McEnany Tells Acosta “if anyone needs to be fact-checked, I think it should be the media”

During a contentious exchange, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany sparred with CNN’s Jim Acosta as to who needed to be fact checked most.

Jim Acosta:

Shouldn’t the president be fact-checked, especially this president who has made so many false and misleading statements that has put fact-checkers to work across the world?

These 18,000 false or misleading statements according to The Washington Post, if there’s any president out there we should be fact-checking, or political leader that should be fact-checked, isn’t it President Trump? Aren’t you trying to silence fact-checkers by going after Twitter like this?

Kayleigh McEnany:

Look, if you’re going to get into the fact-checking business, there’s no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things.

To give you a list of some of the most egregious ones: that ABC News, in December of 2017, falsely reported that Flynn would testify that the President directed him, during the campaign, to make contact with the Russians. That was false.

In 2017, your network, CNN, botched their WikiLeaks email exclusive and were forced to make on-air corrections.

CNN’s Jim Sciutto — another CNN one — dropped a fictional bombshell in 2018, July, claiming that Michael Cohen would tell federal investigators that the President knew of the Trump Tower meeting.

And there are many more — not to just put the onus on CNN there.

So if anyone needs to be fact-checked, I think it should be the media.