White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Tuesday criticized CNN during a press briefing by saying the network’s alleged “disregard for facts” was “coming directly from the top.”
She also encouraged Americans to watch an undercover sting video produced by conservative James O’Keefe of Project Veritas that showed a CNN health unit producer questioning his network’s coverage of President Trump and Russia, suggesting other important stories have been buried by the news network.
Sanders stated during the press briefing that CNN’s actions are “a disgrace to all of media, all of journalism.”
Turning to the conservative video she promoted during the press hearing, Sanders admitted its accuracy was questionable.
“There’s a video circulating now, whether it’s accurate or not I don’t know, but I would encourage everyone in this room and frankly, everyone across the country, to take a look at it,” she stated.
Commenting on the undercover video, a CNN source said that “It’s silly, it’s been spun up as something it’s not. [The producer is] a health unit producer in Atlanta. He has nothing to do with Washington politics or the investigative unit.”
CNN viewership has increased 10 percent year-over-year, according to Nielsen ratings from the second quarter released on Tuesday. The network is running in third place in the battle for cable news viewers, behind Fox News and MSNBC, while still ranking in the top ten cable channels overall.
“CNN just posted it’s most-watched second quarter in history,” the network’s communications department tweeted Tuesday in response to criticism from President Trump.
CNN just posted it’s most-watched second quarter in history. Those are the facts.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) June 27, 2017