In honor of Thanksgiving, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked reporters Monday to share the things for which they’re most thankful. Graciously, Sanders began with her own expression of gratitude, with a smile:
"You probably know, and it's no secret, that I'm clearly very thankful for all of you here in this room, and I think that goes without saying."
White House reporter April Ryan -- from whom Sanders took the first question -- took a moment to count the blessings of her heath, family, and job:
"I'm thankful for life. I'm thankful for my children. I'm thankful for 20 years in this job. I'm thankful to be able to talk to you and question you every single day."
While the majority of journalists present participated in the exercise — and despite the fact that investigative questions from the press were still allowed — some in the media have attacked Sanders for posing the question at a press gathering.
Among those who were most unfavorable toward Sanders’s Thanksgiving query was National Public Radio’s Domenico Montanaro. Going on the bizarre offensive, he lashed out at the senior White House official in a series of aggressive tweets:
Harmful to a democracy?? Even more extreme was the reaction of The Daily Beast reporter Asawin Suebsaeng, who seemed to lose his mind over the innocuous request of Sanders, profanely calling it an “indignity” suffered by the White House Press Corps:
Hayes Brown — editor for BuzzFeed News — was beside himself that anyone participated by expressing gratitude for their blessings:
Incredibly, freelancer Kevin Bevan expressed outright vulgar hostility, repulsively tweeting, “Oh, f*** off, Huckabee."
Lastly, at least one journalist used the occasion for the predictably pathetic political jab, making certain no one mistakes them for an unbiased professional. Sadly, it came from none other than a children’s television producer, creator of Disney’s Sonny with a Chance:
It’s a sad state of affairs when those reporting the news are so hopelessly sardonic and cynical — let alone politically biased — as to be incapable of joining in a universal expression of gratitude for life: for the good things we enjoy and the liberty with which we are blessed, in these United States of America -- the greatest country in the world.