White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s obvious disdain for the media seems to have reached a new level.
In an interview with Lifezette publisher Laura Ingraham, Spicer accused the White House press corps of asking “snarky” questions in order to become famous on YouTube, because that is obviously the dream of any reporter.
“There’s a lot of them that want to become YouTube stars and ask some snarky question that’s already been asked eight times,” Spicer said of reporters. “There’s a bit of snarkiness now with the press, because, again, a lot of them are more focused about getting their clip on air than they are of actually taking the time to understand an issue.”
Twitter, predictably, had some thoughts:
Oh. Does the administration take issue with YouTube or reality TV show stars? I didn’t realize.
— Emily Sinclair (@SemiEmily) June 21, 2017
There is probably more truth to be found in Melissa McCarthy’s version of briefings.
— Karol Hughes (@KarolHughes) June 21, 2017
So, say, a reporter for the New York Times or Washington Post, asking tough questions, wants the credibility of YouTube stardom? Check.
— Lindsay Stewart (@lindsaymstewart) June 21, 2017
Doesn’t Sean know that YouTubers aren’t making money on ads anymore? It’s all about paid IG posts.
— Jamie McCarty (@JamieMcCarty) June 21, 2017
Spicer’s comments came after the White House’s contentious decision to hold Monday’s press briefing sans audio or video recording. This was met with chagrin from reporters and public alike:
Call me old fashioned but I think the White House of the United States of America should have the backbone to answer questions on camera.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 19, 2017
Sean Spicer showed the contempt the White House has for the media by holding a press briefing that could not be recorded in any form
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) June 21, 2017
The press secretary’s appearances have been few and far-between as it is, which Steve Bannon attributed to Spicer having gotten “fatter.”
The good news, for Spicer at least, is that his days as press secretary are numbered.