White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said President Donald Trump’s comments on the press being “the enemy” should be taken “seriously,” while criticizing journalists’ use of unnamed sources.
“I think you should take it seriously. I think that the problem we’ve got is that we’re talking about bogus stories like the one in the New York Times, that we’ve had constant contact with Russian officials. The next day, the Wall Street Journal had a story that the intel community was not giving the president a full intelligence briefing,” Priebus said. “Both stories grossly inaccurate, overstated, overblown, and it’s total garbage.”
Priebus also criticized journalists for using unnamed sources. “If the theory is that the press is supposed to be a free forum of information to speak to the American people, I think it ought to be accurate. And I think we’ve gotten to a place, John, where the media is willing to run with unnamed sources, apparently false leaked documents to create stories,” he said.
It's pretty absurd for Priebus to complain about journalists using anonymous sources when the admin keeps firing anyone who criticizes Trump
— Jeremy Schulman (@jeremyschulman) February 19, 2017
Priebus here, using anonymous sources. https://t.co/BDhjcDDlf9
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) February 19, 2017
So Priebus can use unnamed sources to backup his claims, but the press is "an enemy" of the people because they used unnamed sources? https://t.co/tt214NzbM7
— Marshall Cohen (@Marshall_Cohen) February 19, 2017