CNN panel calls out White House press secretary for hiding behind John Kelly's military service to defend his lies
Nia-Malika Henderson: "This notion that somehow no one can question Gen. Kelly because he is a military man is dangerous, it's frightening, it's absurd"
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From the October 20 edition of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin:
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DAVID CHALIAN: I'm a little confounded by Sarah Sanders' answers today, because she knows better than this. The White House -- When she said that [John] Kelly's appearance should have been the end of the story. Well, first of all, the White House doesn't get to determine when stories end or begin or how they get covered. That's our job in the press, and Sarah Sanders knows that. They don't get to decide that. Second of all, how can she possibly say with a straight face that Gen. Kelly's appearance in the briefing room should be the final word on this when those word were -- we now know to be -- inaccurate?
The other thing, Brianna, that was very concerning to me, Sarah Sanders seemed to suggest that because Gen. Kelly served, whose service deserves our utmost respect and has it, he is now the White House chief of staff in a fully political position. And he chose to go make political arguments in the briefing room yesterday. It seemed almost that she was suggesting, I think it was to [CBS News correspondent] Chip Reid, that he is beyond reproach and should not be questioned for his own words simply because he was a four-star general.
BRIANNA KEILAR (HOST): That [was] definitely the case. And, Chip really got to the heart of the matter with his questioning of Sarah Sanders there.
NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: I also agree with David. This notion that somehow no one can question Gen. Kelly because he is a military man is dangerous, it's frightening, it's absurd -- and of course, no one is going to pay attention to that, certainly no one in the press.