Howard Kurtz to Spicer: Don’t Trump’s Attacks on the Press Contribute to the ‘Hostile Relations’?

Sean Spicer very briefly today conceded that President Trump‘s attacks on the press are contributing to the hostile relations between the White House and the press. Howard Kurtz––who has a book coming out literally called Media Madness––contended that the anti-Trump bias in the press isn’t just about ideology, but about something cultural from Trump that just gets under their skin. Spicer agreed and said of course the media has a liberal bias, despite how much people might “whine” and “moan” over that characterization. Now, that being said, Kurtz also asked, “Does President Trump contribute to the hostile relations with his attacks on fake news and individual journalists?” “I think so,” Spicer said, “but I also think he has a right to call out when a story is false or a narrative is misleading.” Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — — Continue reading "Howard Kurtz to Spicer: Don’t Trump’s Attacks on the Press Contribute to the ‘Hostile Relations’?"

Spicer Stands by Claim in Kurtz Book That NYT Reporter Yelled at Staffer About ‘Racist’ Trump

Sean Spicer appeared with Fox News’ Howard Kurtz this morning to, in part, bolster one of the reports in Kurtz’s book. You may have heard in the past few weeks that Kurtz’s book claims New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin yelled at an RNC staffer during the election about Donald Trump being “a racist and a fascist.” Kurtz’s book says Spicer subsequently called the Times to complain, and he told Kurtz today that he did indeed do that. He told Kurtz that the staffer did say that’s what Martin told them and “they were very concerned about that accusation.” After calling the Times, Spicer claims Martin called him back and “didn’t find it acceptable that I’d gone to his editor to express my concerns.” When the excerpt from Kurtz’s book first came out, Martin rather strongly denied he ever made that comment, and some of his Continue reading "Spicer Stands by Claim in Kurtz Book That NYT Reporter Yelled at Staffer About ‘Racist’ Trump"

CNN’s John Berman Mocks Trump’s Claims That SOTU Was Most Watched: ‘I’m The Tallest Anchor in History’

CNN’s John Berman channeled his inner Buddy the Elf on Twitter today, mocking President Donald Trump for sitting on a throne of lies. Trump, who naturally posted a very Trumpian, very false account of how amazing and record-breaking his State of the Union address was, was quickly called out for how his account was erroneous and self-aggrandizing. Just another Thursday morning in the U.S. of Trump. And the typically very-dry Berman couldn’t resist a good clap back:

Sean Spicer on Steve Wynn Scandal: Republicans Should Return Money He Donated

Sean Spicer appeared on MSNBC this afternoon and spoke candidly about what he thinks Republicans should do with the millions of dollars disgraced finance chairman Steve Wynn has donated to the RNC and to various Republican leaders, and to a lesser extent, some Democrats. Billionaire Las Vegas business mogul Wynn has been facing a number of sexual harassment and abuse allegations, which forced him to resign his post as finance chairman, with more fallout sure to come. The former press secretary spoke to Craig Melvin and the RNC, along with various candidates, should return the money donated by Wynn, given those serious allegations. “I don’t know how much they’ve taken over what period of time. I think it’s silly to go back to, you know, decades ago when cycles occurred, but any money that happened this cycle, absolutely,” he said. “The right thing to do for the Republican Party is Continue reading "Sean Spicer on Steve Wynn Scandal: Republicans Should Return Money He Donated"

MSNBC’s Craig Melvin Makes Spicer Awkwardly Watch Some of His ‘Greatest Hits’

MSNBC’s Craig Melvin landed an interview with Sean Spicer, and in an artful display of savagery, made the former White House press secretary watch a highlight reel of his most embarrassing moments from the briefing room podium. “These are some of your greatest hits, so to speak,” Melvin said, before playing a montage of some of Spicer’s worst moments as press secretary, including his infamous declaration that President Donald Trump’s inauguration had the biggest audience in history. “You made some mistakes,” Melvin said at the end of the montage. “Do you regret taking the job?” “No,” Spicer replied, calling it “the opportunity of a lifetime.” “Did I make mistakes? Thank you for taking me down memory lane — absolutely,” he continued. After Melvin pressed for a clearer answer on whether he regretted taking the job, Spicer responded: “I regret things that I did that brought embarrassment to Continue reading "MSNBC’s Craig Melvin Makes Spicer Awkwardly Watch Some of His ‘Greatest Hits’"

Sean Spicer Shoots Back at NYT Reporter’s Denials He Called Trump Staffer Racist

The “he said, he said” continues between former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin. In an appearance on Fox & Friends Tuesday, Spicer cited an alleged incident in which Martin called an RNC staffer “racist” as an example of the media being biased against conservatives while claiming to be neutral. “They go out there and profess this level of being unbiased and looking after the truth and transparency, but more and more we see, especially on Twitter, how biased some of these so-called mainstream reporters are,” Spicer said. Then, Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy asked Spicer specifically about Martin’s comments, which he read about in Howard Kurtz‘s new book, Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth. “[He] made an accusation that I thought was highly inappropriate, where they accused a staffer that worked for me of being Continue reading "Sean Spicer Shoots Back at NYT Reporter’s Denials He Called Trump Staffer Racist"

Spicer Forgets Trump, Says Oprah Doesn’t Have ‘Political Infrastructure’ for Presidential Run

Spicey’s back! And even though he’s out of the White House, the former press secretary is apparently still capable of putting his foot in his mouth. Appearing on Good Morning Britain early Monday, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer weighed in on the prospect of Oprah 2020 — an idea which is all the rage after her powerful speech at Sunday’s Golden Globes. But Spicer — the former press secretary to President Donald Trump — seemed to suggest that the campaign bumper stickers shouldn’t be printed just yet. “She doesn’t have the political infrastructure,” Spicer said. “And we’ve seen this before in our history — where people who have tried to pop in who are not Continue reading "Spicer Forgets Trump, Says Oprah Doesn’t Have ‘Political Infrastructure’ for Presidential Run"