After President Donald Trump directed a pair of disparaging tweets at “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Thursday, MSNBC did more than just cover his comments — the cable network put out a pointed response.
“It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job,” MSNBC spokeswoman Lorie Acio said in a statement.
Then, CNN tweeted its support of its rival morning show hosts after Trump’s taunting remarks used insulting names and mocked Brzezinski’s appearance.
A few days before, Brian Karem, a reporter for a chain of suburban Washington newspapers, grabbed headlines for snapping at a White House spokeswoman during a press briefing, complaining about months of Trump ripping the media as “the enemy of the people” and routinely complaining about “fake news.”
The forceful new media pushback against White House criticism was probably inevitable.