The reporter who lashed out at the Trump administration on Tuesday said Wednesday that reporters have to stand up and fight President Trump’s effort to dismiss the media, and said he blew up at spokeswoman Sarah Sanders because he “can’t take it anymore.”
“For the government to sit there and undermine essentially what [are] very essential checks and balances in the system, it’s disheartening, it’s unnerving,” said reporter Brian Karem, who writes for Playboy, on MSNBC.
“I can’t take it anymore,” he said.
Karem on Tuesday complained to Sanders that she was purposefully saying “inflammatory” things to make the media look bad, and to say anything the press writes against Trump amounts to fake news.
On MSNBC, Karem complained that Sanders’ mission on Tuesday was to berate the press, even though the first three questions Sanders was asked dealt with media, including Karem’s complaint.
“She took the opportunity first thing off the bat to go after the media,” he said. “She was trying to go after CNN specifically and the media in general. We’ve been called the enemy of the people from that White House, we’ve been told that we’re fake news.”
“We are bullied and browbeaten every day, and I pretty much have had enough of it,” he said. “We can’t take the bullying anymore. It’s undermining the fourth estate, it’s undermining the first amendment.”
Karem also agreed with a panelist that undermining the press appears to be one of the Trump administration’s ongoing plans.
“It’s one of the few strategies I’ve seen from this White House, and it has been ongoing,” he said.
“He’s inflaming the very people who got him into office. He’s speaking to his base, and he’s trying to undermine the very essence of what we do,” Karem said. “And that’s not good for this republic, it’s not good for this country.”