Thing we learned from the last White House Correspondents' Association Dinner: telling the truth is offensive to Trump's shills.
Schlapp repeated the lie that comedian Michelle Wolf mocked Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ looks, but said he was also offended by another issue.
“We have big political disagreements in this country,” Schlapp said. “And I think it’s wrong for journalists to take that next step.”
“Granted, [Michelle Wolf]’s a comedian, but plenty of journalists do it as well,” he said. “They take the next step. Just present the facts, let the American people decide if they think someone is lying. The journalist shouldn’t be the one to say that the president or his spokesperson is lying.”
Schlapp’s declaration that journalists shouldn’t call out lies might have sounded shocking in another era, but it has been a long-term project of Trump and his enablers to render facts meaningless.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s first official act on the job was to scream lies at the press, lies which Kellyanne Conway then rebranded as “alternative facts.” And on that first weekend of the Trump administration, both Spicer and Conway threatened the press over calling them out.
And just this month, Mercedes Schlapp had to make an appearance on Fox News in order to clean up a string of Trump lies about the firing of VA Secretary David Shulkin. It’s little wonder that Trump’s minions would like to reduce matters of truth to mere “disagreements.”