White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer came out swinging today, taking time out of what must be a very busy schedule to address--among other very important issues--the size of President Trump's inauguration crowd.
During the massive protest in Washington today (Women's March), various media said, based on aerial photos, that more people were at today's march--and at Obama's 2009 inauguration--than at Pres. Trump's inauguration.
Mr. Spicer to tongue-lash the media for allegedly misreporting the crowd numbers.
At one point, Mr. Spicer claimed that the National Parks Service does not put out crowd numbers for any events. At another point, he claimed that more people showed up to President Trump's inauguration than any inauguration in history.
I'm not sure on which (nonexistent) numbers Mr. Spicer was relying. Fortunately, he did vow to hold the press accountable for making things up.
What Mr. Spicer did not address is President Trump's reaction to the reportedly half-million people who showed up to protest the president in DC today or the hundreds-of-thousands more who protested in cities across the U.S. (and the world). That would have been interesting.
Here are some reactions to Mr. Spicer's tirade:
Ari Fleischer (GWB's press secretary): "This is called a statement you're told to make by the President. And you know the President is watching."
Steve Israel (former congressman): "This isn't a petty attack on the press. It's a calculated attempt to de-legitimize any questioning of @realDonaldTrump by a free press."
Bill Kristol (conservative commentator): "it is embarrassing, as an American, to watch this briefing by Sean Spicer from the podium at the White House. Not the RNC. The White House."
Brian Fallon (from Hillary's campaign): "Sean Spicer lacks the guts or integrity to refuse orders to go out and lie. He is a failure in this job on his first full day."
Glenn Thrush (NY Times): "Jaw meet floor"--which sums it up pretty well.