May 11, 2017

Sean Spicer: A three-act play

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Act I: WashPost's Jenna Johnson on Tuesday night, "After Trump fired Comey, White House staff scrambled to explain why": "As Democrats and Republicans began to criticize and question the firing with increasing levels of alarm, Spicer and two prominent spokeswomen [Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway] were suddenly speed-walking up the White House drive to defend the president on CNN, Fox News and Fox Business."

"After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these [TV standup] sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged."

Act II: "Spicer in the bushes" trends hard: "Someone mashed Sean Spicer with that GIF of Homer Simpson hiding in the bushes" ... "11 Hilarious Memes of Sean Spicer Literally Hiding in Bushes" ... "Spicer Hid in the Bushes ... and the Internet Roasted Him in Seconds" ... "A Sean Spicer In The Bushes Meme-Fest" ... "17 Of The BEST Sean Spicer Hiding In Bushes Memes The Internet BLESSED Us With Today."

Act III: WashPost "EDITOR'S NOTE" added to Jenna's dispatch: "This story has been updated to more precisely describe White House press secretary Sean Spicer's location late Tuesday night in the minutes before he briefed reporters. Spicer huddled with his staff among bushes near television sets on the White House grounds, not 'in the bushes,' as the story originally stated."

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