Sean Spicer isn’t known to take any guff from the media, and he proved that again on Monday, shutting down an MSNBC reporter who tried to get more than her allotment of questions.
According to The Daily Caller, the exchange happened during a question from MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson over the president’s use of Twitter. He was moving on to the next reporter — Olivier Knox of Yahoo — when Jackson tried to get another question in.
Jackson seemed to believe she was entitled to another query — “it’s a different question though,” she said to the press secretary — but Spicer was having none of it, continually repeating Olivier’s name as a sign that it was time to move on.
Take a look at the exchange:
Needless to say, Spicer’s control of the press room has annoyed liberals to no small degree. In fact, after the news conference Monday, The Washington Post published a piece decrying Spicer’s use of the word “clear.”
The piece first pointed to some of Spicer’s statements during Monday’s press conference: “The president made clear in the Rose Garden last week that he would have an announcement shortly,” “I think the president made it clear what his intention is on Friday,” and “I think the president made it very clear on Friday that he would get back as soon as possible on this” were just a few statements that were highlighted.
“The key word, which Spicer repeated several times, is ‘clear.’ That’s the word that really captures his attitude,” Washington Post writer Callum Borchers said.
“Why are you dodos asking this question? There is a very clear answer that the president clearly stated, which you should clearly know,” Borchers said, describing Spicer’s attitude.
The fact is that the news conferences have become a prime opportunity for the media to air their frustrations at the Trump administration, and part of that is asking the same question ad nauseam and expecting a different answer.
Spicer isn’t willing to play along, as Monday made clear yet again. This infuriates the media, which has made Spicer the object of much ire. The press secretary doesn’t particularly seem to care, however, and neither does the Trump administration. We’re glad, since these clips are pretty darn entertaining.
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