Until Trump came along, the only time most people had heard the term “enemy of the people” was in old newsreels about Stalin or in theatre history class discussing the play of the same name by Henrik Ibsen. (By the way, it’s a really good play and a cautionary tale for our times.) But now Trump is slandering the media with that tag, and it’s being thrown around by his minions, including Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Yesterday she got into an exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Notice that her complaints are all how the press has treated her. That’s all it really is; she’s the victim here and it’s SO unfair. That seems to be why she is incapable of agreeing with Ivanka Trump that the press is not the enemy of the people.
First, if you’re going to be the White House press secretary, you’re going to get a lot of scrutiny and be held accountable for what you and the people you represent do and say. (Oh, and if you’ve got a list of grievances about how those meanies in the media go after you, sit down with Hillary Clinton and hear what it’s like to have the press go after you for real.)
Second, and more importantly, the press’s job is not to be just an echo chamber for your balderdash and bullshit. Their job is to ask the questions and get the answers and call out the bullshit when they see it. (Ironically, not a lot of the press is actually doing that; most of the time they sit and watch.) That’s what Sarah Huckabee Sanders objects to; that there are those in the press who call her and her boss out and wow does it hurt her fee-fees.
Hey, Ms. Sanders, you want to see the real enemy of the people? Look in the mirror.