Saturday 8 February 2020

MEDIA BLACKOUT: No White House Officials Invited on Sunday Shows After Triumphant Week for President Trump

When President Trump talks about the media being the enemy of the people, this is what he means: At the end of a stellar triumphant week for President Trump no Sunday morning news show has booked a White House official–including Fox broadcast which cancelled an appearance by White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham. Out of the five major Sunday shows, only one, CBS’s Face the Nation, has any Republican official as a guest. Grisham said on the Hannity show on the Fox News Channel Friday night that the White House offered officials to the shows but was turned down by every one.
The original Sunday shows line-up via the Associated Press published Friday:
ABC’s “This Week” — Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Buttigieg; Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Buttigieg, Sanders; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; China’s ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Buttigieg, Sanders; Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.
“Fox News Sunday” — Buttigieg.
The Washington Examiner reported ABC’s This Week has former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) booked as a guest while the Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures will feature Trump private attorney Rudy Guiliani.
Grisham spoke about the snubbing in an appearance on the Fox News Channel’s Hannity show Friday night.
The Eaxminer quoted Grisham, “I have got to tell you there is not going to be one White House official on any of the Sunday shows this weekend. Only Fox Business is taking a White House official to talk about what an amazing week this president has had, and I do find that timing very, very suspect.”
“…It’s not that they didn’t invite us, it’s that they turned us down. We offered up senior White House officials to every Sunday show and they turned us down and even canceled, uh, your own network canceled me. So, not one Sunday show, uh, is going to have us on aside from Fox Business.
The Examiner reported that CNN and CBS dispute Grisham’s claim.

“Representatives from both CNN’s State of the Union and CBS’s Face the Nation refuted Grisham’s claims that they turned down an appearance from a White House official. A Fox News spokesperson also pointed out that Grisham inaccurately said Fox Business was the only network to accept a White House spokesperson because they do not have a Sunday talk show.”
FNC’s Sunday Morning Futures is hosted by Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, which would explain Grisham’s mistake to the snide Fox News spokesman.
CNN’s Jake Tapper took to Twitter to call Grisham a liar and then invite her on his Sunday show, State of the Union, “This isn’t accurate, but instead of descending into a he said/she said, let me right now extend the invitation to @PressSec Stephanie Grisham to come on @CNNSotu tomorrow morning for an interview.”

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