Priebus: Take President Seriously When He Calls Press “The Enemy”

The White House’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus doubled down on President Trump’s dire warnings to the mainstream media and he urged Americans to take Donald Trump’s attacks seriously, in the aftermath of the President’s condemnation of the MSM as the enemy of the American people during his press conference on Thursday.

Reince Priebus was interviewed by CBS’s John Dickerson during the Face the Nation show on Saturday and he was asked:

“There’s been a debate about when to take the president seriously. He recently tweeted that the press was the enemy of the American people. Should we take that seriously from him?”

Priebus replied:

Well, I think you should take it seriously. I think that the problem we’ve got is that we’re talking about bogus stories like the one in the New York Times, that we’ve had constant contact with Russian officials. The next day, the Wall Street Journal had a story that the intel community was not giving the president a full intelligence briefing. Both stories grossly inaccurate, overstated, overblown, and it’s total garbage. So we spend 48 hours on bogus stories. And the American people suffer. So I do think it’s a problem. And I think that the media needs to, in some cases — not every case, John — but in some cases really needs to get its act together.”

CBS anchor insisted:

“The enemy?”

Reince Priebus retorted that:

“if the theory is that the press is supposed to be a free forum of information to speak to the American people, I think it ought to be accurate; media is willing to run with unnamed sources, apparently false, leaked documents to create stories. I think that the media should stop with this unnamed source stuff, put names on a piece of paper and print it. If people aren’t willing to put their name next to a quote, then the quote shouldn’t be listed,”

Basically, Priebus echoed The Donald’s grievances about the mainstream media’s constantly criticizing of his actions in an obsessive and mostly untruthful manner. However, when asked why is the mainstream media the enemy, Priebus’s response was:

“I think in our case we have a total feeding frenzy that has gotten so out of control.”

The true answer is that the mainstream media also known as the corporate media is not following the interests of the American people, but their corporate owners, who are not happy with President Trump’s election.

Priebus said that the major news stories in the first thirty days of Trump’s administration are basically stories of accomplishment, such as the US getting out of the TPP, the issuing of executive actions as per the campaign promises and so on and so forth, while the fake-news mainstream media is obsessing over made-up scandals and cloak and dagger tabloid style news:

“We’re talking about stupidity and intelligence reporting that is based on facts that’s not coming out of the actual heads of these intelligence agencies,And we’re sitting here talking about it. And it’s a shame. And it needs to end.”

“Look, I think that what we hear from people on the Hill is the same thing I’m telling you — is that the media’s obsessed with a lot of false, hollow stories without sourcing that we have to track down and deal with,”

When Dickerson implied that Trump’s strategy is to fight the MSM accusing them of pedaling fake news stories in order to control the story-line, Reince Priebus owned him:

“John, the last few questions you’ve asked make no sense, I mean, you’re talking about people that you’re not naming, and whether or not some things need to be improved, and what would you say to people that say some things.

I mean, what things? What people? What are you referring to? Give me a specific question with a specific purpose– accusation, and I’ll answer the question. But you’re asking me a vague question without any specifics, and you want me to give you a specific answer. It’s ridiculous.”

Source: CBS