“Donald Trump’s ‘running war’ on the media is continuing into his presidency, with statements over the weekend calling into question the extent to which information from the White House can be trusted,” TV writer David Bauder reports for the AP.
Bauder notes that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was scheduled to hold his first daily press briefing today, and “could face questions about a statement Saturday night that included demonstrably false assertions about the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration and a promise by the new administration that ‘we’re going to hold the press accountable.'”
The report quotes Dan Rather commenting on the situation Sunday, saying: “I hope that people will stop, pull back for what we in television call a wide shot and see what is happening. This is a deliberate propaganda campaign.”
Bauder adds that Trump over the weekend “took exception to stories saying the crowd for Friday’s inauguration was smaller than those for predecessor Barack Obama. Trump declared that journalists are ‘the most dishonest human beings on Earth,’ saying ‘I have a running war with the media.'”
“Spicer made two unprovable statements in his briefing: that photographs of the audience at Trump’s inaugural were intentionally framed to minimize the appearance of support, and that Trump drew the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration,” the report adds. “But he also made statements that were quickly disproven: that the Washington Metro system recorded more riders on the day of Trump’s inaugural than when Obama was sworn in for his second term, that Friday was the first time that white floor covering was used on the Washington Mall, amplifying empty spaces, and that it was the first time spectators were required to pass through magnetometers to enter the Mall.”
Spicer’s briefing Saturday was carried live by Fox News Channel and MSNBC, with CNN airing highlights and posting the briefing.
Here’s the briefing, posted by CNN …