CNN’s Brian Karem Doubles Down on WH Briefing Outburst: I’m Sorry I Held My Temper So Long


On Reliable Sources Sunday, CNN contributor Brian Karem — who also serves as a White House correspondent for Playboy Magazine and Executive Editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel — was offered the chance to apologize for his outburst during a press briefing last week where he demanded to know if Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had any empathy for parents being separated from children at the border.

Karem did apologize — but not to Sanders.

After replying the briefing clip, host Brian Stelter asked Karem, “Do you regret losing your cool?”

“I have an apology to make,” said Karem. “I apologize to every human being who has had to suffer, who have less — who has less than I do. And I did not come to the table sooner. I’m sorry to those people for waiting so long and holding my temper.”

After the briefing fight, several people on the right called for Karem’s credentials to be revoked. Fox’s Jesse Waters said he acted like a wild animal, and Lou Dobbs pondering just smacking people. Stelter played the Fox clips and characterized them as “not fans of your behavior.”

Karem responds by saying it was a simple, “softball” question, and Stelter concedes that Sanders could simply have said “yes.”

The Wall Street Journal‘s Doug Heye, who was previously worked for the RNC as Communications Director, said that revoking credentials was counterproductive.

“We had our jobs to do which was to get information out to all of these journalists so that we could tell our side of the story,” he said. “When you are shutting down access, you are cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

Heye points out that it’s important to reach another audience, but although Stelter began the segment discussing the appearance and decorum of Karem’s outburst, it did not come up again during the discussion about how the audience might react to him. It may not be as positive as he thinks.

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