Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wasted no time in proving her critics' point.
Reporters defended press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from legitimate criticism during the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. And she repaid them hours later by scolding their colleague for doing his job.
When comedian Michelle Wolf devoted 90 seconds of her act to critiquing Sanders’ lies, reporters like The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman leapt to the press secretary’s defense.
But according to Haberman’s newspaper, Wolf’s jokes did not appear to faze Sanders. The Times reported reported that many journalists “approached Ms. Sanders in the Hilton ballroom to express sympathy in the immediate aftermath of Ms. Wolf’s monologue.” And at an NBC party later in the evening, “Ms. Sanders appeared in good spirits as reporters swarmed her.”
The paper further noted that she “even took time to chastise one journalist for asking a question at a news conference that she disliked.”
On Sunday morning, Yahoo! correspondent Hunter Walker confirmed he was the reporter Sanders scolded at the party.
“This was me!” Walker tweeted. “I was told Trump did not like me shouting about Stormy Daniels at the Baltics presser.”
During an April 3 press conference with Baltic leaders, Walker shouted, “Do you have any response to Stormy Daniels?”
Walker was referring to porn actress Stormy Daniels, whom Trump now acknowledges having participated in a deal with in order to secure her silence about their affair. Asking such a question may have been embarrassing for Trump and the United States, but it was Walker’s job to do so.
Sanders’ attack on Walker was completely in character for her, but it was still disturbing. As is the way reporters behaved toward her by “swarming” her at the party and offering sympathy over valid criticism.
Sanders’ penchant for lying is well-documented, and reporters should be calling out those lies, not defending or dismissing them. It is reporters like Hunter Walker, attacked just for doing their jobs, who deserve their sympathy.