WH: Freedom of Press and Freedom of Speech Go ‘Hand in Hand’

By Jonathan Mizrahi | August 1, 2018 | 5:18pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com)—In a press briefing on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that, “while we certainly support freedom of the press, we also support freedom of speech, and we think that those things go hand in hand.”

On Tuesday night, CNN reporter Jim Acosta was heckled by Trump supporters at the president’s rally in Tampa Bay, Fla., chanting things such as “fake news” and “CNN sucks.”

“When it comes to the media, the president does think that the media holds a responsibility,” Sanders said in response to a question about the treatment of Acosta. “We fully support a free press, but there also comes a high level of responsibility with that.”



Sanders continued to explain that the media has reported classified information that has been harmful to the United States on numerous occasions, citing an instance when it was reported that the United States was able to listen to Osama bin Laden’s satellite phone in the late 90’s, reporting that ultimately caused the loss of valuable intelligence.

Sanders also claimed that it is now “standard to abandon common sense ethical practices,” and that the relationship between the press and the people is, “a two-way street.”

Less than two months ago, Trump cabinet members were being publicly harassed by people who did not support the president and his policies, some going as far to threaten the president’s two-year- old granddaughter.

 

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