Hours after offering his resignation, President Trump’s outgoing press secretary, Sean Spicer, assailed the news media for “bias” and said some comedy at his expense has been “mean,” as he appeared on Sean Hannity’s nightly Fox News show on Friday.
Spicer said the average American would be shocked by the ways in which news organizations in the “Washington, D.C., media bubble” select stories to tell and stories to ignore.
“I think there’s become a very click-bait mentality among a lot of reporters,” he said. He said some reporters perform their jobs honorably, but “by and large we’re seeing more where it’s about the clip or the click.”
Spicer also addressed comedy that had been based on his often-confrontational White House news conferences, including actress Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of him in several sketches on “Saturday Night Live.”
He’s “a prankster” himself, he said, and some of it made him laugh, but some did not.
“There’s a lot of it that was over the line and just wasn’t funny,” he said
In the interview, Spicer thanked Trump for the opportunity to serve in the administration and wished the best to incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Spicer’s former deputy who ascended Friday to his old job.
He called Sanders “a tremendous partner.”
Spicer said President Trump had not wanted him to resign.
“He didn’t. He’s been very gracious throughout this process,”
He said he thought it was in the administration’s best interest to give Trump a “clean slate” in his communications operation and not have “too many cooks in the kitchen.”
“I thanked him for the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to watching Anthony and Sarah do a tremendous job,” Spicer said.
He will remain on the job for “a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition,” he said.
Shortly after the appearance aired, Trump tweeted his support for Spicer.
Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media - but his future is bright!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
Also on the Hannity show, Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, brushed aside rumors of conflict between himself and Scaramucci, whose hiring both Priebus and Spicer had been widely reported to oppose. He said Spicer had done a great job, but “it’s a good thing to start fresh.”
Priebus also criticized comedy directed at the administration.
“I think ‘Saturday Night Live’ is so over the top that perhaps they should give equal time to other people,” he said.