Spicer Is Getting Promoted?
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"Sean got fatter."
That is literally the explanation White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon gave to The Atlantic when asked why the Press Secretary has all but ceased holding on-camera press briefings.
The White House does not currently have an on-camera or off-camera press briefing today. The troubling trend continues.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 20, 2017
On Monday, White House reporters expressed frustration that for a week there had been no on-camera press briefings from this White House, a dramatic hunkering down by the administration and near-exile of the free press. CNN Senior White House Correspondent on-air said in response to Monday's off-camera "gaggle," that the Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, is basically "useless" at this point.
And despite rumors from literally day one that Spicer is not well-liked by the President, and he certainly has little credibility among the press corps, Politico and others Monday reported Spicer is actively interviewing candidates to replace him, as he will be getting promoted to a more senior strategy role.
But back to Bannon's remarks. They epitomize the former Breitbart publisher's view of the press (not to mention, people who get "fatter.")
The media made clear Tuesday, in response to there being no scheduled daily press briefing at all today, their outrage. That tactic apparently worked, as Spicer will hold an on-camera briefing this afternoon, the first in over a week.
Former Senior Advisor to President Obama Dan Pfeiffer posted this tweet in response:
The underlying strategy here is basically Proof of Life https://t.co/ILPLTqrCVt— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) June 20, 2017
The idea that press briefings are a favor the White House does for the national media is absurd.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 20, 2017
We're all like, that's a glib, gross, body-shaming line, and it is. I can also see it being our president's reason for darkening democracy— Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) June 20, 2017
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