White House’s Spokesman Slams Media over Coverage of Inauguration at First Briefing

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Press secretary for the White House, Sean Spicer, accused media of false reporting about the number of Trump’s inauguration crowd.

White House's Spokesman Slams Media over Coverage of Inauguration at First Briefing

President Elect Donald Trump arrives on the West Front of the US Capitol, Washington, Jan. 20, 2017 (Photo: Getty Images / Scott Olson)

On Saturday, during the first briefing of the new US administration, press secretary for the White House, Sean Spicer, accused media of false reporting about the number of Trump’s inauguration crowd, which, reportedly, was much smaller than that of Obama’s.

Spicer used up practically all the time of the briefing, speaking on this topic, and noted that “these attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the world,” the press secretary said.

The statement was made despite photos of the event, which clearly showed that some sections of the Mall, in particular, an area near the Smithsonian Institution Building and the west part of the Washington Monument, were not full with people. There also was sparse attendance along the parade route from the Capitol to the White House. However, Spicer said that some of the photos were “intentionally framed in a way” to minimize the crowd, but, at the same time, he did not provide any examples or evidence of his claims.

The press secretary took no questions from reporters and could not say specifically how many people attended the inauguration, according to the White House. He just noted that three large sections of the Mall, each of which held at least 200,000 people were “full when the president took the oath of office.”

Earlier on Saturday, during his speech at CIA headquarters in Langley, Donald Trump said that from his point of view “it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there, and they said Donald Trump did not draw well.” The US President also noted that parts of the National Mall “all the way back to the Washington Monument” were “packed.”

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  • Trustin Judeau

    Well Spencer lied but why the MSM is attacking and mocking him.He did what they do the best – lying.It is like JFS accusing ISIS of being terrorists

    • Mikey Harry Harris

      They ended up being correct. There were a lot of reasons why the crowd was thin but it did fill up. There were protesters blocking entrances to the secure areas and that hadn’t happened before. The secret service was also doing more screening than before. I am wondering if the protesters blocking the entrances and the low crowd claims are a coordinated hit on Trump’s supposed legitimacy. I suspect TPTB knew the SS was going to delay people and add in protesters blocking, it created the magic photographic moment.

  • BMWA1

    Trump supporters probably work 60-80 hours a week, I doubt many have the leisure to attend the events.

  • AMHants

    Here is an image, comparing 2009 and 2017, from the same viewpoint. I guess it depends what time of day the images were taken and of course, where the photographers were positioned.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2vuVb_XAAEnvcs.jpg

    • Lemon1987

      dont know why but to me the pic from 2017 clearly looks much more brighter and whiter than from 2009 probably crowd is much more black than ever before . lol

      • AMHants

        You should see the photos ITV (UK TV channel) used. It was completely empty and next to one, showing Obama with a full crowd. For some reason the UK media are completely freaking out, over who had the biggest crowd at an inauguration. You can actually see the steam coming out of their orifices. I suppose, if you like seeing a ‘true fake news’ journalist, in meltdown, it was well worth watching.

  • SnowCatzor

    I’m sick of that image being shown around, it’s not accurate because it was taken at 8:40am – well before the crowd got to capacity. The MSM did the same thing during the Campaign, they would use selective angles to make Clinton’s rally’s look bigger and Trump’s smaller. Even though Trump has far more actual supporters than Hillary ever did, and most of her supporters voted ‘against’ Trump rather than ‘for’ her.