Playboy Writer Brian Karem Has A History Of Hostile Behavior

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta wasn’t the only reporter to have a whiny outburst during yesterday’s White House press briefing. Playboy magazine writer Brian Karem actually exploded at Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Here’s the transcript:

KAREM: Come on, you’re inflaming everybody right here, right now with those words. This administration has done that as well. Why in the name of heavens — any one of us, right, are replaceable. And any one of us, if we don’t get it right, the audience has the opportunity to turn the channel or not read us.

SANDERS: I think —

KAREM: You have been elected to serve for four years at least. There’s no option other than that.

SANDERS: I think —

KAREM: We’re here to ask you questions.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Karem later went on MSNBC to whine some more about his perceived shoddy treatment. Clearly, he was feeling burned after being shut down at the White House, and decided to let his temper get the better of him. Check out his outburst below:

But, it turns out this isn’t the first time Karem has flown off the handle at a White House press briefing. In fact, it’s something that got him fired in the past.

As GotNews reported, Karem “has been badgering speakers at administration press conferences for 25 years—in 1992, Texas’s KMOL-TV fired and then openly condemned Karem for his aggressive, disrespectful tone against then President George H. W. Bush and several Latin American leaders.”

Back in February of 1992, then-President George H.W. Bush was at a San Antonia Drug Summit press conference joined by the leaders from Columbia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. According to protocol, Karen was supposed to direct his remaining share of questions to leaders that hadn’t received any – which he refused to do, getting into an argument with H.W. Bush in the process. Here is a transcript from the interview:

PRESIDENT BUSH: This is for one of the three remaining. Please?

KAREM: Well, actually it’s for you, President Bush. The question I have to ask is –

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well thank you. I’m not going to take any more questions. I just told you. You didn’t understand it.

KAREM: Over the last – well, over the last few days –

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, this lady over here.

KAREM: Over the last few days –

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, please. I’m very sorry. You’re dealing with somebody who has made up his mind. And we’re trying to be courteous to everybody here. Now, if you have a question for one of the other three, ask it. Otherwise, sit down

He was fired from KMOL following the incident, with Karem claiming it was for simply “doing his job.” The media outlet said in a statement at the time that “A reporter’s right to question the president or any public official was never a point of disagreement with Brian Karem. His actions at the conference were the final straw in a series of misjudgments he has made. … He took it upon himself to question the president without being assigned to do so by the station. Furthermore, the belligerent attitude he displayed was unprofessional and unnecessary.”

He played the victim narrative then – and he’s doing it again now. It’s unfortunate that it’s working in his favor this time around.

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Matt is the co-founder of Unbiased America and a freelance writer specializing in economics and politics. He’s been published in The American Thinker, Rare, The Foundation for Economic Education, The Ludwig von Mises Institute, and National Review. He is the author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left. Follow him on Twitter at @MattPalumbo12.

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  • Like the truth about George Washingtons army controlling airports and airplanes and air bases during the revolutionary war hmmmmm. How about Fort Mc Henry oops that was the war of 1812. This my friend is fake news at its finest. This Orange President won't know the truth if it bit him in the rear.

  • Typical, angry, out of control, malcontent, accusing pervert. He should be denied access to the White House based on his history.

  • These talking heads think they are the power that is why they have fallen into the belief that they are the governments checks and balance. They failed at elementary school government classes. Oh wait, that's right,they don't teach that in school anymore.

  • The only ones "inflaming" the conversation is the Media!! It is THEY that are responsible for the backlash against them!! They have done NOTHING to convince most people that they are Honest, Unbiased, and NOT pursuing a Leftist agenda. As "Oldretired" (and I am Also Oldretired) says, the media has ZERO to do with Checks and Balances. The media, for what it is worth, IS a Huge part of The Problem these days!! They Fuel the unrest and angst by giving validation to the protesters, the rioters, the looters, the burners, the Assaulters and making it seem as if They are the Innocents in all this!! They are NOT!! They are the culprits of destruction and mayhem and unrest. Instead of Condemning those actions and calling them what they Are, the media looks the other way, or actually Condones and Supports them. As far as the Truth is concerned, our current media would not know the Truth if it jumped up and bit them in the Face!!!

  • Maybe someone needs to explain to him that he nor the press are part of the checks and balances of the US Gov nor are they part of the checks and balances described in the US Constitution. I mean dah? If he was my employee, he'd be looking for a job for his gross negligence.

  • This only once again proves that the lowest form of life forms on the Planet is the slime, so called News Media People. As for me he should be barred for life from any news media and sent back to slums he came from. I the pass 60 years of my 88 years on this planet I found that these pieces of crap should be ostracized from everyone and I have not believed these low life in all that time. Even if they had the truth they would twist it until it become a total lie. Where is the FCC???

  • Did this guy go to a school of journalism? If he did, I'd like to know which one. Apparently, they taught him the only way to be successful is to be rude, hostile, and aggressive in one-on-one Q&As. All Press Secretaries should note when he is in the room and refuse to call on him.

  • Mr Karem can't take it anymore, he says. People that 'can't take it anymore' are burnt out. Burn out is caused by hatred. Hatred is always compulsive and progressive as evidenced by his history. Left wing journalists (99%) spin their hatred into their tawdry useless careers. He is an angry, hate filled person with no business being anywhere near the White House, very much like the man that shot the Republican ball team. I sincerely hope he is removed from the White House for security purposes immediately. He is dangerous.

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