CNN's Cuomo calls out White House press secretary Sarah Sanders for routinely lying to the American people

Chris Cuomo: “They put out things that they know are not true or are used to conceal what they don't want you to know, and they do it routinely”

From the December 12 edition of CNN's New Day:

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ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): Of course, Karoun, there is responsibility. Of course there are rules to journalism. Of course when a mistake is made you do immediately disclose it and apologize for it. That's what has happened. But they're resetting the rules, actually. Certainly the rules of engagement in the press briefing room. 

CHRIS CUOMO (CO-HOST): Well that's -- hold on a second. Let's not let it go that quick. The hypocrisy, the irony that Sarah Sanders is going to look at people and say, you know, there's just this stream of misinformation that's calculated to deceive. Yeah, coming from you. Coming from the podium, coming from the president by definition. They put out things that they know are not true or used to conceal what they don't want you to know, and they do it routinely. And when it gets exposed, they blame the media, which is fair play. It has always happened that way in politics, you can argue the degree and whether or not it's right, but it's certainly the state of play. But to put that on the media, I just, I don't get where they think this is going to get them except with their one little concentrated base. 

KAROUN DEMIRJIAN: I think in some ways it does play well. Look, the fake news mantra has kind of picked up and gone global in a way. It's a very good sort of branding of when you want to be able to take a shot at the media. Yeah, you're right, this is the same podium from which we've heard things about crowd size misrepresentation from the very beginning of the presidency on through various other topics that they have tried to present. Alternative facts are something that also came up with this administration, we're well used to this right now. The press definitely admits to errors. I don't know a single journalist that hasn't had a correction in some form. You live in fear of having a really big one. But yes, you say when you get something wrong because you want to you maintain trustworthiness. You apologize for it, too. That's not been the standard to which this administration has necessarily held itself to at all.


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