The reporter who made news when he clashed with White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday included himself in a so-called “dangerous” trio that is now reputed for taking on the Trump administration’s press team.
Brian Karem, executive editor of The Sentinel Newspapers and a writer for Playboy, appeared on a CNN panel Wednesday with two other journalists who have reputations for tense interactions with the White House press team: Jim Acosta of CNN and April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks.
Karem claimed that Acosta “indirectly” inspired his own confrontation of Sanders on Tuesday. Ryan, he said, “was one of the first ones to speak up in that press room.”
“The three of us together, I don’t know, but it could be dangerous,” Karem said, garnering some laughter.
Acosta’s most recent confrontation in the White House press room came Monday when he asked press secretary Sean Spicer about the administration’s decision not to televise several recent daily briefings. Other journalists were also critical of the move, including members of the White House Correspondents’ Association.
Ryan is noted for a March incident in which Spicer asked her to stop shaking her head while he responded to her question, prompting several journalists to defend her.
According to the Washington Examiner, “Karem on Wednesday said that he ‘struck a nerve’ both inside and outside of the press room due to his clash with Sanders, which began when she brought up a retracted CNN report to condemn the national media. Karem accused her of ‘inflaming everybody’ by throwing the all of news media into the same group.”
“I think the public — it is really beginning to vibrate with them and it’s bothering them,” Karem said.
“It’s not about us,” Ryan noted. “It’s about the American public getting their information, freedom of the press.”
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