After “Fox News Sunday’s” Chris Wallace criticized Kayleigh McEnany’s confrontational style on Sunday, the White House Press Secretary shot back at the host on Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends.”
Kayleigh McEnany: The press is ‘not above being questioned’
Wallace noted that McEnany had lectured White House reporters about what questions they should have been asking and were not. The Fox News host also implied that during the time he and Sam Donaldson were covering the White House, McEnany’s behavior wouldn’t have been tolerated.
McEnany told “Fox & Friends” that the press was “not above being questioned.”
Chris Wallace blasts Kayleigh McEnany for questioning the religious beliefs of White House reporters:
"I spent six years in the White House briefing room covering Ronald Reagan. I have to say, I never…I never saw a White House press secretary act like that." pic.twitter.com/o9K1LxROUV
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 24, 2020
Chris Wallace didn’t get the chance to confront White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany directly this weekend. So Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade did it for him.https://t.co/mhYoCRfmkO
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 26, 2020
Host Brian Kilmeade mentioned McEnany’s comments on Friday, saying that Wallace in particular had was angry about what she said, suggesting that she had also questioned the religious beliefs of journalists.
“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.”
.@PressSec Ends Press Briefing Calling Out The Media For Ignoring Michael Flynn Unmasking
"Did anyone take it upon themselves to pose any questions about Michael Flynn & unmasking to President Obama's spokesperson? Oh, not a single journalist has posed that question." pic.twitter.com/RjOxsIL4Ml
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 22, 2020
McEnany also said she fields hundreds of questions every day.
McEnany wanted to know why reporters aren’t asking real questions: ‘It’s journalistic malpractice not to ask those questions’
“Journalists are not above being questioned themselves,” she said. “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 finished.
I just watched the replay of Fox News Sunday. It seems that Chris Wallace viscerally dislikes @kayleighmcenany. I agree with @HolmesJosh that Kayleigh is doing a good job & that she is simply giving back what she’s getting. She’s not the aggressor, but like Trump, she fights back
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) May 25, 2020