WH: No One Is Defending Roseanne’s Comments; Trump Was Pointing Out Media Bias

By Melanie Arter | May 30, 2018 | 8:31pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing ABC’s Bob Iger for calling former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to say the network doesn’t tolerate Roseanne Barr’s racist remarks was meant to call out media bias. He was not defending what Roseanne said.

“‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked whether the president spoke to Roseanne, a longtime friend of his, and why he chose to address ABC’s apology instead of the underlying issue of concerns about the racist comment that Roseanne tweeted out.

“I'm not aware of any conversations that have taken place,” Sanders said. “The president is simply calling out the media bias. No one is defending what she said. The president is the president of all Americans, and he's focused on doing what is best for our country.

“And you can see that in the actions that he's taken. You can see where he's focused on unemployment being at the lowest since 2000, opportunity investment zones to encourage investment in underserved communities, an opioid initiative to combat a crisis that impacts all Americans, and today the president signed legislation to give patients the right to try medication that could actually save their lives,” she said.

“And I'd point out that while the president signed that legislation and actually addressed America, two networks chose not to cover it, and instead covered something totally different in palace intrigue. A massive piece of legislation that had bipartisan support, that was life changing -- literally life changing for millions of Americans -- two networks chose not to cover the president's remarks on that,” Sanders pointed out.

“He's simply pointing out the bias. The president is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media, saying that the most horrible things about this president -- and nobody addresses it. Where was Bob Iger's apology to the White House staff for Jemele Hill calling the president and anyone associated with him a white supremacist, to Christians around the world for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness?” she asked.

“Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the president on ‘The View’ after a photo showed her holding President Trump's decapitated head? And where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the president as a Nazi, and even expanding Olbermann's role after that attack against the president's family?” Sanders asked.

“This is a double standard that the president is speaking about. No one is defending her comments. They're inappropriate, but that's what the point that he was making,” she added.

When asked whether anyone at the White House has been touch with Iger or anyone at ABC about the incidents Sanders mentioned and the cancellation of Roseanne’s show, Sanders said she’s “not aware of any specific or direct conversations.”


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