One of the hosts of “The View”, Joy Behar felt sorry for White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for having to defend for President Donald Trump.
Sanders took over the role of press secretary after Sean Spicer resigned in July who ended his last day of office last August 31st. Not so long ago after she took office, she was immediately challenged into action.
It started when Sanders appeared on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday and got into a debate with the show’s hosts about President Donald Trump’s contentious relationship with the media.
The host Sara Haines asked, “The president has said he’s at war with the fake news media. We can agree that this hostile dynamic doesn’t serve the American people. What do you think is on the responsibility of the administration and people like yourself to help on your end to mend these fences?”
She answered: “I think going back you look at every administration and you’re always going to have a bit of friction between the press corps and the White House”. “We have seen that escalate in this administration. I think there is responsibility on both sides.”
“We have to be forthcoming, honest, that’s our obligation to the American people. But it’s also journalists’ obligation to present facts, not opinions,” she said. “It’s the American people’s ability to take those facts and decide where they want to come down on an issue.”
Haines argued that it is unfair to journalists to generalize all news media for individual offenses. “I think you need to say we read this article and that is problematic, because there are like thousands of us and we can only do our part individually,” she said.
Sanders responded: “I think that goes both ways. The media often characterizes all Republicans, all conservatives, all Democrats”.
That’s where the co-host Joy Behar joined the debate, accusing Trump of being a liar saying 95 percent of what he says is a lie.
Sanders disagreed saying, “The problem with that, Joy, is that you’re doing exactly what we’re talking about; you’re pushing a false narrative”. Then she clarified that “Ninety-five percent of what the president says is not a lie.”
Behar argued, “It’s from PolitiFact, from Politico. It’s not just the dreaded New York Times. It’s other outlets that say it, five percent of his statements are true. Five percent”.
“I feel for you, I feel sorry for you, that you have to go out and defend those lies every day,” Behar continued.
“What do you say to the American people when you have a boss that engages in untruths?” host Sunny Hostin asked.
“I know that is simply not accurate and I think that’s one of the dangers we have right now is we’re pushing so many false narratives every day,” Sanders said. “We’re creating false perceptions about the president. And, frankly, inhibiting his ability to succeed. I think America should want him to succeed. He is the president whether they voted for him or not, and I think we have to get behind him.”
— The View (@TheView) September 6, 2017