Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday takes on the duty of establishment media shark in grilling Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on the question of the size of the crowd at Friday’s inauguration and the dismissing of the reports by Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
In laying the foundation for his argument that the White House is behaving in a petty and untruthful manner, Wallace plays a clip of Sean Spicer’s press briefing. Spicer chastised the press for having an agenda, refusing to cover the fact that Mr. Trump has only been able to get two of his nominees confirmed and instead are broadcasting negative reports about the MLK bust being removed and crowd size.
Priebus says the current argument is not about crowd size but the underlying problem of a lack of honesty in the media. He says, “The media from day one has been talking about the Russians, talking about everything you can imagine except for the fact that we need to move this country forward.”
He notes the “explosive” nature of an accusation that Trump would have removed the MLK bust from the Oval Office “which could have had incredible ramifications, given the history of the press on this subject matter.” He notes that happened in “hour 3” of the Trump administration, followed the next morning with the bogus story about the crowd size. He notes that later on the New York Times published a picture that showed the mall full of people, much different than what was claimed by the media earlier.
Wallace shows Priebus side by side photos of the crowds from Obama in 2009 and Mr. Trump’s first inauguration, asking, “Which one is bigger?” Priebus responds, “Listen, you’re also not saying that that picture was taken before he was even speaking.” Wallace counters with “I was there,” to which Priebus replies, “I was there too, Chris.” Wallace says he thinks it’s a ridiculous conversation, with both men then arguing their views from their personal experiences of being there. Wallace never attempted to refute the legitimacy of the New York Times photo, preferring to argue based upon the standard of proof of what he saw.
Wallace becomes quite adversarial, saying, “put up the picture again” to his production people, with a smug look. Priebus explains the concept of comparing apples to apples and of the effect timing has on the crowds that are reflected. He says he could go out there at that time and take a picture, it too would be misleading.
He makes a reference to the pool reporter who tweeted out that the MLK bust had been removed when it hadn’t and makes the assertion that there is an obsession by the media to delegitimize President Trump. Priebus warns, “We are not going to sit around and let it happen. We are going to fight back, tooth and nail, every day and twice on Sunday.”
The fake news of the establishment propagandists, the media liars, isn’t going to be allowed to pass as truth unchallenged. The propagandists want to bully the administration into throwing up their hands and letting them get away with it. Clearly the intention on the part of the Trump administration is to expose their wrongdoing and provide consequences. Wallace may want to watch his step. That’s not the right side to be on.
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