We’re less than two days into this new administration, and things are already dumb. President Trump, never one to just let a perceived slight go, didn’t care for the fact it was being reported the size of the crowd at his inauguration was smaller than Barack Obama’s.
Most people would think, “Who cares?” Well, Donald Trump does, and he sent Press Secretary Sean Spicer out to make a statement about it. As Patterico pointed out yesterday, Spicer’s little rant was filled with nonsense.
Reporters covering the White House have a duty to call out the administration. That’s to be expected, and nobody should complain about it. It gets annoying, however, when the press decides to get self-righteous about it, and that’s what I saw last night when some journalists decided it was time to pontificate. First, there was Dana Bash on CNN:
CNN's @DanaBashCNN "Sean Spicer needs to speak to the world, not an audience of one: your boss"
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 22, 2017
Then, Jesse Singal from New York Magazine:
Don't 📰 treat 📰 journalists 📰 like 📰 morons 📰 we 📰 do 📰 not 📰 react 📰 well 📰 to 📰 it 📰
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) January 22, 2017
This tweet from ProPublica journalist, Jessica Huseman, takes the cake:
Journalists arent going to get answers from Spicer. We are going to get answers by digging. By getting our hands dirty. So lets all do that.
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) January 21, 2017
This is great but I’d like to remind all those who don’t like being treated like morons or say that they need to get their hands dirty, that for nearly three years, they allowed President Obama to get away with telling what Politifact called the ‘Lie of The Year’ in 2013. “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”
In fact, the President made it a point to say it 37 times (insert ‘Clerks’ jokes here), when in fact, the President and his team knew at the time the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, many people would lose their plans:
Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”
Maybe they should have been digging and getting their hands dirty at the time. Instead, they allowed the President to lie to the American people over and over and over again. Forgive me if I don’t take their self-righteous preening over inaugural attendance all that seriously.