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Kurtz: Why is the trump card of the speaker is a no-win proposition
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the difficulties faced Trump the first spokesman Sean Spicer, and how they continue to afflict Sarah Sanders.
Note: Catch my interview with Sean Spicer on Sunday’s “MediaBuzz”
“Sean, we are getting killed in the media.”
With the words, President Trump his press Secretary said that while it was not his fault, “we need to change some things.”
And the change agent was Anthony Scaramucci. Sean Spicer was immediate reaction, take him to the communications office, with so little experience,” was how a student pilot asked with an hour to take the stick of an F-22 in mid-flight.”
This moment Spicer turbulent six months in office, he is told in a new book, “The Briefing: the politics, The press and The President would end in a small dining room of the Oval Office”.
Hours later, after consulting with his wife and his mother, Spicer Trump handed over his resignation letter, the office needed a “fresh start”. The President said he needed Sean, as part of the team. But Spicer said to him, “I have to the story.” Fairly or unfairly, he writes, “I had already defined. There was no potential for a do-over.”
Spicer makes it clear that he is not a Mooch fan. If they overlap, because the “faux” man hug.'” It Scaramucci was to start the threat, fire, leaks the people at the root. Spicer, shows no emotion in public, when Scaramucci was fired, now an ACE is confident that “the President thought he had rented, when, in fact, he had hired a kamikaze pilot.” (Spicer, a Navy veteran who loves this martial metaphors.)
It is now clear, from the huge flak Huckabee Sanders is addressed to Sarah that Trump the speaker is an almost impossible task. But the book is not primarily a score-settling venture, although there are numerous recordings to the press. There are also some soul-searching about its strengths and weaknesses, which played on a very public stage.
During the transition, Spicer admits, “I knew in my heart that I was better suited to the role of communications director,” but the offer was rejected on the podium, “too tempting.” He also had to cope with the fact that his father, who is ailing during the campaign, had died during the transition, and a condolences call from trump.
Spicer offers his fullest account of the disastrous first day on the job, when Trump told him to push back on television reported that its premiere audience was smaller than Barack Obama. Spicer stretched the truth by throwing in the digital audience, and Trump told him, he was satisfied with his performance, to consult with his failure in advance, with his ill-fitting suit.
“I would have lowered the temperature, and not so generally discredited, that the media, the motives … I was giving a bad first impression,” Spicer now, and in retrospect, was “the beginning of the end.”
During his tenure in the last year, he was often asked Trump’s nonstop tweeting. To Trump In the book, Spicer points, the Insane rage on the criticism of the “Morning Joe” duo, and his attacks on the “Psycho Joe”, “low – I. Q. Mika” and her alleged plastic surgery.
After such outbursts, says he expects “the media often that I am an Ombudsman, if not an outright apologist for Donald Trump’s tweets.” But Spicer is its task was to interpret the communication of the President’s views, “to” or “massage” or “tweak”.
In this case, Spicer acknowledged, trump blunt the momentum from a successful speech to Congress: “Sometimes he is cutting the opposition and sometimes it is cut up to his own best news.”
The Briefing deals with the other missteps, to demand from his mangled answer about the Syrian chemical attacks and Hitler’s “Holocaust centres” to his surprise, that all of his employees to turn off their cell phones in an effort to leakages around the root. Trump’s response: “Sean, what were you thinking?” His experience with the President, he says, “that was the worst of it.”
Spicer devotes a lot of space to media error, partiality of the media and what he sees media as an injustice to his former boss. He singles some journalists by name–CNN’s Jim Acosta and two CNN contributors, radio reporter, April Ryan and Playboy columnist Brian Karem–for trying “to a cable star by generating fake controversy and outrage.”
But Spicer also calls Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, with whom he often came to each other, “a smart and stubborn reporter with good sources … in the course of time—a therapist would have made a fortune from the amount that Maggie and I have learned how to hear and listen to each other.”
From Spicer for the last few weeks in the spring of 2017, he was disappointed with the daily briefings and drew more of them in front of the camera. He says he and Sanders were frustrated that “the briefings had in the rituals, in which journalists asked the same questions to Russia-questions—over and over—knowing that you would get no different answers, but raise the volume and emotion with every run.” The media, Spicer says, “wanted to be the briefing news and was looking for any possible misstep as a ‘gotcha’ moment.”
Well, this is true for all presidents since the beginning of the regular camera-briefings in 1995 (although in any other administration, you were on television regularly in the trump era). The frustration can also the increasingly combative nature of his own dealings with the press. As Spicer says in the description that the time, “I knew that my relationship with the press was radio active, and I said that the President and Reince, I would like to support the appointment of a new spokesman, so that I could focus on the Director of communications.” The problem was that they could find someone, and when Sanders took over, the exiled audio-only briefings were to a large extent.
What is in the book, a fighter and even more thoughtful spokesman for the Melissa McCarthy cartoon on “SNL.” And yet, there were moments where he just seemed snakebit.
On the day after Spicer’s defense played as a Trump James Comey, he was scheduled to meet fired, his Marine Reserve duty at the Pentagon. The next day his wife told him of the CNN-MISS-breaking-news banner: “SPICER PRESS BRIEFING the DAY AFTER COMEY WAS FIRED.”
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.