Sarah Huckabee Sanders has officially put the media on alert.
After the White House introduced the new rules for the media during press conferences after a particularly heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, she told Fox News: “If certain reporters like Jim Acosta can’t be adults, then CNN needs to send somebody in there who can be.”
You Have Been Warned
Several outlets have already started publishing reports that Sanders and the White House are now trying to dictate exactly who media outlets can send to press conferences — but that could not be furthest from the truth.
At the end of last week, a CNN reporter actually took to the airwaves with a rant upset Sanders had said such a thing.
But that just was another case of fake news.
All Sanders did was warn the media that if someone acts inappropriately, they will be kicked out.
That being the case, media outlets should take care to have people at the press conference who can actually act like adults.
Your Own Fault
CNN can whine and complain about Sanders’ comments all they want, but the fact is: these new rules are all their fault.
Up until now, the White House has relied on reporters to act like adults without needing policing.
But after Acosta put his hands on an intern and refused to give up the microphone, it was painfully apparent that rules needed to be put in place.
Those rules were actually mandated by the judge who heard Acosta’s case for having his press pass taken away.
Now, everyone has to live with these rules, or risk being kicked out of press conferences and losing their White House credentials.
Sanders also shed some light on how CNN is portraying this entire incident.
If you were only to believe what CNN is saying outwardly, you’d think Acosta had the network’s only pass and the White House was blocking them from doing their job.
Once again, though, that is not the case.
In reality, the White House has issued more White House hard passes to CNN than any other network.
The president himself also addressed this issue, saying candidly: “We want total freedom of the press.”
He added that while we want to protect their rights, they also need to behave respectfully or they will no longer be welcome in the White House.
Seems like a good policy to me.