In CNN on Thursday night, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley spent nearly eight minutes with Anderson Cooper, who repeatedly talked about him and demanded, "Did the President lied?"
An hour later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders met a completely different tenor in Fox News, in which host Sean Hannity gave her more than three undisputed minutes to roast "Democrats and members of the liberal media." and to insist that Trump was "completely justified.
The subject of each interview was of course the public release of Special Envoy Robert S. Muller III. Specifically, the conclusion that Sanders reporter had misled when she claimed "countless" FBI agents contacted her to support the president's decision to fire the office's director, James B. Comey.
Their different receptions point to a split media landscape and vividly show how even a semblance of one seems A clear conclusion from the investigation that Sanders has given counterfeit money to reporters can turn into a partisan ping-pong ball be the cable shafts.
Mueller had carried out a Zero Action in a White House briefing on May 10, 2017, when a reporter responded to Sanders' claim that FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey when she told them that a "large majority" of the agency still supports him. Sanders replied, "Look, we've heard from countless members of the FBI who say very different things."
Mueller stated that this was not the case, and said Sanders told investigators that the allegation was " However, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post noted that she repeated the same statement the next day and confirmed that at least 50 FBI employees had contacted her. Not so, said Müller again. This remark was made "in the heat of the moment," Sanders told Mueller's team, which concluded it was "founded on nothing."
When Cooper urged Gidley to the point, he initially discouraged and said, "She can defend herself well. I am not here to defend Sarah Sanders. "
" Will Sarah admit that she lied to the American people? "Cooper asked.
" Sarah will be defending herself on another network tonight, "Gidley said (" Right, of course she will, "Cooper replied dryly)
This network was, of course, Fox News. The boundaries of "Hannity" could hardly have been friendlier.
The host began by suggesting that he, too, was pleased by a large number of FBI agents that Comey had been killed.
"The media are seizing Ask her today, "Hannity said before saying," Every FBI man I know thanked me 99.9 percent … They were hurt and upset by some, and you said that that, but explain it. "
Sanders offered a brief mäfli, but insisted that the only lie she uttered was the word" countless. "
" Look, I acknowledge, that I had a slip up tongue when I used the word "countless", She told Hannity, "But it is not untrue, and you certainly have the exact feel and point that I made that a number of current and former FBI agents agreed with the President. "
But what about Muller's conclusion that her entire claim" was not based on anything?
Hannity did not ask.Cooper pushed back after Gidley told the CNN host that he, too, had seen supportive texts and e-mails to Sanders of FBI agents.Cooper nudged back, "That's not that, what she said under oath. She said … it was not based on anything. "
However, Gidley insisted that her point of view was correct, no matter what Mueller wrote in the report, which was based on sworn statements.
" That was what The Conclusion was from the report, not from what she said. "19659020] On" Hannity "Sanders used the rest of the time to beat the press, which was largely confirmed in his coverage of the Russia probe Muller's report, and the unconditional victory to demand from the president.
"I think the White House is in a great position, and what we have said in the past two and a half years has now been finally confirmed. The president is completely relieved. No collusion, no disability, "she said. "It is outrageous how media and democrats behaved."
Hannity let Sanders speak without interruption. Gidley did not welcome an audience in Cooper when he offered a similar argument.
The CNN host repeatedly urged Gidley to find that Trump had pressure Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to lie and claim it was his recommendation to fire Comey, a plan Rosenstein did not want to go along with ,
"According to Robert Müller, your sworn testimony, your office has been trying to trick Rod Rosenstein. What's wrong with that? "Cooper asked.
" Again, that's so great that we'll analyze every word of it, "Gidley said. "If the president had done something wrong, he would be charged."
Cooper would not drop the question. At each variation, Gidley replied that lack of charges proved that everything was legal. (An assertion that, as Cooper pointed out, was not confirmed when Muller complied with the Ministry of Justice's rules that an incumbent president can not be charged.)
Three times in a row, Cooper asked the same question about a talking Gidley, without to get an answer: "Did the president lie?"
After that, an angry Cooper ended the interview with the words, "I think it's bad that you're afraid to say that your boss lied."