Sarah Sanders Resignation


We ran the numbers: There are 2425 news articles covering this topic. 43% (1044) are left leaning, 43% (1038) center, and 14% (343) are right leaning.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ tenure as White House Press Secretary is coming to an end, as she announced on Thursday that she will be resigning at the end of the month. Sanders’ time as press secretary was marked by significant controversy. Since she replaced former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in July 2017, press briefings, a regular occurrence in former administrations, became rarer. Under Sanders, the White House has set three records for the most days between formal press briefings, with the longest stretch being the 94 days before Sanders’ resignation was announced. Sanders has come under fire from the left for repeatedly lying about the president’s actions, particularly in relation to the Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian representatives.

This antipathy was evident in the left’s coverage of Sanders’ resignation. The Washington Post ran an opinion piece excoriating Sanders for her falsehoods and calling her interactions with the media “unusually destructive” and saying that only a moral degenerate would have been capable of doing her job as well as she did. The right also focused on the contentious relationship between Sanders and the press; Fox News published an opinion article that led with the sentence “White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is turning in her microphone and no one is happier than members of the press, who already wanted to silence her.” The right-leaning piece argued that the problem was with the press and not with Sanders, and predicted that the press would hate her replacement almost immediately. The coverage run by PBS, a centrist news source, simply recounted the facts of Sanders’ hiring and resignation and then allowed Sanders to speak for herself, quoting in full her remarks about her resignation at a recent event with the president.

The majority of the coverage of Sanders’ resignation was from the left and the center, with only 14 percent of coverage coming from right-leaning sources.