The New York Times engaged in some real fake news this week when it published a “puff piece” feature on disgraced former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, drawing a scathing response from an Arkansas journalist.
Huckabee Sanders spent her time as Press Secretary lying for President Donald Trump on a daily basis all while abusing her position to slander others and attack freedom of the press.
Among her strongest critics has been the New York Times, but Annie Karni wrote a “puff piece” on Huckabee Sanders in a desperate effort to rehabilitate her image ahead of the 2022 Election, when current Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will be replaced in the office, an office Huckabee Sanders is considering pursuing.
Arkansas Times reporter Max Brantley recognized how absurd the New York Times piece is, and proceeded to shred it in a piece of his own.
“It is such a puff piece (and reminiscent of when a Key White House correspondent rose to Sanders’ defense when she was the butt of jokes at a correspondents’ dinner) that many couldn’t help wonder if it was payback for source services,” Brantley wrote. “Perhaps not. Sanders has ever — and in this article — been loyal to Donald Trump.”
Indeed, Huckabee Sanders willingly did Trump’s bidding every day during her time in the White House and she continues to do his bidding today as a Fox News contributor, thereby tying herself as close to him as possible without being another woman he has cheated on his wife with. One would think she would want to distance herself from Trump, especially since he is getting his a** handed to him in the impeachment inquiry.
But that’s not the case.
Brantley then took aim at the 2022 race for governor.
“Sanders says she feels “called” to run for statewide office, though not ready to declare candidacy just yet,” he wrote. “A mission from God, I guess, just like the Blues Brothers.”
Then he turned to some of the many lowlights of her tenure in the White House before taking particular notice of a quote by Huckabee Sanders.
The piece devotes a couple of paragraphs to her clashes with the press corps. But it finds an Arkansas Republican who says loves her for her honesty. It details her travails as press secretary — having Secret Service protection, being booted from a restaurant in Virginia. Then the money quote that brought wide derision on social media:
“I don’t like being called a liar,” she said. “The other stuff bothered me far less.”
Seriously, Huckabee Sanders actually objects to being called a liar even though that is all she did as a press secretary. Even Special Counsel Robert Mueller busted her for lying and she made a statement admitting that she told lies to the American people, a statement that can be found in the final Russia investigation report.
Clearly, Huckabee Sanders is a liar and she is unqualified to hold any office. The people of Arkansas deserve better and the New York Times should be ashamed of itself for helping her.
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