CNN’s John King said on Friday he had some degree of “empathy” for White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose lies to the American people about the FBI now stand exposed by the Mueller report — and was quickly shot down by reporter Kaitlan Collins, who pointed out that the press corps gave Sanders several opportunities to walk back her statement, to no avail.
“I have some empathy because of who she works for. She essentially is told to lie every day,” King said, after running a clip of Sanders belligerently defending herself from her own words. “But should we — or more importantly you at home — I mean, how do you believe anything they say?”
“Well, that’s the point,” said Collins, sounding exasperated. “This is not just pitting the White House against the press corps that covers the White House. That’s a taxpayer funded press secretary.”
“So when she makes a comment from the podium, she says it’s a slip of the tongue? She actually made it multiple times and I was there that day,” Collins went on. “A reporter gave her the chance to walk it back. They said ‘really, Sarah, countless people have called you from the FBI?’ She said yes.”
Chastened, King had to laugh. “Mueller, the former FBI director, I think made it a point to put that in the report,” he cracked.
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‘There is great distrust of the entire system’: CNN reporter says protesters want the Hennepin attorney to resign
On CNN Wednesday, correspondent Miguel Marquez reported that while Minnesota civil rights activists will approve of the upgraded charges against the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, they also want accountability for Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney who initially declined to charge every officer.
"Those protesters will be pleased, absolutely happy to hear these charges have now been brought, but they will want more," said Marquez. "Specifically, they do want the County Attorney, Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, who initially had this case and then turned it over to the attorney general, they want him to resign. They're also upset with the governor and his handling of it."
Black students brutalized by Atlanta cops call for ‘total reset in policing’ on CNN
The two black students who were brutalized by police in Atlanta went on CNN Wednesday to demand fundamental change from American police departments.
In an interview on CNN, students Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who were pulled out of their car by Atlanta police and tased earlier this week, said that police behavior toward peaceful demonstrators shows exactly why protesters are taking to the streets in the first place.
Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser
On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.
"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."