Turning the tables on vindictive, victim-playing press

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Kayleigh McEnany (press sec)The new White House press secretary is being criticized for pushing back against the antagonistic White House press corps but a media analyst says it’s past time to bring a gun to a gun fight.

It’s not breaking news to report the left-wing media despises President Trump, whose feelings about the “fake news” media are mutual, and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has been delivering counter-punches to the Trump-hating media, no doubt with the blessings and praise of her boss.

In a matter of weeks, McEnany has repeatedly turned the tables. Rattling off headlines and quotes, she reminded reporters how their news outlets downplayed the threat of the coronavirus. More recently, she asked reporters why they peppered her with 11 questions after President Trump called for churches to reopen in communities still under "lockdown" orders.

And she wasn’t done, either. McEnany continued her table-turning tactic and challenged the media over its “lack of curiosity” over the Obama administration’s prosecution of General Michael Flynn and the revelation that numerous people, including Joe Biden, requested the “unmasking” of the former general.

And she still wasn’t done: Days later, the press secretary told reporters she wanted to “follow up” about the questions she posed to reporters.

Kayleigh McEnany confronts media“Did anyone take it upon themselves,” she asked the room of reporters, “to pose any questions about Michael Flynn and unmasking to President Obama’s spokesperson?”

Some reporters accused McEnany of questioning their religious beliefs for pointing out their antagonistic questions about churches, and Fox News host Chris Wallace, famous for grilling his own guests, complained that he “never saw a White House press secretary act like that.”

“I think her behavior is indefensible and grotesque,” Jonah Goldberg, the longtime conservative columnist-turned-Never-Trumper, lectured after Wallace asked for comment on his Sunday show. 

The irony of Goldberg defending the liberal media is that he famously blasted the media for its anti-GOP bias in a 2011 column that cited numerous examples of liberal journalists lying, ignoring facts, and exploiting tragedy to help Democrats. 

Goldberg, who has become a reliable critic of Trump and his administration, went on to describe McEnany as a “Twitter troll” who attacks the media.

Responding to the criticism of McEnany, Curtis Houck of Media Research Center says the media is engaged in a blood sport and the White House recognizes that fact.

“Nowadays, this is war, man,” Houck observes. “You can't just say please and thank you. We're past that now.”

McEnany has enjoyed some praise for her pushback, including on Wallace’s show.

Josh Holmes, a former aide to Sen. Mitch McConnell, said the press secretary is pushing back at reporters whose goal is not obtaining facts but creating confrontation.

“The confrontational nature by which journalists approach the questioning is really not to obtain much information,” Holmes said, “so much as to back them into the corner, and I think Kayleigh said, I'm not going to play that game.”

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