WH: ‘91 Percent of the Coverage That Comes Out of the Media Is Negative’

By Melanie Arter | December 12, 2017 | 11:24pm EST
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Tuesday pushed back on Democrats’ calls for an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump before he took office, saying Congress should focus on securing the border, defeating ISIS and passing tax reform.

When asked whether the president would support an investigation into the allegations, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president has already addressed the accusations and denied them, saying “they are all false and fabricated accusations.”


“Frankly, I think if Congress wants to spend time investigating things, they should probably focus on some of the things that the American people would really like them to investigate, like how to secure our borders, how to defeat ISIS, how to pass tax reform that actually impacts them,” she said.

“If you look at the issues, in poll after poll after poll taken by a number of the outlets in this room and pushed out regularly, the issues that are top-mind, number one, every single time: the economy, jobs, national security, immigration, healthcare. Yet we never talk about those issues,” Sanders said.

“Ninety percent of the coverage that comes out of the media is negative and rarely covers those topics,” the press secretary said, citing a Media Research Center analysis that showed 91 percent of media coverage of Trump by ABC, CBS, and NBC news was negative, similar to the MRC’s previous analysis showing 91 percent hostility towards the president in news coverage in June, July, and August.

“And those are the things that the American people want to talk about. If Congress wants to investigate something, I think that they should look at some of the priorities of the people that they actually represent,” Sanders said.

“And yet, Sarah, this is something that is being discussed in businesses all across the country.  There have been a number of people who have been fired over this. So why not allow this congressional investigation to go forward?” a reporter asked.

“Look, the president has addressed these concerns. He's addressed them directly,” Sanders replied.

“You guys spent months talking about them on the campaign trail, and the American people voted for this president, they have confidence in this president, and they wanted him to lead our country and they wanted him to focus on things like the economy, focus on healthcare, focus on fixing our broken tax system, focus on fixing our borders, and focus on national security,” she said.

“That's what we're here to do, that's what we're focused on. These questions have been asked and answered, and we're ready to move forward and focus on the questions of the day that the American people have,” Sanders concluded.

Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who lead the Democratic Women’s Working Group, held a press conference Tuesday calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against the president. They sent a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee requesting an investigation.


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