Addressing personal attacks against current White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sean Spicer, the former press secretary, defended Sanders and denounced the behavior of the establishment media, calling one comment “disgusting.”
Spicer was speaking to “Fox & Friends” hosts on Tuesday morning (see video below) when a Friday column from the Los Angeles Times was cited. In it, writer David Horsey said Sanders was a “slightly chunky soccer mom” and portrayed her as a well-seasoned liar.
Spicer said the assessment was not appropriate, and that while the media likes to call out things that are inappropriate, they are silent on assessments of certain individuals.
““When it’s another member of the establishment media, a quote, ‘Pulitzer-prize winning, well-established journalist,’ makes disgusting kinds of comments about somebody’s appearance, there is a deafening silence from some of the network anchors so easily appalled at some of the other comments,” Spicer said.
“It’s interesting to me the one-sided faux outrage that they have,” he said.
Spicer was also asked about whether NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” – which has recently taken aim at Huckabee Sanders in a skit where she is depicted smashing the podium with a sledgehammer and wearing a pink jacket with “The Huck” emblazoned on the back – could damage her reputation.
“No, I think at the end of the day, people understand the angle that the mainstream media is coming at this from. And they’re going to do everything they can to undermine the conservative movement, Republicans and this administration,” Spicer said. “The American people are smart enough to understand how to get their information and how to make their decisions.”
The Los Angeles Times’ piece from Horsey was eventually modified, after being widely criticized for body-shaming Sanders, including in a personal appeal from Sanders’ mother.
In the original piece, Horsey said Sanders “does not look like the kind of woman” whom President Donald Trump would choose to represent him to the media. He felt the president would prefer “sleek beauties with long legs and stiletto heels” who could pass for “arm candy.”
Horsey wrote that first daughter Ivanka Trump and First Lady Melania Trump look more like the “Barbie dolls in short, tight skirts” he’d envisioned President Trump to prefer at the podium.
After later erasing the references to Sanders’ physique and appearance, Horsey stated:
I want to apologize to Times readers — and to Sarah Huckabee Sanders — for a description that was insensitive and failed to meet the standards of our newspaper. It also failed to meet the expectations I have for myself. It surely won’t be my last mistake, but this particular error will be scrupulously avoided in my future commentaries. I’ve removed the offending description.
The rest of the column is no less insulting, however. In it, Horsey writes about Sanders, saying, “[P]retty much every statement coming out of the press secretary’s mouth was a distortion of the truth.”
Regarding Spicer, he said, “When he was challenged on any blatantly erroneous statement, he would get red-faced and petulant.”
Regarding President Trump he wrote, “[T]he president was somewhere else in the executive mansion freaking out and screaming at the TV” after Paul Manafort was indicted, because he supposedly knew the event had “a great deal to do with him.”
And regarding the administration in general, Horsey said, “In the world of Trump, spin is in, ignorance is strength and facts are nothing more than what you want them to be. By that new standard, Sanders is a pro.”
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The hosts bring up the L.A. Times’ column at minute-mark 6:50 below: