Reporter Who Admonished WH's Huckabee: Told Us To Watch CNN Video, Claims Media Have Agenda

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Brian Karem, the reporter that challenged White House deputy spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Tuesday's press briefing appeared on Brian Williams' late night MSNBC program to talk about his confrontation and the Trump White House's relationship with the press. Williams asked the reporter if he was concerned that his press pass might not work Wednesday when he enters the White House.

"When you go to scan your pass at the Northwest gate tomorrow do you think it's going to work?" Williams asked.

"I hope so," Karem answered. "That's a good question. I guess I'll find out tomorrow."

Karem said the whole agenda of reporters is "to get the facts out." He likened his indignation at Tuesday's briefing to getting fed up with his children.

Karem also brought up reporters being jailed for asking questions to "provide information to the republic."

"It really rankles because I know reporters that have been beaten, reporters have been died. I've been jailed. There have been others that have been jailed longer than I have that have suffered to provide information to the republic," the scribe said.

Williams framed his action as a "moment" where a reporter stood up to a "public servant, a government employee" who believes the media is covering a hoax. Williams said he spoke up for the media to an audience that is "highly suspect" of the information they deliver because they think "we're all in the tank."

"It seemed to me watching you a big concern to you was this kind of negative affirmation for the audience that already is highly suspect of the information that comes out of the news media, believes we're all in the tank," Williams said.

"They believe we're all in cahoots, colluding together, we have a nefarious plan. The nefarious plan. the only agenda is to try and get facts," Karem said.

"There's never any accountability," he said of the Trump White House. "Yet they want to flip the script and hold us accountable while not accepting any responsibility themselves."

Karem also knocked Huckabee Sanders for "urging" the press to watch the Project Veritas tape of a CNN producer calling the Russia story "mostly bullsh*t" while at the same time criticizing them for the job they do.

Transcript:

BRIAN WILLIAMS, MSNBC: I have to say watching it live it had a real sense of moment. To your point, this is a public servant, a government employee, saying to the people who are -- many of them predisposed, nothing to see here, this is a hoax these people are covering. That's when you chose to speak up.

BRIAN KAREM, SENTINEL NEWSPAPERS: Yeah, I have been in that room for three days a week for the last six months. I respect Sarah [Huckabee Sanders]. I respect Sean Spicer and the job they do. They have to put up with us on any given day. And heaven knows I've been called worse by people who love me than what she said today.

But the point of it is it really rankles because I know reporters that have been beaten, reporters have been died. I've been jailed. There have been others that have been jailed longer than I have that have suffered to provide information to the republic. And simply because something doesn't agree or mesh with their particular mindset they call it 'fake media.'

And in that very meeting, Sarah recommended that we watch a video and she wasn't sure of the veracity of it or whether or not it was accurate but urged us to watch it. And I mean you're urging me to watch media you can't vouch for and then claiming that the people that are in that room have an agenda. And the only agenda I know of is for those people -- and that's all of them everybody I've met in that room -- the whole agenda is simply to try and get the facts out and ask questions. So it's really kind of -- you know, as I told my wife this evening, it's like -- it was like dealing with my children. After a while enough is enough. And I had enough.

WILLIAMS: And you can speak for yourself. But it seemed to me watching you a big concern to you was this kind of negative affirmation for the audience that already is highly suspect of the information that comes out of the news media, believes we're all in the tank.

KAREM: Absolutely. They believe we're all in cahoots, colluding together, we have a nefarious plan. The nefarious plan. the only agenda is to try and get facts. And every time that you paint us as such you're undermining the very First Amendment that you claim to support. And time after time after time they've told us in that room how they support the First Amendment. They just don't like the people that are practicing it. And that's very disheartening. It's very disingenuous. They've never admitted a mistake.

We're led on a path of one way with Comey -- I've got tapes, no I don't have tapes. And then there's never any accountability. Yet they want to flip the script and hold us accountable while not accepting any responsibility themselves. It's a very childish maneuver. It's what my kids used to do. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now.

WILLIAMS: Hey, Brian, when you go to scan your pass at the Northwest gate tomorrow do you think it's going to work?

KAREM: I hope so. That's a good question. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.

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