AND IF SO, WHY?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 13, 2018) — On Wednesday evening, “Sarah Huckabee Sanders” began trending on Twitter, with most tweets referring to a CBS News article stating that Sanders and one of her deputies, Raj Shah, planned to leave the Trump administration.
Sanders’s exit date was given as “the end of the year,” citing “sources inside the White House and close to the administration.”
As of this writing, CBS has updated its story to say that it attempted to reach both Sanders and Shah for its story. “Neither Sanders nor Shah responded to repeated requests for comment before this story was published,” CBS is now reporting. “When reached Wednesday evening, both declined to comment on the record, and Sanders tweeted that she is ‘honored to work for @POTUS.'”
Unlike the earlier version of the article, CBS presented Sanders’s tweet with that statement, which said that she was at an event for one of her children on Wednesday evening.
The article title, however, remains the same: “Sarah Sanders, Raj Shah planning to depart the White House,” and the story remains pinned at the top of the Twitter trend with Sanders’s name.
Early on Wednesday, having just returned from his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore, President Trump excoriated the media, singling out CNN and NBC, for “fake news so easily promulgated by fools!”
The Washington Times claims to have a source which informed it that Shah termed the CBS report “fake news.” The title of The Times’s article appears to have been changed once Sanders tweeted her denial of CBS’s claim.
In September 2016, Gallup reported that Americans’ confidence in “mass media” had reached “a new low.” In February 2017, WJLA expounded on the Gallup report, including Trump’s “targeting outlets as ‘failing’ or peddling ‘fake news.'”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.