Apparently, picking fights with the press for half a year while simultaneously working on behalf of one of the most corrupt presidential administrations in modern history isn’t going to get you very far after all.
Such is what former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has learned the hard way since his abrupt departure from the Trump White House earlier this year. He left following the appointment of longtime Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci to the position of White House Communications Director. Spicer didn’t feel Scaramucci was properly equipped to do his job. On that note at least, Spicer was in the right, with Scaramucci literally lasting less than two weeks in his new position.
Since leaving the White House, Spicer has been looking for a new job — and his job search is apparently not going as well as he hoped it would. The infamous Spicer has reportedly been turned away by every one of the major news organizations, including CBS News, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, and NBC News, all of which his representatives have been in discussion with over the possibility of him becoming a paid exclusive contributor.
How far gone are you when you’re a Republican and even Fox News “won’t touch” you?
NBC spoke to an unnamed “media industry executive familiar with those conversations,” who explained:
‘The news organizations might use him on roundtables, but [a paid exclusive contributor job] is not happening.’
The apparent reason for Spicer’s lack of success in his job hunting won’t surprise you one bit.
Individuals NBC described as a “number of network insiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect their business relationships” explained to the network that Spicer’s lack of credibility is what doomed him. Indeed, Spicer became infamous for the falsehoods he peddled in his old job, seemingly more willing to stick to his boss’ explanation for things than to stick to the truth.
Additionally, Spicer made somewhat of a joke out of himself through his repeated verbal sparring matches with members of the press. He became so ridiculous that Saturday Night Live jumped on having Melissa McCarthy impersonate Spicer in a succession of sketches that proved more wildly popular than pretty much anything else on the show besides Alec Baldwin’s recurring impersonation of Donald Trump himself.
Remarkably, Spicer may get to capitalize on his status as a laughingstock, with “one person familiar with the situation” telling NBC that there are “talks about a nonscripted reality show in the mix.”
Spicer does already have a couple of gigs with a role as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a role with Worldwide Speakers Group for paid speaking engagements.
He appeared on stage at the recent Emmy Awards ceremony to participate in a joke based off one of his own most infamous gaffes as press secretary when he wrongfully asserted that Donald Trump’s inauguration attracted the largest crowd in presidential history — although it’s not immediately clear if he was paid for that gig.
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