White House press secretary equates unflattering press accounts of Trump to fake news peddled by Russians

From the October 5 White House press briefing:

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MATTHEW NUSSBAUM: Sarah, I'm wondering if there's any concern in the White House that the president's frequent use of the term “fake news” to describe mainstream outlets muddies the water a little bit and makes it harder for citizens to identify the actual fake news that the intelligence agencies have said countries like Russia used to interfere in the last election?

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: I think that the president has a great frustration with the fact that a lot of times you have inaccurate information that's being presented as factual. A lot of times you have opinions that are being presented as news, and they're not. And I think that that is a real concern and something that certainly should be looked at.

NUSSBAUM: But does he see a distinction between erroneous reports or reporting that he finds offensive and the type of fake news that we saw pushed during the election by Russian intelligence? Does he see a distinction there?

SANDERS: We see a problem with any stories that are inaccurate or untruthful being presented to the American people as facts.


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