McEnany Shreds Chris Wallace: ‘Journalists Are Not Above Being Questioned’
White House press secretary fires back at criticism of her confrontational style
Firebrand White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shredded “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace after he blasted her confrontational style.
McEnany responded to Wallace's criticisms during a Monday appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
On Sunday, Wallace said during his morning show that McEnany was lecturing the White House press corps on what questions they should be asking.
Wallace was responding to a bombshell Friday press briefing where McEnany schooled the media on the Obamagate scandal.
During the presser, she used a slide show to expose the Obama Administration's "unmasking" of Trump advisor Michael Flynn.
Wallace claimed her exposé would not have gone well had she done that while he and former ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson had been covering the White House.
During her “Fox & Friends” appearance, McEnany stood her ground.
Shutting down Wallace's remarks, she asserted that the press is “not above being questioned.”
The subject of McEnany’s Friday briefing was brought up by host Brian Kilmeade, who said that Wallace in particular had been angry about some of her comments.
Kilmeade said some reporters had suggested that she had also questioned the religious beliefs of members of the press.
"No I never questioned the religious beliefs of the press,” McEnany replied.
"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.”
McEnany went on to highlight that she fields hundreds of questions every day.
“Journalists are not above being questioned themselves,” she asserted.
“Journalism is a great and noble profession but there’s been a dearth of journalists asking the real questions for President Obama, 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,” McEnany concluded.