White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield told CNN this week that President Joe Biden and his administration’s officials might not be available to networks that “are willfully lying” or releasing misinformation.
During an interview following the inauguration, CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked Bedingfield about a line from Biden’s speech about fighting “lies told for power and for profit,” and whether that was “a direct shot at some of the media companies that lied about the election results.”
She added, “We know who they are. They are right-wing companies, some are more fringe than others, at this point, or more extreme than others. And so if they continue to engage in lies, something that he is trying to combat, what is your communication strategy, will you deny those networks any interviews, I mean what happens if they revert to form immediately?”
Bedingfield answered, “Now obviously, if media companies are willfully lying or are not carrying forth straightforward honest information from the president when we make him available, or from administration officials when we make them available, then, of course, that’s something that we are going to think about and we’re going to factor in.”
Author: Theodore Bunker