Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources, legendary news anchor Sam Donaldson was asked about press relations with White House under the late President George H.W. Bush and he responded by leveling a shot at current press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Speaking with host Brian Stelter, Donaldson had praise for former White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater but admitted he didn’t have to work for a president like Donald Trump.
“In the case of George H.W. Bush, he was accessible,” Donaldson explained. “And he also understood our job. I never heard of him calling a reporter to chew him out, never being angry at a reporter.”
“He also had a press secretary in Marlin Fitzwater, who did a great job for him,” he continued. “Marlin would come out to the press room knowing he had to shuck and jive and slide around, but he didn’t try to insult reporters. He knew that we knew that he was going to shuck and jive — that was his job.”
“I wonder if that would work today with Sarah Sanders,” he mused. “If she could come out and say, ‘you know, I’m going to lie to you, but I have to do that don’t you understand? It’s nothing personal.'”
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