Trevor Noah made fun of Sean Spicer on Wednesday’s Daily Show, likening the “incompetent” White House press secretary to an “overworked kindergarten teacher.”
The Comedy Central show mixed file footage of Spicer responding to journalists’ questions with a classroom full of schoolchildren peppering a teacher with questions.
Noah was clearly targeting the Trump flack, but he may have unintentionally made the White House press corps look pretty ridiculous as well, particularly since Spicer took on the role as press secretary.
It’s not like they’re unaware of their own problems. Just two days into the Trump presidency, after the spokesman got into a fight with the media over the crowd size at the inauguration, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asserted that “we need to be careful as reporters and as journalists not to take the bait and not to get into an endless discussion about issues that are trivial.”
However, the press has continued to do just that over the past two and a half months. A day after Karl gave that advice, several journalists hounded Spicer over whether the president brought people with him to the CIA headquarters to cheer for him.
Of course, the Trump administration has done plenty of things that are worthy of receiving a healthy grilling from the press. But the mainstream media’s liberal slant too often gets in the way of doing their jobs properly.
April Ryan, who famously sparred with Spicer (which led to wild charges of racism and sexism), falsely accused President Trump of claiming that white people “made” America. Ryan subsequently doubled down on this accusation.
Then, after Spicer called out the journalist for shaking her head at him during an exchange, ABC’s Whoopi Goldberg mockingly wondered, “Is she five?” If the shoe fits, perhaps she and other members of the media should wear it, particularly since there are more than a few examples of such poor behavior.
The press secretary lectured Glenn Thrush for not waiting his turn to ask a question in February 2017. However, Thrush hasn’t been the only offender in this regard. Jonathan Karl himself interrupted AP’s Julie Pace in March 2017, which led to a scolding from Spicer.
When NBC’s Peter Alexander and Hallie Jackson tag-teamed the White House flack, which led to Spicer to remark that they had an “NBC thing” going, their colleague Katie Tur snarked, “It’s called journalism.”
After such condescension, the press then oddly wonders why they have a problem with the public. It’s not just their bias, but, at times, their child-like conduct.
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