First Daughter Ivanka Trump said today that she doesn’t view journalists as “the enemy of the people.” Hurrah!
That’s a far cry from her dad who tweeted a video of Monday’s media-hate-fest in Tampa at which the crowd roared “CNN sucks” and jeered its chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
Ivanka said at the Axios forum at the Newseum in Washington: “I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripes, especially when they sort of feel targeted, but no, I do not consider the media the enemy of the people.”
Her statement was in sharp contrast to the sorry performance of press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at today’s White House briefing, where she passed on multiple times to declare that the press is not the enemy.
A day after her tweet accusing Democrats of suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome" for “freaking out about the booming Trump economy,” Sanders whiffed on the press/enemy question.
“I’m here to speak on behalf of the president,” she said. “The president is rightfully frustrated. Ninety percent of the coverage on him is negative.” That’s a total cop-out.
Sanders then turned the tables, griping about coverage that she has received from the media. That's a page from Trump's diversion book to change the subject.
A fed-up Acosta walked out of the briefing and then tweeted that Sanders’ unwillingness to say the press isn't the enemy was “shameful.”
White House advisor Ivanka should have a chat with Sanders about the need to tone down her rhetoric.
After all, her title is press secretary, not press provocateur.