Sean Spicer: ‘Probably the majority’ of media are honest
On Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” after guest Sean Spicer admitted to having never seen President Trump naked, he and host Jimmy Kimmel got to the whole “fake news” business, with Spicer allowing that “probably the majority” of journalists are honest people who are simply trying to learn and write about the truth.
Unfortunately, he walked right into his next criticism when he said that, “I think a lot of journalists have crossed a line, which is they go on Twitter or other social media and start to perpetuate myths or make back and forth and say, ‘Well, that’s not a story — that’s a tweet.’”
When Kimmel — quite correctly — pointed out that Trump seems to brand any outlet that criticizes him as “fake news” and that “he’ll give validity to wacky news sources sometimes because they’re complimentary,” which seemed to be a “dangerous thing” for America, Spicer had an answer at the ready:
“I think it’s a two-way street. When these guys in the press corps go after the president in ways that are unbecoming — and again, it’s sort of like what your mom said: two wrongs don’t make a right — and so I think sometimes, when the press corps attacks the president, undermines him or calls into question his credibility, from the outset, I think it creates a very poor relationship overall. I think there is some area that could deserve a reset… I think Sarah’s done a phenomenal job of really trying to take the tone down and get back.”
Among the other things we learned, Spicer, after lumping all of the “media” together, said that it’s bad practice to lump a group together: “I think it’s a two-way street: if we don’t want to lump every journalist into the same thing, then don’t lump every Republican or every conservative into the same box.”
When Kimmel pointed out that that seemed to be a childish way for a White House to interact with the press, Spicer sort of agreed: “And that’s why I’m saying: I think that there is a time that we can start taking down the temperature and getting back to a more civil dialogue.”
“You mean when Mike Pence takes over?” asked Kimmel.
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