Back to the Bushes: Newsmax Rejects Sean Spicer’s Application to White House Correspondents Association
Former White House Press Secretary and Dancing With the Stars contestant Sean Spicer had his hopes of taking on President Joe Biden’s administration dashed on Tuesday when his employer, Newsmax, rejected his application to join the White House Correspondents Association.
Spicer, who resigned in July of 2017, gained infamy when he championed former President Donald Trump’s pathetic lies about his inaugural crowd sizes, falsely claiming that Trump had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe.”
Spicer also once retreated into the bushes surrounding the White House Rose Garden to avoid reporters. And on the shrubby sidelines, he shall remain.
Spicer recently told Politico that current Press Secretary Jen Psaki “was an embarrassment for the press corps” and that he desired a position in the White House press pool.
“I thought, why not?” Spicer said. “I cover the White House every day on the [Spicer & Co] show, and I have obviously had a lot to say about the coverage of the White House and the Correspondents’ Association over the last few years.”
The White House shot that down mighty fast.
“Jen took questions from literal Russian propaganda outlets when she was the State Department spokesperson,” a White House aide said. “Former Dancing with the Stars finalist Sean Spicer does not scare her.”
Thus, Newsmax prefers to keep Spicer on a shorter leash.
“Newsmax already had two correspondents that work with the White House press corps,” a Newsmax spokesman explained to Politico. “Emerald Robinson and John Gizzi serve as our primary White House correspondents. Given the current limited seating for daily briefings, we are pleased with our current representation, and at this time, don’t see a need for additional personnel assigned there.”
Spicer got his $75 application fee refunded, which should cover new dancing shoes.