Weekly Standard: Trumpism Corrupts: Spicer Editionby Jonathon V. Last --
The first official White House press conference is on Monday, but Sean Spicer called a Very Special Presser Saturday evening. Why? He had something he wanted to get off his chest. "[P]hotographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall," he said. After trotting out some scientific-sounding numbers, he then insisted that "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration—period —both in person and around the globe." And that "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong."
Here's what got Spicer so agitated that he had to come out and lie to reporters on a Saturday night—it's side-by-side pictures of the crowds from the Obama 2009 inaugural and Trump's. Go ahead and take a good, long look. I'll wait.
Which leads us to the question of why Spicer rushed out on Day 2 of the administration to begin his relationship with the press by insisting on a blatant, demonstrably false, lie. And please understand: That's what this is. It is not spin, or misrepresentation, or cutting a fine line. It's a deliberate lie.
And the answer is that this isn't about Sean Spicer. He's already been caught lying in the recent past.
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