Sean Spicer: Apologize For “YouTube Stars” Comment About Reporters

Target: Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary and Acting White House Communications Director

Goal: Apologize for suggesting that White House reporters “want to become YouTube stars.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has insulted reporters who complain about his inconsistency. In a recent interview, Spicer suggested that these complaints come from reporters who are looking for media attention themselves. “There’s a lot of them that want to become YouTube stars and ask some snarky question that’s been asked eight times,” he said.

The Trump White House is increasing its restrictions on the press, and Spicer has had a shaky relationship with the media since taking his role in January. He has been rude to journalists, held sporadic briefings, and barred certain media outlets from attending “private” briefings. Reporters have complained about Spicer’s going several days without on-camera briefings, which are traditionally held on a daily basis, and restricting certain media outlets from press “gaggles.”

The Trump administration’s relationship with the press is increasingly problematic, and Spicer’s comment shows a distinct lack of respect for journalists. Add your name to the petition below to demand that Spicer apologize for this characterization.


Dear Secretary Spicer,

In recent weeks, you’ve given very few public press briefings and taken fewer questions from reporters, which has resulted in complaints from the White House Press Corps. In a recent interview, you suggested that those reporters who have a problem with your sporadic schedule and lack of transparency are only looking for media attention themselves. You said that these reporters ask “snarky question[s]” and “want to become YouTube stars.”

Journalists are an integral link between the Trump administration and the American people. To suggest that reporters are questioning you for any reason other than holding this administration accountable is insulting. I demand that you apologize for this rude comment.


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Photo credit: VOA

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