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Reporter Blasts White House Over Fake News Accusation (Video)

| by David Bonner
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A reporter lost his cool at a June 27 White House press briefing, providing the typically dull routine with a moment of excitement (video below).

It occurred after Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the media of fake news -- reiterating a common charge made by President Donald Trump.

Huckabee Sanders was referring specifically to a CNN story that falsely linked a Trump associate with a Russian investment fund, leading to a retraction by the network and the dismissal of three of its journalists.

Huckabee Sanders declared it to be part a "Russia-Trump hoax" perpetrated by the media. "If we make the slightest mistake, the slightest word is off, it is just an absolute tirade from a lot of people in this room," she said, "but news outlets get to go on, day after day, and cite unnamed sources, use stories without sources."

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In an angry response, reporter Brian Karem yelled at Huckabee Sanders: "D***it! Come on! You're inflaming everybody right here, right now with those words. This administration has done that as well."

He added: "'What you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who say, 'See, once again the president is right, and everybody else out here is fake media.' And everybody in this room is only trying to do their job."

Karem's outburst led to a firm response from Huckabee Sanders. "I think if anything has been inflamed it's the dishonesty that often takes place by the news media," she said. "And I think it is outrageous of you to accuse me of inflaming a story when I was simply trying to answer [a reporter's] question."

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She went on to address the media's coverage of the investigation of alleged Russian influence on the Trump campaign.

"I think you could take it pretty straightforward that this administration disagrees with all of the stories that claim that the president and his campaign colluded with Russia in any capacity," she said. "So I think he's been extremely clear that he believes that's a hoax, and certainly something that's not true and didn't take place. ... If the media can't be trusted to report the news, then that's a dangerous place for America."

Karem's Twitter biography, as noted by AOL News, describes him as a "producer/writer/ best selling author/ humorist/ father/ musician/ television personality/ White House reporter/ stand up comic."

According to his LinkedIn profile, he is the executive editor of The Sentinel Newspapers, which have 10,000 subscribers in suburban Washington, D.C.

His true crime book, "Marked For Death," was published by Harper Collins, which adds that he is "an award-winning investigative reporter, writer, producer, veteran, bestselling true crime author, and former correspondent for America's Most Wanted."

The publisher goes on to provide the following additional details:

He was the first American reporter allowed inside Pablo Escobar's palatial prison after Escobar's escape from Colombian authorities, and he was one of the first reporters to enter Kuwait City after its liberation during the first Gulf War. A regular contributor to People magazine, Mr. Karem has also interviewed James Carville, Mary Matalin, and G. Gordon Liddy for Playboy. Mr. Karem was presented with the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Award after he was jailed for protecting a confidential source in 1992. He lives outside of Washington, D.C., with his wife and three children.

Playboy was quick to exploit Karem's newfound fame, tweeting: "Yes, that’s Playboy’s White House Correspondent [Karem], having his "Network" moment -- and giving 'em hell."

Sources: Daily Mail, AOL News, Harper Collins / Photo credit: The White House via Wikimedia Commons, The White House via Daily Mail, EPA via Daily Mail

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