'He Was Once a Real Reporter, Now He Aids and Abets a Propaganda Operation for a Living'
President Donald Trump on Friday refused to take a question from a CNN reporter on the grounds that the network was filled with “fake news.”
Trump then decided to call on a reporter from what he described as a “real network” — Fox News White House reporter John Roberts.
Instead of sticking up for his fellow journalists, Roberts continued to ask his question as though nothing had happened.
As Yahoo News’ Hunter Walker pointed out, this stands in stark contrast to how the rest of the media actually helped out Fox News in 2009 when the Obama White House tried to shut the network out of its press briefings.
“In 2009, when the Obama White House tried to shut out Fox News, the rest of the press corps stood with them,” he writes. “In 2018, when Trump refused to take questions from Acosta, called CNN “fake news,” Fox News helped him move the presser along without objection.”
In 2009, when the Obama White House tried to shut out Fox News, the rest of the press corps stood with them. In 2018, when Trump refused to take questions from @Acosta, called @CNN "fake news," Fox News helped him move the presser along without objection.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) July 13, 2018
Many other Twitter users jumped on Fox and Roberts for their unwillingness to stand up for other reporters — check out some of the reactions below.
John Roberts from FOX News has zero backbone – he should have given the mike to Jim Acosta from CNN after Trump once again insulted CNN.
— Katrin Eismann (@KatrinEismann) July 13, 2018
Fox proudly tweets its status as the lapdog news network. https://t.co/3jhoBzzVLK
— Matt Wuerker (@wuerker) July 13, 2018
John Roberts of Fox is an asshole for taking the mike off a Trump attack on a free press. He should have declined
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) July 13, 2018
.@johnrobertsFox had an opportunity to speak up after Trump trashed CNN and NBC, but he didn't because that would break with Fox's strategy.
He was once a real reporter, now he aids and abets a propaganda operation for a living
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 13, 2018
When Obama attacked Fox News, the rest of the press raised up in outrage. When Trump attacks CNN @Foxnews and @johnrobertsFox either cheer or ignore it to ask a question. You're better than this, John.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 13, 2018
Shame on John Roberts from Fox for taking the mic at May/Trump presser after Trump refused to answer a question from CNN, calling them "fake news". Other than Shep Smith, Roberts is the only one from Fox who holds Trump accountable. Until now. @johnrobertsFox
— (@ItsMeCathi) July 13, 2018
If Fox News were, in fact, a "real network" its reporter, John Roberts, would have refused to ask his question after Trump called CNN "fake news." Disgraceful.
— Michael Schooler (@MikeSchooler) July 13, 2018
John Roberts of Fox News, you had a chance to defend journalism this morning, but instead chose to be Trump’s monkey. You will be remembered for that. You let your colleagues and your profession down. This is now part of your legacy.
— Darren Day (@tootsday) July 13, 2018
There was a period when the Obama press shop iced Fox in briefings. The rest of the press corps backed them up in the interest of free press and 1st Amendment.
It'd be great to see them return the professional courtesy
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) July 13, 2018
How much longer before Trump refuses to take questions from anybody but Fox reporters? Why couldn’t John Roberts have shown some solidarity and handed Jim Acosta the mike?
— Hank (@hammerinhankhar) July 13, 2018
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