CNN got shredded on Wednesday for its misleading coverage of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sander’s comments on whether President Donald Trump has ever used the n-word.
As noted by The Daily Wire, CNN has produced more than 30 stories on former White House aide Omarosa Manigault’s new salacious book. In the book and in a recent interview, Manigault claims she heard a tape of Trump using the n-word years ago while shooting the Celebrity Apprentice. But the “source” of her claim released a statement saying the tape does not exist, “period.”
During the White House press briefing on Wednesday, Sanders was asked by NBC’s Kristen Welker if she could “guarantee” that people will “never hear Donald Trump utter the N-word on a recording in any context.”
“I can’t guarantee anything,” Sanders responded, which triggered CNN to run wild with the conspiracies despite Trump denying the claim several times this week.
“I’ve never heard him use that term or anything similar" but “I can't guarantee” that President Trump hasn't used the n-word, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says pic.twitter.com/nyBWLCeCgj
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 14, 2018
The word “guarantee” gave CNN and many others all the ammunition they needed to go after Sanders. Reporters like CNN’s Oliver Darcy used the word “guarantee” to insinuate that Sanders not outright denying the claim implied Trump may have been caught on tape using a racial slur.
CNN chyron right now: "WH: 'CANNOT GUARANTEE' TAPE WON'T REVEAL TRUMP USING N-WORD"
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 14, 2018
While Trump critics obviously went wild with CNN’s coverage, many Twitter users slammed CNN and Darcy for using a general word to attack Sanders and the White House.
No @oliverdarcy, that’s not what was said.
Sanders was asked if she could guarantee that Trump would “never” do something, even in the future. She said, correctly, that she couldn’t guarantee anything. No one can guarantee another’s actions.
Nice spin though. https://t.co/0uwILHtULs
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 14, 2018
I'm starting to think that CNN pays its employees (not calling you journalists) based on how far you can stretch a story. I watched….not what she said or meant. #fakenews
— Pat Mann (@PatMann1) August 14, 2018
CNN[.]com has published at least 30 pieces on Omarosa in just the last two days, and that doesn't take into account actual airtime on the cable channel. Somebody's obsessed with her, and it isn't Trump. pic.twitter.com/S8oFNXzdtp
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 14, 2018
I cannot guarantee a tape won't reveal you using the n-word.
See how this works?
— Rebecca B 🇺🇸🏴 🇰🇮 (@starboard_light) August 14, 2018
You guys seem desperate
— Crypto Popsicle (@CryptoPopsicle) August 14, 2018
I knew the minute I heard her say that….. that the #FakeNews would spin it this way. Total BS!
— Richie Mac (@xSTYMIEx) August 14, 2018
I knew they would spin this out of control. She’s only known him several years, and could not comment on anything other than her own experience and his own statement.
— eaglesdontflock (@eaglesdontflock) August 14, 2018
Welker’s question was in response to Manigault claiming in her new bookand in a recent interview with MSNBC that she heard a tape of Trump using the n-word “multiple times” on the Celebrity Apprentice. Her source, Apprentice producer Bill Pruitt, has released a statement denying that a tape exists.
Following Manigault’s appearance on Hardball, senior Trump official Lynne Patton fired off a series of tweets saying she spoke with Pruitt and that he had provided her with a statement swiftly refuting Manigault’s salacious claim.
“Tonight, on the MSNBC program, Hardball, Omarosa revealed to the public what she had told me last December: that former Apprentice producer, Bill Pruitt, was the original source of the ‘N-word’ tape. Bill Pruitt is a mutual friend. I just spoke to Bill Pruitt tonight before releasing this statement.”
“He confirmed to me (before Hardball had even gone off the air) that he does NOT have an audio tape of President Trump using the ‘N-word’ and has NEVER had an audio tape of President Trump using the ‘N-word.’ Period.”
The main question being asked by many is how can Sanders outright deny what Trump may or may not have said throughout his entire life? She admittedly only met Trump for the first time a few years ago, so how can she “guarantee” anything that Trump may or may not have said years or decades ago?
Welker’s question, whether intentional or not, is indicative of how the media asks Trump officials questions that are skewed to make them look badly no matter how they answer it.
She cannot answer a question about what Trump — or anyone, for that matter — said years ago when she didn’t even know them. But of course, CNN ran wild with a thirty-second clip rather than reporting the full context of what Sanders said and why.