The Trump administration started its first full working day and White House spokesman Sean Spicer held his first official White House press conference today in Washington DC. It didn’t take long for the media bias to creep in which prompted Spicer to tear into them.
NBC News reports,
Again and again, Spicer was repeatedly pressed about his comments on inauguration crowd size and whether the media could expect veracity from a Trump White House.
And Spicer hit back accusing the media of trying to undermine Trump’s credibility and achievements.
“When you wake up and that’s what you see every day…yeah, it is disappointing. Some days we do the right thing. Same days we are successful…but it’s not always wrong and negative,” Spicer said during the briefing.
The exchange was part of an, at times, adversarial relationship between the press and the Trump team.
“It is clear that Trump views the media as his number one enemy and is taking every single opportunity to try to weaken their credibility”, said Margaux Ewen, advocacy and communications director for Reporters Without Borders, North America, a press advocacy group. “Any reporting he deems unfavorable to him, any reporting that does not jibe with his administration’s message of self-aggrandizement, is called false and irresponsible.”
Spicer acknowledged that the figure he gave for metro ridership didn’t mesh with a much lower number provided by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, but said the number he offered “was provided by the inaugural committee” and came from “an outside agency.”