Jimmy Kimmel asked Sean Spicer some tough questions during an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
One particularly tough question the former press secretary faced was on so-called fake news: “This idea of fake news…do you agree that the majority of journalists are decent people who are looking to get the truth and to write the truth?” Spicer responds, “I think probably the majority. There are a lot that would rather be first than right, and I think that’s unfortunate…a lot of journalists have crossed a line where they go on Twitter, and start to perpetuate myths, and say ‘well that’s not a story, that’s a Tweet.'”
But Kimmel didn’t drop it there.
“But the president — it seems that what he calls ‘fake news’ is really anything that criticizes him, and then he’ll give validity to wacky news sources sometimes, because they’re complimentary. Do you think that’s a dangerous thing? To delegitimize the press?”
“Well, I think it’s a two way street,” Spicer replied.
“So when you say there were two wrongs, you mean Donald Trump, the president, was wrong,” Kimmel states.
“No, no, I didn’t say that.”
You can watch those remarks in the full interview below, starting at the 9:37 mark:
Spicer went on to say that “a free press is paramount and what makes our country great.”
Kimmel also confronted him on the inauguration crowd lie that became infamous early in Spicer’s time as press secretary, backing him into a corner and forcing him to admit Donald Trump forced him to lie. That appears about four minutes into the interview:
“Did you try to talk him out of that line of defense?” Kimmel asks, incredulous.
“There was a lot of us that wanted to be focused on his agenda, what he spoke about, his inaugural address. So, you know, look, he’s president, he made a decision…”
“You have to go along,” Kimmel interjects. “Even if you know — and I’m not going to ask you to say whether it was or not — but even if you KNOW the crowd wasn’t bigger, as press secretary, you have to say that it was.”
“Look, your job as press secretary is to represent the president’s voice, and to make sure you are articulating what he believes. His visions on policies, on issues, on other areas that he wants to articulate. Whether or not you agree is not your job.”
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