Montgomery County Sentinel Reporter Brian Karem who flew off the handle at Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Tuesday’s White House press briefing has been badgering speakers at administration press conferences for 25 years—in 1992, Texas’s KMOL-TV fired and then openly condemned Karem for his aggressive, disrespectful tone against then President George H. W. Bush and several Latin American leaders.
After Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday defended President Donald J. Trump’s description of CNN as “fake news” for the extreme-left cable network’s smears of presidential ally Anthony Scaramucci as a Russian colluder, a visibly angry Karem lit into Huckabee Sanders with repeated, angry personal attacks:
You’re inflaming everybody right here right now with those words. This administration has done that as well. … And what you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who look at it and say, see, once again, the president’s right and everybody else out here is fake media. And everybody in this room is only trying to do their job.
This is a moment to watch and remember. pic.twitter.com/Ld6EGfwiPx
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 27, 2017
At a Feb. 1992 San Antonio Drug Summit press conference with then President George H. W. Bush and the leaders of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico, Karem refused to follow protocol and direct a remaining share of questions to leaders who had received none, sparking Karem’s employer to release a written statement condemning the hothead who had insisted he was fired for just doing his job.
From The Dallas Morning News, March 1, 1992:
A reporter’s right to question the president or any public official was never a point of disagreement with Brian Karem. His actions at the conference were the final straw in a series of misjudgments he has made. … He took it upon himself to question the president without being assigned to do so by the station. Furthermore, the belligerent attitude he displayed was unprofessional and unnecessary.
Playing then the media victim just as he did on Tuesday, Karem said to AFP, “My boss told me that I was rude and that I shouldn’t have questioned the president of the United States like that.”
Naturally Karem’s lying and White House-hating acolytes in the media haven’t wasted a moment coming not only to his defense but praise.
A minion of former Clinton campaign John Podesta, Zack Ford, was sure to celebrate directing verbal abuse at Huckabee Sanders in defense of CNN libel.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders just called the Russia story a hoax and she was CALLED OUT FOR IT. pic.twitter.com/Qh0fuQKLtr
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) June 27, 2017
Fast Company Senior Editor Marcus Baram wanted his followers to “watch and learn” from Karem’s accusatory style.
— Marcus Baram (@mbaram) June 27, 2017
MSNBC National Correspondent Joy Reid bragged that Karem was “every political reporter” Tuesday.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 27, 2017
Here’s the quarter-century-old disrespect to Latin American leaders that got Karem fired:
PRESIDENT BUSH: This is for one of the three remaining. Please?
KAREM: Well, actually it’s for you, President Bush. The question I have to ask is –
PRESIDENT BUSH: Well thank you. I’m not going to take any more questions. I just told you. You didn’t understand it.
KAREM: Over the last – well, over the last few days –
PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, this lady over here.
KAREM: Over the last few days –
Yes, please. I’m very sorry. You’re dealing with somebody who has made up his mind. And we’re trying to be courteous to everybody here. Now, if you have a question for one of the other three, ask it. Otherwise, sit down
KAREM: I’ll be happy to ask one of the other three. I would like for you to answer it as well.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Go ahead and ask it.
KAREM: I’ll ask it to the President of Mexico.
PRESIDENT BUSH: He’s already had a question, sorry.
KAREM: Well he’s only had one.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Okay, you go ahead. We’re not used to this. But anyway, go ahead.
Below is a transcript of Karem’s combative Tuesday exchange with Huckabee Sanders:
HUCKABEE SANDERS: If we make the slightest mistake, the slightest word is off, it is just an absolute tirade from a lot of people in this room, but news outlets get to go on, day after day, and cite unnamed sources, use stories without sources, have, you know – you mentioned the Scaramucci story where they had to have reporters resign.
But news outlets get to go on, day after day, and cite unnamed sources, use stories without sources, have, you know – you mentioned the Scaramucci story where they had to have reporters resign.
KAREM: Come on. You’re inflaming everybody right here right now with those words. This administration has done that as well.
Why in the name of heavens is – any one of us, right, are replaceable and any one of us, if we don’t get it right, the audience has the opportunity to turn the channel or not read us. You have been elected to serve for four years at least. There’s no option other than that.
We’re here to ask you questions.
HUCKABEE SANDERS: Right.
KAREM: You’re here to provide the answers. And what you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who look at it and say, see, once again, the president’s right and everybody else out here is fake media. And everybody in this room is only trying to do their job.
HUCKABEE SANDERS: I just – I disagree completely.
First of all, I think if anything has been inflamed, it’s the dishonesty that often takes place by the news media. And I think it is outrageous for you to accuse me of inflaming a story, when I was simply trying to respond to his question.
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