Well, the media got what they wanted: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s head on a silver platter. CNN’s Jim Acosta whined long enough, ABC’s Jonathan Karl was relentless in leveling accusations, and April Ryan turned her Spicer combat schtick into a job at CNN. Couple all of that media hate with mockery from comedienne Melissa McCarthy’s Spicer impersonation on Saturday Night Live and you had an effective brew to oust a member of the Trump administration. Now with Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the position, expect them to use the same tactics, or worse, on her.
What was Spicer’s “crime” in the first place? As we’ve chronicled often here at TruthRevolt, he didn’t bow his knee to the elitist media who stooped to booing him when he took questions from lesser-known outlets, and conservative ones at that.
Karl pouted from behind his keyboard back in April with a series of Tweets about the day’s press conference:
“News organizations @PressSec did not call on during today's briefing: @ABC @CBSNews @nytimes @washingtonpost @AP @Reuters, @WSJ, Bloomberg.”
“Also no questions for @CNN @YahooNews @axios, etc etc”
Spicer DID call on Fox News, NBC News, Fox News Radio, CCTV, The Daily Caller, One America News Network, The Daily Mail, Newsmax, Canada’s TVA, McClatchy, USA Today, and NPR. So unfair!
And who could forget Acosta’s steady stream of whining about having to do his job? When Spicer did a camera-free press briefing, Acosta waxed dramatic during a live report on CNN complaining that the White House was “refusing” to answer the press’s questions when in reality, he could’ve just written them down on paper. What a news diva! Of course, Acosta regularly pushed back at the accusation that the media is too focused on its anti-Trump agenda suggesting he would much rather be reporting on policy. Yeah, right.
Like Dan Gainor wrote in his piece for Fox News about the media’s with hunt, “Journalists made an extremely difficult job impossible.”
Gainor recalled how Karl showed he was “out for blood” when he once asked Spicer, “Is it your intention to always tell the truth from that podium? And will you pledge never to knowingly say something that is not factual?”
“He repeated a version of that question to incoming Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci when he stood in the press briefing room on Friday afternoon,” Gainor added.
To prove the press rarely covers policy and heavily covers the Trump administration’s treatment of the press, Gainor reminded:
On the day of Karl's question to Spicer ABC, CBS and NBC then spent 20 minutes and 18 seconds on Spicer’s press room fight. That meant they gave 12 times as much coverage to their own egos over Trump signing an Affordable Care Act executive order that reined in penalties. Journalists began an immediate whisper campaign claiming Trump was unhappy with his press secretary.
And now that Sarah Huckabee Sanders has taken over Spicer’s job, you can bet they will press even harder to make her job hell on earth. One thing is for sure: as usual, they won’t be celebrating the fact that a woman has a prominent position at the White House: