WH official: We’ll say ‘fake news’ until media realizes attitude of attacking the President is wrong

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Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said Monday that the administration will continue using the term “fake news” until the media understands that their “monumental desire” to attack the President is wrong.

“There is a monumental desire on behalf of the majority of the media, not just the pollsters, the majority of the media to attack a duly elected President in the second week of his term,” Gorka, a former Breitbart editor who also holds a PhD in political science, told syndicated conservative radio host Michael Medved.

“That’s how unhealthy the situation is and until the media understands how wrong that attitude is, and how it hurts their credibility, we are going to continue to say, ‘fake news.’ I’m sorry, Michael. That’s the reality,” he added.

Trump and his staff have repeatedly used the term “fake news” to discredit reporting on the presidential administration from mainstream outlets such as CNN and The New York Times, often offering no evidence to back up their disputes with those outlets’ stories.

Earlier in the interview, Gorka was asked Medved whether he would acknowledge that the administration’s controversial statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day was “at least questionable in being the first such statement in many years that didn’t recognize that Jewish extermination was the chief goal of the Holocaust.”

Gorka replied by calling criticism of the statement “asinine,” arguing that it was motivated by the media’s desire to attack Trump.

“It’s a Holocaust remembrance statement,” Gorka said. “No, I’m not going to admit it. Because it’s asinine. It’s absurd. You’re making a statement about the Holocaust. Of course it’s about the Holocaust because that’s what the statement’s about. It’s only reasonable to twist it if your objective is to attack the President.”

Gorka also sparred with a caller who contended that “every time you call everything fake news, it just turns everyone except your hardcore fans off.”

“Not everything’s fake news,” the caller added.

“You know, I would beg to differ,” Gorka shot back. “Every single organ that generates these kinds of stories comes from the same clique of media organs that predicted that Hillary (Clinton) would win and that Brexit wouldn’t occur. I know what fake news is. And it’s coming from those organizations. It’s time that you yourself understood that as well.”


  • grunt

    CNN and The New York Times obviously have a liberal agenda.
    The silent majority has had enough of that, maybe that’s one reason why the elected Donald Trump to be our President.

    • SG

      It’s not a silent majority if more than half the country didn’t vote for him, not sure why you have to twist facts to fit your “silent majority” agenda. You are not the majority and you certainly aren’t silent.

    • DC

      Having a liberal agenda isn’t “fake news” per se. It’s news with a liberal slant. Just like I sometimes go on Fox News to read news with a conservative slant. Fake news is National Enquire style headlines, Two headed Elvis found dead in alien spaceship. See the difference? There is a difference between, shoddy journalism, bad journalism, partisan journalism and sometimes, just some truly honest mistakes and completely making stuff up.

  • Judas Priest

    When did they ever ask Obama any meaningful or “hardball” questions? The MSM slobbered over everything he said and held it as fact. Don’t forget that Obama did cry a lot when Fox News did ask him questions. He even tried to smear Fox News every chance he got so go back to your safe space bubble

    • Jeff Tate

      The Obama administration didn’t repeatedly insist on making statements that were easily provable to be false, and then verbally berate people for questioning those things. I’ve heard a great deal of overreaction to many of the things said or done by the current administration, but there have also been many things said and done that deserve a strong negative reaction. The people should closely watch all levels of government for overreach, and there is some happening already in the Trump Whitehouse- as there was in the Obama years also.

  • DC

    I’m not saying that one shouldn’t be suspicious of the news stories that are being published. Most news outlets in North America are owned by greedy owners who do have some sort of an agenda, whether that be liberal, pro-business, conservative, “alt-right” and so on and so forth. Be wary of the propaganda out there. Propaganda is the reason so many people are quick to blame all Muslims whenever there is an attack, but no reaction when a US drone strike kills 17 people in a village in the MIddle East. Propaganda is also why people will believe that ALL Mexicans are drug dealers and rapists, while statistically, the vast majority, like all citizens, are law abiding citizens.

  • Gozo Posts

    Truth and fact-verification are readily available for all who care to find it. Sebastian Gorka, talking with Marco Werman on 02/07/2017 PRI’s The World, sounds determined to silence all criticism. This tactic is counter to American values. Fortunately, Marco Werman stood firm against the fake-news propogandists. So much nonsense out of today’s White House, no wonder they are winning the Nielsen ratings, but losing the war against the truth.

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