The Trump administration has made a career of being critical of the news media. Trump has called the news media the Enemy of the people. Bannon has called the media, “The Opposition Party. The President often refers to media reports as “fake news.” Those comments make it clear than the Trump administration does not trust the news media.
Today, when confronted with the news that the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair and ranking member said there was no indication that any part of the U.S. Government conducted any surveillance on Trump Tower before or after the election, Sean Spicer the President’s Press Secretary quoted several media outlets as supporting the President’s contention that former President Barrack Obama ordered surveillance on Donald Trump.
How can you distrust and hate the press and then quote them to support your position. You can’t have it both ways.
Today’s press briefing was the most obvious display of misdirection and obfuscation since President George W. Bush’ Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.