While appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer shamed the media for not coming to his successor’s defense after a Los Angeles Times column compared her to a “chunky soccer mom.”
Journalists, Spicer suggested, were hypocritical for knocking Republicans for attacks they made but not going after establishment media figures like the Los Angeles Times columnist for what Spicer described as “disgusting” comments regarding White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Last week, the LA Times published a column from David Horsey who contrastedSanders’s appearance with the one President Donald Trump preferred to see in women:
- Much like Roger Ailes when he was stocking the Fox News lineup with blond Barbie dolls in short, tight skirts, the president has generally exhibited a preference for sleek beauties with long legs and stiletto heels to represent his interests and act as his arm candy.
- Trump’s daughter Ivanka and wife Melania are the apotheosis of this type. By comparison, Sanders looks more like a slightly chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids’ games.
Spicer responded by calling Sanders’s performance as press secretary “phenomenal.” “She is a great person,” Spicer added. The mainstream media, Spicer said, was “going to do everything they can to undermine the conservative movement, Republicans, and this administration.”
Horsey later apologized to his readers for using the “chunky soccer mom” description and removed it from his column. The LA Times kept, however, the cartoon drawing of Sanders as a chubby totalitarian — in the style of party members from George Orwell’s “1984” — with fish eyes diverging toward opposite sides of the room:
Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt asked Spicer why no one called out journalists like New York Times columnist Frank Bruni — who insulted Sanders’s manner of speech — for making hurtful comments.
Spicer seemed to argue that controversy surrounding Sanders illustrated a broader issue, namely that the mainstream media and American public were worlds apart in what the media should cover.
“The priorities of the mainstream media are not the priorities of where I think most of the American people are,” Spicer said.
Watch Spicer’s comments below, via Fox News.
Source: Conservative Daily