Sean Spicer Shoots Back at NYT Reporter’s Denials He Called Trump Staffer Racist
The “he said, he said” continues between former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin.
In an appearance on Fox & Friends Tuesday, Spicer cited an alleged incident in which Martin called an RNC staffer “racist” as an example of the media being biased against conservatives while claiming to be neutral.
“They go out there and profess this level of being unbiased and looking after the truth and transparency, but more and more we see, especially on Twitter, how biased some of these so-called mainstream reporters are,” Spicer said.
Then, Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy asked Spicer specifically about Martin’s comments, which he read about in Howard Kurtz‘s new book, Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth.
“[He] made an accusation that I thought was highly inappropriate, where they accused a staffer that worked for me of being complicit, saying that they were a racist, because we at the Republican National Committee were supporting our nominee,” Spicer explained.
“Donald Trump is racist and a fascist, we all know it, and you are complicit. By supporting him you’re all culpable,” Kurtz quotes Martin as saying to the staffer in an angry phone call.
For his part, Martin has categorically denied that he made the remarks, calling them “preposterous.”
“Of course I didn’t yell ‘you’re a racist and a fascist’ or ‘you are complicit’ or ‘you’re all culpable’ at anybody,” Martin told CNN. “Does that sound like me? More to that point, do those sound like real life lines any human being in the news business would use?”
But Spicer held fast to the account and said others can corroborate it.
“The numbers don’t lie,” Spicer said (a wonderfully ironic turn-of-phrase for him to use given his infamous comments about the Trump inauguration). “There’s enough people that are very well aware what went down [and] how it went down.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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