White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany hit back at Fox’s Chris Wallace after he criticized her approach to dealing with the press.
Wallace teamed up with Jonah Goldberg of The Dispatch on Sunday to accuse her of “indefensible” and “grotesque” behavior after she turned a White House correspondent’s question on its head in a recent briefing.
Wallace specifically said that “Let me just say, Sam Donaldson and me and the Reagan White House, we were pretty tough on the White House press secretaries and we never had our religious beliefs questioned or were lectured on what we should ask.”
McEnany fired back during a Tuesday appearance on “Fox & Friends” that the media is “not above being questioned.”
“Journalism is a great and noble profession but there’s been a dearth of journalists asking the real questions for President Obama,” she explained. “The criminal leak of Michael Flynn’s identity, who leaked that identity, the dossier used to launch a three-year investigation into this president to spy on his campaign why aren’t those questions being asked?”
“It’s journalistic malpractice not to ask those questions,” she declared.
Addressing Wallace’s accusation that she had attacked a journalist’s religious beliefs, she replied, “I never questioned the religious beliefs of the press.”
Many of our journalists are great men and women of faith and differing faiths, whether it be the Jewish, Christian faith, the Muslim faith. What I was saying is, I was asked 11 questions as to why churches would be allowed to reopen. It was a bit peculiar to be asked these 11 questions in a row and for the onus and the focus solely to be on why churches are essential, I’ve never been asked why a liquor store was essential so I was merely pointing that out.