about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week, and over the last seven days, shootings skyrocket by 142 percent. Not one question,” she said.
In perhaps one of the most outrageous examples of just how little the press takes their end of the bargain seriously in the press room, Politico’s Ryan Lizza, asked McEnany if President Trump was glad the South lost the Civil War.
“Well, your first question is absolutely absurd. He’s proud of the United States of America,” McEnany quite rightly admonished him.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) June 29, 2020
Last month, McEnany went head-to-head with CNN’s notoriously absurd Jim Acosta for asking more absurd questions.
“Last night, the president tweeted out some fake videos, one of which was labeled ‘manipulated media’ by Twitter,” Acosta began at Friday’s White House press briefing.
“Why is the president sharing fake videos on Twitter about two toddlers who are obviously showing a lot of love for one another? It seems as though he is exploiting children to make some sort of point,” he asked.
The tweet he was referring to contained a meme from Carpe Donktum which was highlighted the media’s hysterical coverage of the president.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 19, 2020
Twitter, which has been targeting the president with unprecedented “fact-checking” stunts on the president’s tweet, flagged this RT as “manipulated media.”
“He was making a point about CNN specifically,” McEnany replied in reference to the fake news network’s history of making laughably false claims about the president and their constant stream of negative coverage.
“He was making a point that CNN has regularly taken him out of context,” she continued. “That in 2019, CNN misleadingly aired a clip from one viewpoint repeatedly, to falsely accuse the Covington boys of being ‘Students in MAGA gear harassing a Native American elder.’”
McEnany didn’t back down when Acosta continued to interrupt her.
“You got to let me finish, Jim, this isn’t a cable news segment. I’m answering your question right now from the White House podium,” she quipped.