A stunning display of poor relations took place today in the press briefing room when a journalist called the White House Press Secretary a “lying bitch.” The comment was made underhandedly and in a very rude and direct way. The comment came from Kimberly Halkett with Al Jazeera news.
The reporter who made the comments is disputing the story, saying she was misheard. Kimberly Halkett, who was sparring with the press secretary, claims she said “Okay, you don’t want to engage.” The video speaks for itself and most online are upset with the reporters language and tone at the briefing.
Press briefings have gotten worse and worse. The press has taken an adversarial posture against this administration. That posture creates a hostile atmosphere in briefings. Insiders call them ‘gotcha’ questions, but reporters constantly ask leading, and assumptive questions. Questions and badgering like this is impossible to answer, or even unpack, in the briefing room.
Twitter user Yossi Gestetner posted an online poll, asking users what they thought they heard in the clips. The results are below.
Watch the video and decide for yourself.