White House Reporter: I Criticized Huckabee Sanders Because 'I Don't Like Bullies'

June 28, 2017

Executive editor of the Sentinel and contributor to Playboy Brian Karem appeared on two cable news shows Wednesday morning after going viral for his interaction with White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during Tuesday's press briefing.

Karem visited MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and CNN's "New Day" to discuss how he believed Sanders' criticism of CNN is part of a larger pattern of vilifying the media, according to Mediaite.

Karem initially went after Sanders while she was answering another reporter's question, calling her response "inflammatory" by trying to convince the American people that the president is right and the media is fake.

"New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo asked Karem what motivated the exchange with Sanders.

"I don't like bullies," Karem said. "I've been tired of being bullied, I've been tired of being blamed. I've been called an enemy of the people. I've been told that we're all fake media."

Karem said that he did respect the White House and knew it was Sanders' prerogative to come out and speak on issues.

"I respect what the White House does. It's not wrong for the spokesmen of the White House and the president to come out and put their spin on things," Karem said.

"But at the end of the day, I've been brow beaten for six months and told I'm the enemy. To be quite honest, it's not accurate and it's driving a wedge between us and the public," the Playboy contributor said.

Karem said creating this gap between the media and the public is detrimental to the Constitution and foundation of America.

"Those people in that room are merely trying to, as I said to Sarah, trying to do their job. And to be brow-beaten every day and bullied isn't right and it's got to stop," Karem said.