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  • ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl
    published a scathing review of former White House press
    secretary Sean Spicer’s new book “The Briefing” in the Wall
    Street Journal.

  • “Mr. Spicer’s book is much like his tenure as
    press secretary: short, littered with inaccuracies and offering
    up one consistent theme: Mr. Trump can do no wrong,” Karl
    wrote. 


  • Spicer served a tumultuous and controversial term
    as White House press secretary from January to July
    2017.


Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s new memoir
recounting his tenure in the White House received a blisteringly
negative review from ABC News
White House correspondent Jonathan Karl in the Wall Street
Journal on Monday. 

Spicer’s book, titled, “The Briefing: Politics, the
Press, and the President”
was published this week. During his
six months as press secretary, Spicer made multiple false or
misleading public statements and had a contentious relationship
with the press corps, which was frequently a subject of mockery
on “Saturday Night Live.”

“And there began Mr. Spicer’s tenure as one of the most widely
scorned press secretaries in history: a briefing … during which
he scolded the press corps, spat out false statements and left
the podium without taking questions,” Karl wrote about the
now-infamous briefing in which Spicer lied about the crowd size
at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, statements White House
adviser Kellyanne Conway later termed “alternative facts.”

“Mr. Spicer’s book is much like his tenure as press secretary:
short, littered with inaccuracies and offering up one consistent
theme: Mr. Trump can do no wrong,” Karl continued.  

Karl then went out to point out some embarrassing oversights in
Spicer’s book, writing, “Mr. Spicer has not been well
served by the book’s fact checkers and copy editors.”

According to Karl, Spicer referred to the author of the
dossier on Trump’s alleged ties to Russia as Michael Steele, the
former chairman of the Republican Party, instead of its actual
author, British ex-spy Christopher Steele. 

Spicer also referenced a supposed instance of former President
Barack Obama being asked a question during a White House press
briefing in 1999, 10 years before he became president, and called
his former boss Rep. Mark Foley of Florida “good to staff
and fun to be around,” while failing to mention that Foley later
resigned in disgrace after he was found to have been sexting
young male congressional pages. 

Karl also criticized Spicer for, in his view, wrongly continuing
to “lash out” at the media for covering the White House, and
blaming Twitter for political polarization without acknowledging
any of Trump’s or the White House’s missteps.

“In praising the president, Mr. Spicer deploys an army of
metaphors,” Karl wrote. “At various points, he describes Mr.
Trump as a rock star, an inflatable ball in a swimming pool (he
pops up whenever someone tries to take him down), the Energizer
Bunny and, finally, a unicorn on a high wire. ”

To further his point, Karl then cited an excerpt from the book,
which read,  “[Trump’s] high-wire act is one that few could
ever follow. … He is a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a
rainbow.”

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