Sarah Sanders: Freedom of press isn’t freedom to be rude


♪ ♪>>A FEDERAL JUDGE WHO YOU APPOINTED HAS JUST RULED THAT YOU MUST GIVE CNN REPORTER JOHN ACOSTA HIS PRESS PASS BACK. YOUR REACTION TO THE RULING?>>IT’S FINE. IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL. WHAT THEY SAID THOUGH IS THAT WE HAVE TO CREATE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR CONDUCT, ET CETERA. WE’RE DOING THAT. WE’RE GOING TO WRITE IT UP RIGHT NOW. IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL. IF HE MISBEHAVES, WE’LL THROW HIM OUT OR STOP THE NEWS CONFERENCE. IF I THINK SOMEBODY’S ACTING OUT OF SORTS, I WILL LEAVE. I’LL SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYBODY. I APPRECIATE YOU COMING. AND I’LL LEAVE. AND THOSE REPORTERS WILL NOT BE TOO FRIENDLY TO WHOEVER IT IS THAT’S ACTING UP.>>THAT WAS PRESIDENT TRUMP DURING AN INTERVIEW THAT WILL AIR IN FULL ON FOX NEWS SUNDAY WITH CHRIS WALLACE. CNN REPORTER ACOSTA HAS REGAINED ACCESS TO THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT THE ADMINISTRATION IS EXPECTED TO ADDRESS REPORTER CONDUCT WITH NEW REGULATIONS. JOINING US NOW IS SARAH SANDERS. SO ONE OF THE STATEMENTS THAT CAME OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY WAS A STATEMENT FROM YOU THAT INDICATED THAT THERE WERE RULES BEING DEVELOPED AND A PROTOCOL BEING DEVELOPED. WHEN WILL WE EXPECT TO SEE WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE?>>WELL, I THINK THE BIGGEST THING TO TAKE AWAY IS — AND THE PLACE THAT WE FOCUSED ON IS EXACTLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID. WE SUPPORT A FREE PRESS, BUT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS DOESN’T MEAN FREEDOM TO BE DISRUPTIVE, RUDE, INTERCEPT, AND IMPEDE THE ABILITY OF THE COLLEAGUES FROM ACTUALLY BEING ABLE TO DO THEIR JOBS, AS WELL AS WHITE HOUSE STAFF BEING ABLE TO DO THEIRS. WE’VE LAID OUT IN A LETTER TO CNN AND THEIR TEAM WHAT WE THINK WERE SOME OF THE MISSTEPS THAT THEIR REPORTER MADE AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE ON NOVEMBER 7TH IN A LETTER THAT WE SENT THEM TONIGHT. AND WE EXPECT TO SEE A RESPONSE FROM THAT. THE JUDGE I THINK WAS ACTUALLY VERY CLEAR THAT THE WHITE HOUSE HAS THE ABILITY TO SAY, YOU CAN’T COME IN. YOU DON’T HAVE — FREEDOM OF THE PRESS DOESN’T MEAN FREEDOM INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. AND HE SAID THERE HAS TO BE DUE PROCESS. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING AND WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS FROM THERE.>>IT WAS A FIFTH AMENDMENT RULING. HE NEVER SAID THAT CNN HAD BEEN DENIED THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THEY CAN SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT. THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE WHITE HOUSE HAS NEVER SAID, HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN’T SAY.>>THEY ALSO HAVE 50-PLUS ADDITIONAL PEOPLE THAT ARE HARD PASS OLDERS AT CNN. THEY ACTUALLY ARE ONE OF THE INDIVIDUAL OUTLETS THAT HAS THE MOST HARD PASSES OF ANY NEWS OUTLET IN THE COUNTRY IS CNN. THEY’RE ONE OF THE TOP THREE. SO THE IDEA THAT THEY AREN’T ABLE TO GET INFORMATION THEY NEED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE IS FRANEDLY LAUGHABLE.>>HOW MANY SEATS ARE IN THAT TRESS PRESS ROOM?>>49 SEATS.>>WHO GETS TO DECIDE WHOSE REAR ENDS OCCUPY 49 SEATS AND HOW COME THEY GET THEM AND THOUSANDS OF OTHERS NEVER DO?>>WE WORK WITH THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION. THEY ARE THE PRIMARY PEOPLE WHO HELP DETERMINE WHO THOSE SEATS BELONG TO.>>DO THEY GET TO PICK THEM OR CAN YOU SAY, OKAY, ON THIS NEXT THURSDAY WE’RE GOING TO HAVE JOURNALISTS FROM ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY EXCEPT WASHINGTON.>>THE ASSOCIATION DETERMINES WHO SITS IN THAT ROOM.>>THAT’S TRADITION. IT’S NOT LAW. ? TRUE.>>AND SO IF THERE WAS A DESIRE TO GIVE OTHER JOURNALISTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT, BECAUSE I THINK SOME PEOPLE SEE THESE SAME FOLKS IN THERE EVERY DAY AND THEY SAY, HOW COME THEY GET TO DO IT? I’M SURE THERE’S BROADCASTERS WHO WOULD LOVE TO ASK THE PRESIDENT QUESTIONS.>>I THINK THAT’S CERTAINLY AN OPTION TO EXPLORE AND MAYBE WE WILL IN THIS WHITE HOUSE. I KNOW THE PRESIDENT IS ONE OF THE MOST ACCESSIBLE PRESIDENTS PROBABLY EVER BUT CERTAINLY IN MODERN HISTORY. HE’S TAKEN IN THE LAST SIX WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE MIDTERMS HE TOOK 300 TIMES THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS THAN EITHER OF HIS PREDECESSORS. THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS TO PRETEND HE DOESN’T SUPPORT THE PRESS. HE’S SOMEBODY WHO LOVES TO ENGAGE WITH THE PRESS.>>WE’VE NOTICED THAT. WE HAVE.>>AND THAT’S BECAUSE HE LOVES TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE NEVER WANT TO PROHIBIT THAT FROM TAKING PLACE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THOSE INDIVIDUALS CAN’T BE DISRUPTIVE. THEY CAN’T IMPEDE THE ABILITY OF ANY INDIVIDUAL TO DO THEIR JOBS.>>SO WHEN MIGHT WE SEE THE RULES OR THE REQUIREMENTS, THE PROTOCOL? YOU’VE SAID YOU SENT THE LETTER TO CNN TONIGHT. IS THAT GOING TO BE IN A FEW DAYS, FEW WEEKS?>>WE’LL WORK WITH OUR TEAM ON THAT AND CERTAINLY MOVING INTO THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WE’LL SEE HOW LONG THAT PROCESS TAKES, BUT I THINK THERE ARE SOME JUST STANDARD PRACTICES. LOOK, I THINK THE VERY BASIC MINIMUM IS THAT IF CERTAIN REPORTERS LIKE JIM ACOSTA CAN’T BE ADULTS, THEN CNN NEEDS TO SEND SOMEBODY IN THERE WHO CAN BE.>>IF HE ASKED THREE QUESTIONS WHEN HE WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO ASK ONE, DOES THAT MAKE THE REPORTERS TICKED OFF?>>I’LL LEAVE THAT TO THEM. BUT CERTAINLY PRIVATELY A NUMBER OF THEM HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR DISPLEASURE WITH THE FACT OF HIS GRANDSTANDING AND THE POSITION THAT HE OFTEN PUTS A LOT OF THEM IN. AND IT’S CERTAINLY NOT SOMETHING THEY WANT TO CELEBRATE NOR DEFEND.>>LET’S MOVE TO TOMORROW. YOU’LL BE LOOKING AT HORRIFIC SCENES, WORST FIRES IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY. 63 KNOWN DEAD, 600 UNACCOUNTED FOR. WHAT WILL THE PRESIDENT HOPE TO SAY TOMORROW?>>I THINK THE SIMPLEST MESSAGE IS THAT WE’RE HERE. WE’RE THERE FOR YOU. WE WILL DO ANY AND EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROVIDE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES. HE CONVEYED THAT I KNOW IN A CALL TO GOVERNOR BROWN EARLIER THIS WEEK. HE’LL BE JOINING US WHEN WE GET TO CALIFORNIA TOMORROW. I THINK THIS WILL ACTUALLY PROBABLY BE ONE OF THE HARDER DAYS THAT WE’VE HAD IN THE TWO YEARS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, NOT ONLY VISITING WITH THE HORRIFIC AND SEEING THE SCENES OF THE HORRIFIC WILDFIRES THAT HAVE RAVAGED CALIFORNIA, BUT ALSO TALKING WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE AND THE FAMILIES THAT WERE IMPACTED BY THE SHOOTING THERE NOT TOO LONG AGO. IT’S GOING TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT AND EMOTIONAL DAY, AND I THINK THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY WILL BE THE PRESIDENT SAYING, WE’RE HERE. AND THANFULLY THE PRESIDENT’S GOT BIG SHOULDERS AND I THINK HE’S GOING TO GO THERE TO OFFER THEM UP TO PEOPLE THAT NEED THEM.>>WE’VE ONLY GOT A MINUTE AND A HALF LEFT, BUT I WANT TO COVER THIS BECAUSE I DIDN’T SEE A LOT IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA. YOU HAD PEOPLE THAT REALLY RANGED THE FULL SPECTRUM. I WAS INVOLVED IN THIS. ONE OF THE COMMITTEES TO HELP TRAP SOME OF THE POLICY BASED ON MY OWN EXPERIENCES. THIS WAS HUGE. THIS WAS MAJOR. GIVE ME A SYNOPSIS OF WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES THAT THE PRESIDENT PUSHED THIS WEEK.>>WELL, I THINK ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS IS IT BRINGS THE COUNTRY TOGETHER. IT’S A BIPARTISAN, AND AREA WHERE REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, EVERYONE CAN COME TOGETHER AND AGREE THAT THIS IS A GOOD THING TO SHOW A LITTLE GRACE AND A LITTLE MERCY IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. SOMETHING THAT HASN’T BEEN DONE IN A LONG TIME. WE’VE HAD DECADES’ WORTH OF BAD DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY PLACED PEOPLE AND REALLY I THINK LONGER SENTENCES THAN THEY DESERVED, NOT ALLOWED PEOPLE TO HAVE A LIFE AFTER PRISON. AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE PRESIDENT, VERY IMPORTANT TO JARED KUSHNER, WHO’S DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB IN HELPING DEVELOP AND REALLY WORK THIS. THIS ISN’T SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT. I THINK YOU SAW A LITTLE BIT OF THE CULMINATION OF THAT.>>HE SHOULD GET THE CREDIT FOR THAT AND I HOPE HE WILL. 30 SECONDS AND THAT’S ALL WE’VE GOT. EARLIER TAMMY BRUCE SAID SARAH SANDERS IS GOING TO BE LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE. IS THERE SOMETHING YOU NEED TO TELL YOUR DAD?>>I HOPE NOT, NOT THAT I’M AWARE OF, NO.>>AND I TOLD HER, I SAID, WELL, GEE, MAYBE YOU KNOW SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW.>>I THINK IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PRIVILEGES AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITIES OF MY LIFE TO SERVE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE SUCCESSES THAT HE’S HAD IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS. I THINK HE’S GOING TO HAVE A LOT MORE OVER THE NEXT SIX.>>WILL THERE BE OTHER PEOPLE THOUGH THAT WILL TRANSITION OUT?>>EVERY ADMINISTRATION HAS TURNOVER PARTICULARLY AFTER THE MIDTERMS. MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE THE STAMINA THE PRESIDENT DOES. I OFTEN SAY, I DON’T KNOW HOW HE’S NOT TIRED BECAUSE THE REST OF US CERTAINLY ARE. AND THAT’S NOT NEW FOR ANY ADMINISTRATION THAT YOU’LL HAVE SOME PEOPLE THAT WILL CHANGE OVER. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THE PRESIDENT’S GOT AN INCREDIBLY DEDICATED TEAM THAT WANTS TO CONTINUE TO SEE THE COUNTRY MOVE FORWARD AND WE WANT TO SEE YOU THE UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP.>>IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO IT,

100 thoughts on “Sarah Sanders: Freedom of press isn’t freedom to be rude

  • If you’re gonna create any boundaries concerning ethics, you may want to keep in mind that ethics concerns the behavior of the White House just as it does the press. Trump was interrupting reporters as well, not just vice versa. Not to mention he also made a personal attack.

  • Yes it is! The freedom of the press allows for the offence of an honest question that you're unable to answer honestly. Your misstep was not not being able to answer the question! He sought the definition of the meaning of Invasion from the President, Where's the caravan. He's a pathological liar. Great to see him in ''Pleasure'' 'Rack America Great Again'

  • The tone is set from the top down at the White House. Trump is rude to the reporters and he likes a combative environment so that's exactly what he is getting.

  • Don't call on Acosta. Don't acknowledge his shouted-out questions. There are plenty of credible journalists at the back of the room who don't seem to get consideration because they are too polite to push, shove and shout out questions. Gotta love it when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov scolded US reporter Andrea Mitchell for shouting out a question just before the start of a protocol meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, by saying" Who gave you your manners!"

  • Aside from the fact this is a father daughter exchange, it is profoundly professionally done. Bravo to both of you. Sarah, you have the toughest job in the USA right now, and do it very well.

  • Rudeness??? The president of rude, crude, and insults? With followers who cheer and scream at thoughts of cruelty, and degradation. OMG such delusional idiots.

  • Give me ten minutes with jim acosta and I will punch his fukin teeth down his throat. He will be chewin steak through his ass hole.

  • Since these dishonest criminals in the Trump administration can not act like adults (tell the truth, don't use personal insults, etc), we should get a new Presidential administration…. one that might, even accidentally, do something right for the country. The Trumps and the Repubs are incapable of accomplishing this.

  • "Rules of Protocol," what a joke. Trump purposely misspells congressman's Schiff's name as "schitt," makes fun of handicapped people, says Maxine Waters is "low IQ," etc. I could go on. Sorry, you can't have it both ways, Sarah.

  • Good for Her. Now if we could get everyone to behave and treat each other with Respect and be honest with each other, then the country (and the world) would be a much better place.

  • Sander as hired & paid to the BEST of her knowledge & capability with Strength ,Courage power ,against BlueBaller to like of Acosta , etc..

  • Government and Press in bed together is the real collusion and threat to American Democracy. Press needs to question and keep government in check, not pander to it. Huckabees are a disgrace.

  • Sarah Sanders is totally hypocritical. Trump verbally insulted acosta in front of everyone, deliberately, regarding his professional ability as a journalist despite the fact he has won many journalist awards for his excellence as a journalist and his articles.. Trump deliberately did that thinking of would affect his job prospects. Trump is nothing but a sick psycopath ego must be impeached, and HELL is coming from the democrat MAJORITY, Congress!!!!! HELL IS COMING!!!!

  • Why the hell don't the other reporters in the room tell Acosta to sit down and shut up so they can have a turn? I would love to see THEM start to heckle HIM. "Hey Jim, sit the eff down and STFU!"

  • This ugly Marie Osmond has her nerve! "Isn't freedom to be rude"? Tell that to your Cheeto in Chief!
    He set the standard. She's as much of a liar as Herr Trump and she disgusts me.

    She (nor her boss) can change the rules for the Press. They lose! Now eat some humble pie you sow!

  • Interesting change of name in the chiron…

    Male Huckabee mentioned a connection early on, most Fox viewers may well know the relationship, but they still remove Huckabee from her name in this instance.

    Hard hitting interview…

  • Being the president of the United States is not a blank check to disrespect anyone who disagrees with your agenda. Trump is the epitomy of rude. Let's try and clean up the stench in the White House before crying about the press. Sanders is nothing more than a lying Trump stooge. How about that altered video that she tried to pass off as a record of Acosta's interaction with the White House aide? Pathetic!!

  • Acosta is such an asshole, and everyone knows it. He tries to make every press conference the 'Jim Acosta Show', and he tries to take up most of the questioning time so in the end the conference is all about Jim Acosta. I don't understand why his colleagues do not kick this guy in the ass for taking up all the time and making a fool of himself so he can be the center of attention.

  • If you think you going to talk to me like Anyway You Want and I'm not going to speak up for myself you got one thing coming. That's what Jim Acosta did to the president. And say zombies because y'all act like you all didn't see Trump start that from the get-go, he was itching for it.

  • She is soo good at sounding like a normal nice lady, but the fact that she tweeted that sped up video where she accused Jim Acosta of putting his hands on the female intern shows how deceptive she can be. Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace

  • No one is more rude that trump. If he gets asked a challenging question, he goes on the attack. The man is a total buffoon. And yes I know that I am on a Faux News site.

  • I agree, SEATS should not be monopolized by the hegemonic US News outlets. Hard reservation, like that of CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, to the exclusion of other legit journalists, is not consistent to the advocacy of an across-the-board freedom of the press. The White House should alter this unjust dynamics. The WH is definitely not beholden to the WH Correspondent group, I believe.

  • i feel bad for sarah i adore her i wish that we could get together and get her eye fixed. i know its petty but i have been with women that had a eye whose muscle was weak compared to the other and it really hurts their self esteem. she a beautiful women

  • Let's just be thankful they don't let trump supporters in the press room. It would be a barnyard brawl. Fried chicken flying everywhere.

  • Write the rules to allow 1 question. President Trump/Sarah should always be the ones to call on the reporters in the order they choose. Let him have the 1st question then you will be done with him for the day. It is a great idea to bring the reporters in from other states.

  • All you Sarah Lovers I guess don't mind being lied to constantly and have your tax dollars thrown around and wasted in the millions.

  • First amendment is a little beyond what Trump can comprehend. Isn't freedom to be rude ? Sarah's the most borish rude obnoxious press sec on record. Haven't seen her give one straight answer to the American people. We've seen journalists stand up PUBLICLY for Accosta, if some phony Fox riff raff are sucking up to her " in private" what does that tell you ? Right Fox vermin.

  • Miss Sarah Sanders is awesome. She deserves Ann e xtra higher bonus or raise in her salary.
    I would not want her job.
    Blessings and the best to her
    She has a pretty face but her face becomes even prettier when she
    Smiles.

  • This is the point when ethics becomes a law. Rude journalists will be reprimanded, mandated to be escorted out at once, and lost their passes in the White House.

  • I just hope that I get to vote for Sarah some day. Courage, intellect, quick thinking, character. She's a role model of the best sort.

  • Acting out of sorts. TRANSLATION asking questions LITTLE DONALDNOKIO doesn't want to answer because he's LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH ALL TIMES!!!!! LOCK THEM ALL UP!!!!!

  • I really questions why anyone believes this dude. Does your anger toward brown people really cloud you judgement that much?

  • Freedom off the press indeed doesn't give you the freedom to be rude, but Sarah it also doesn't give you the freedom to constantly lie.

  • Great!! Smart father produce smart generation!! (Mothers too)…love you Sarah🙏🙏🙏♥️🇺🇸🇺🇸🙏🙏🙏😇👌👌

  • I like Mike Huckabee when he ran for president. I admire Sarah for the job she did defending a man who is off his rocker. No matter what they do (I know it's crazy) I like these 2 people.

  • What did Trump do with those "big shoulders"? He blamed California of bad management. for the wild fires. Sorry Sarah no President has has more turn over than this nut job.

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