Fox News’ John Roberts defended his actions during a joint presser with President Donald Trump and British PM Theresa May on Friday and threw in a subtle dig at CNN’s Jim Acosta.
The Daily Caller reports,
Journalists criticized Roberts for not rebuking President Trump when he referred to CNN and NBC as fake news outlets. Trump specifically refused to call on CNN’s Jim Acosta, asserting that he was going to call on a “real outlet” before giving a question to Roberts.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) July 13, 2018
Roberts released a statement defending his decision to ask a question after Trump snubbed Acosta, but Roberts also defended NBC and CNN.
“When it became clear that the president wasn’t going to entertain a question from [Acosta], I proceeded with my question, as did my fellow colleagues in the press corp,” Roberts wrote.
Interestingly, Roberts defended NBC’s Kristen Welker by name but opted only to mention the “fine journalists” at CNN and not Acosta specifically.
“I know [Kristen] Welker of NBC. She is honest as the day is long. For the president to call her dishonest is unfair,” he said. “I also used to work at CNN. There are some fine journalists who work there and risk their lives to report on stories around the world. To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as ‘fake news’ is also unfair.”
Here is the statement from Fox News’s John Roberts, who was selected by Trump to ask a question after CNN’s Jim Acosta was dissed. pic.twitter.com/Wp4PDIP4xg
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