Author: By Callum Borchers

Sean Spicer’s utterly clueless off-camera press briefing, annotated – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS White House press secretary Sean Spicer briefed reporters on Monday. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images) White House press secretary Sean Spicer returned to the briefing room on Monday for the first time since June 26. He seemed out of the loop after the long layoff, often punting on basic questions. Most puzzlingly, Spicer claimed at one point that “there was nothing, as far as we know, that would lead anyone to believe that there was anything except for a discussion about adoption and the Magnitsky Act” when Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer last year. ...

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Sean Spicer banned TV cameras. Again. So we annotated his briefing. Again. – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens during a Jan. 20 news briefing. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) White House press secretary Sean Spicer barred television cameras from a media briefing on Friday and prohibited live audio broadcasts, marking the third time this week that spokesmen for President Trump have imposed such restrictions.  In keeping with a promise we made Monday, The Fix has annotated a transcript of the session, since it could not be seen on TV. We’ll continue the practice when White House spokesmen go off camera. To view an annotation, click on the yellow, highlighted text. MR....

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Fox News has weathered scandal and prime-time turnover, but how much more can it take? – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. (Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP) When the Republican Party convened in Cleveland in July to nominate Donald Trump for president, Fox News was led by Chairman Roger Ailes and the prime-time lineup of Greta Van Susteren, Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity. Nine months later, only Hannity and O’Reilly remain — and the future of the latter is very much in doubt. Multiple news outlets, including the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal, reported Tuesday night that Fox News is preparing to sack the King of Cable News, as advertisers flee his top-rated program in response...

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Mitt Romney’s ‘binders full of women ‘ are real. They weigh 15 pounds, 6 ounces. – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a Senate run in Utah in 2018. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) As Mitt Romney reportedly mulls a 2018 Senate bid, his infamous “binders full of women” — actual, physical binders — have surfaced. They weigh a total of 15 pounds, 6 ounces, according to the Boston Globe, which obtained them from a former aide to the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. This might actually be a good thing for Romney. Yes, the emergence of a pair of three-ring binders, stuffed with women’s resumes, is a reminder of a gaffe Romney committed during a debate five years ago. Touting...

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Steaks, wine and stacks (and stacks) of paper: The Trump White House loves its props – Washington Post

White House press secretary Sean Spicer strode to the podium Tuesday, with two stacks of paper waiting to serve as props. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) There is nothing like a visual aid to really hammer home a point. That seems to be the philosophy of President Trump’s White House, anyway. When press secretary Sean Spicer brought two stacks of paper to his media briefing Tuesday, it was not the first time he or his boss had used a prop to make a point during a news conference. Here is a brief history: ‘Look at the size. This is the Democrats. This is us.’ The piles of paper at Tuesday’s briefing represented two versions of federal health-care legislation: the original Affordable Care Act passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress in 2009 (tall stack) and the Republican revision released this week (short stack). “Look at the size,” Spicer said, gesturing to the piles. “This is the Democrats. This is us. You can’t get any clearer, in terms of, this is government; this is not.” ‘Literally 100 percent the same’ In a news briefing on Jan. 30, Spicer vented his frustration at coverage of a memo outlining the Trump administration’s plan for the National Security Council. Journalists were particularly interested in the addition of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon to the council and language that indicated the director of national intelligence...

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