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

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

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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.

Previously:

Trump calls report that he is considered a "fucking moron" "fake news"

Trump keeps retweeting accounts that promote fake news, conspiracy theories, and message boards beloved by white nationalists

Trump has called dozens of things fake news. None of them are.

CNN report: Russians pushed so much fake news on Facebook, "it all just started to look real"

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