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White House’s Spicer Falsely Accuses Media On Crowd Estimates

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White House’s Spicer Falsely Accuses Media On Crowd Estimates

White House press secretary accuses media of misreporting inauguration crowds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Saturday accused the media of framing photographs to understate the crowd that attended Donald Trump’s inauguration, a new jab in a long-running fight between the new president and the news organizations who cover him.

In an unusual and fiery statement on Saturday night, White House spokesman Sean Spicer lashed out about tweeted photographs that showed large, empty spaces on the National Mall during the ceremony on Friday.

“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said in a brief statement. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm about the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

Washington’s city government estimated 1.8 million people attended President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, making it the largest gathering ever on the Mall.

Aerial photographs showed that the crowds for Trump’s inauguration were smaller than in 2009.

Spicer’s rebuke followed a larger-than-expected turnout for women’s marches protesting Trump across the United States on Saturday, including at the flagship event in Washington, where a crowd of hundreds of thousands clogged the streets and appeared to be larger than those who came for Trump’s inauguration.

Spicer, who did not take questions from reporters, said spaces for 720,000 people were full when Trump took his oath.

He also said the National Park Service does not put out official crowd counts. “No one had numbers.”

Washington’s Metro subway system said 193,000 users had entered the system by 11 a.m. on Friday, compared with 513,000 at that time during Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

On Saturday, Metro reported ridership of 275,000 at 11 a.m. as it struggled to handle the crowd converging on downtown Washington for the protest march.

Trump has long used the media as a foil during his unconventional climb to the White House. On Saturday, he blamed the media for making up his feud with the CIA over its investigation into Russian hacking.

Spicer also criticized a reporter who made an error in a pool report during a brief ceremony in the Oval Office on Friday. Earlier, Trump called out the reporter by name at the CIA headquarters.

“There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable, and I’m here to tell you it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable as well,” Spicer said.

(Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert and Andy Sullivan; Edited by Kieran Murray and Mary Milliken)

IMAGE: Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement at the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, January 21, 2017.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria



  1. dbtheonly January 22, 2017

    Ari Fleischer has suggested that the statement was given at the direction of Despicable Donald. I’d suggest it even sounds like something he’d say. Even including speaking of the President in the third person.

    Not sure if that’s a plus or a minus though.

    1. glynnis bugati January 22, 2017

      An old wingnut spokes-liar covering for the new one.

      1. dbtheonly January 22, 2017

        Yes, but I suspect we’ll appreciate Shrub more and more over the next four years.

        1. glynnis bugati January 22, 2017

          It won’t be long until Shrub is no longer the Worst President Ever. I’m sure his mama is thrilled.

          1. dbtheonly January 22, 2017

            Shrub was never at risk for being worst. Not bottom 5.

          2. FireBaron January 23, 2017

            Yes he did, and even though the package of economic relief was drafted, passed and signed on his watch, the GOP still tries to blame Obama for that – even though all the car company loans were paid back in full with interest.

          3. dbtheonly January 23, 2017

            Yes, when I saw the Republicans in Congress opposing the very same programs they’d, kinda, supported under President Bush; I knew we’d seriously underestimated the cooperation President Obama was going to get.

  2. FireBaron January 22, 2017

    I guess the live press coverage showing the scant clouds on Friday wasn’t real.

    1. InGen12 January 22, 2017

      Or the empty seats along the parade route. The seats next to the presidential viewing box were unoccupied also!

  3. Michelle January 22, 2017

    Looks like Spicer was thrown under the bus. If he could be so blind that he made the statement about the size of crowds and offered comparable pictures, we all got the message that he was willing to be Trump’s little puppet and would lie about anything just so Trump will let him have the job. How does a good man go home and face his own family or friends when he was so desperate to keep his job that he was willing to spread such falsehoods. Kellyanne Conway was willing to dress up like a nut cracker to keep the voters from thinking that Donald Trump was nuts; and now Spozer is willing to lie about crowd size just to back up Trump’s claim of being a victim of the media. What difference does it make about how many were in a crowd–seems like Trump just doesn’t get the message of all the people at the Women’s March.

  4. William LJ Clark January 22, 2017

    The country has to put up with the White House bull for 4 years?

  5. avesraggiana January 22, 2017

    Previous Presidents wouldn’t have publicly disputed or cared about the size of their inauguration crowds. They certainly would never have dignified this silliness by trotting out a White House spokesman to speak on their behalf.

  6. FT66 January 22, 2017

    Childish. When people are in serious business they really mean business. What is this battle for Sean Spicer?

  7. Lola Johnson January 22, 2017

    This war against the press is not just an ego trip. It is a careful plan to remove all public trust in the press. If we can’t believe anything they tell us, then we MUST believe what donnie says.

    1. avesraggiana January 22, 2017

      Must have learned this tactic from his friend, “Volodya” Putin. Trump has certainly been a conscientious student of his.

  8. Dan S January 22, 2017

    Waaaaaaaaaaah that’s all I hear from this new administration. Trump insists more people went to his inauguration than Obama. Um yeah right ????

    1. InformedVoter January 22, 2017

      Actually Dan, they’re correct. More attended Trump’s inauguration than attended Obozo’s 2013 inauguration.

      1. FireBaron January 23, 2017

        Except the comparisons were with his first in 2009, not the second. Generally, Presidential 2nd term inaugurations have significantly less attendees. Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama all had significantly lower numbers for their second than their first.

        1. InformedVoter January 27, 2017

          Yes, second inaugurations have fewer folks attending. But social media in 2017 is significantly larger now than in 2009. Hence President Trump is correct when stating his inauguration had the highest attendance in history.

  9. InGen12 January 22, 2017

    Unfortunately, this is the type of WH press conferences we can look forward to. Spicer’s first official press conference was a complete and utter fail!

    1. FireBaron January 23, 2017

      How could it be, when Brietbart reported it as the greatest and most successful press conference in the history of the universe!
      Oh, and that’s what an “alternative fact” looks like, when written in sarcasm. That’s for our friends like ‘Zilla, Box and ‘fun, just in case they do not understand sarcasm or irony.

  10. LCR78 January 22, 2017

    Must have been a study of one for Trump’s spokesman to make a stupid statement like this. Pictures from 2009 don’t lie. He didn’t have much of a crowd compared to Obama. You can almost always tell when Trump’s people are caught in a lie, they blame the media.

    1. FireBaron January 23, 2017

      Actually, there’s an easier way – Their lips are moving!

      1. LCR78 January 23, 2017

        True. That is another good way.

  11. Joyce January 22, 2017

    AND — Melania did not plagiarize Michelle Obama’s speech at the Republican convention, either! Lying sack of sh*t. Face it, Idiot–the people HATE Trumple-Thin-Skin.

  12. jamcrky January 22, 2017

    I think someone on Facebook explained it very well………..He said that those white areas in the photo is actually the KKK members with their white hoods and white sheets…..

  13. itsfun January 22, 2017

    He was including the TV and internet viewers all over the world.

    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 22, 2017

      Hey moron…Spicer wasn’t including the 500,000 women in DC who all had PROTEST signs. Time for you to hang it up.

      If we shaved your head along with Spicer’s, both of you would look just like the dicks you are.

      Those protests were the largest this country has seen since you and your Republicans pulled off another kind of burglary…WATERGATE…remember how for 18 months Tricky Dicky complained he couldn’t stand the noise inside the White House from the protestors outside?

      That is NOTHING to what you are about to get. There were NO Trump support groups…Once again you lie lie lie lie lie. Get off the booze hick. Your Messiah of Moolah is not going to get the chance to kiss Russian ass at the expense of any more of oure elections. Better go and hide…Shaving your head will be such fun.

      1. InformedVoter January 22, 2017

        Sorry Elle, but you keep posting lies. I guess you feel better, but no matter how much you continue to lie, you still can’t get past your penis envy!
        Trump had a larger audience than Obozo did for his 2013 ceremony. Even the left media admits this.
        Your paltry women’s march didn’t draw as big a crowd as they hoped. Besides, the march will accomplish nothing. Planned Parenthood will be defunded as well as Obozocare. You can shave your head if you wish, but progress will be made.

        1. Eleanore Whitaker January 23, 2017

          You can keep calling me a liar asshat. But your posts NEVER NEVER NEVER have one single certifiable proof of what you post. Your Baron of BS is on his way out. You live like he does in that alternative reality. In other words, fantasyland.

          900,000 protestors is paltry? When Your big MONEY MESSIAH couldn’t even get 1500 to attend his swearing in?

          It accomplished what it was intended to…a show of power and might over morons like you who actually believe you are oh so powerful. Be afraid now…Be very very afraid. You piss off the wrong people and they’ll shave your head and your balls. Not to mention shipped off to your COMMIE loving Russia.

          How are your comrades doing in Moscow these days? Grabbed any pussies lately Commie Lover? Your election rigging days are over.

          You think you will force people to die just so you can sit on your hick lard ass and push others over the edge? And they’ll just take whatever you dish out? Think again you sicko bastard.

          1. InformedVoter February 6, 2017

            Oh poor hate-filled Elle, You demonstrate how bitter you because you never had a good job and were nothing but a coffee fetcher.
            The right to life march outdrew the women’s march and despite what the FAKE MSM publishes, President Trump’s crowd was as large or larger (counting electronic attendance) than Obozo’s 2008.
            Regarding proof, you spewed lies about President Trump being about to be arrested, etc, and NONE of that ever did or will happen! You just can’t get over that the MSM was lying to you low information folks and that the majority of Americans gave President Trump a MANDATE! I provided links that showed that HilLIARy was behind are you just replied with hate-filled garbage! Typical response for a person who has no facts.
            Here’s a link I’m sure you’ll love.
            Time for you to seek out one of those crying rooms!

          2. Eleanore Whitaker February 6, 2017

            Oh poor pigface Itsy…You are about as informed as Trump, Twatzilla Conway and Peckerhead Spicer.

            I am going to continue to prove that you and your murdering, lying bastard Putin are in cahoots with Trump. He tweeted 2 weeks ago about his phone conversation with Putin who had the dissenter journalist Boris Nemtsov murdered in broad daylight on a public Moscow street. You love murderers don’t you pigface? That because you live in a prison and you know you can’t be freed? Try again uninformed Trumpdung.

          3. InformedVoter February 12, 2017

            Poor Elle, you’re so filled with hate that you can’t keep your lies straight!

            You spouted off about how your beloved governor will be prosecuted for bridgegate, but they are not even pursuing the charges anymore.
            You, almost daily, claimed the President Trump would be removed from the GOP ticket because of some made up law suits. So how do those lies work out for you?

            Try a little knowledge, it will go a long way.

    2. elw January 22, 2017

      Honestly, itsfun, you think that explains it? You are aware that Obama could do the very same thing – but beats Trumps pretend numbers by just those who were there in the flesh. Pathetic.

      1. itsfun January 22, 2017

        Honestly it is reported that there were more viewers on TV and other media than ever before. More people have access now then before. I really don’t care how many attended or watched or listened. Just posting the numbers he gave included viewers.

        1. I Am Helpy January 22, 2017

          Even if you dumb lie was actually the case – and it flatly is not – it still wouldn’t make what he said true.

        2. elw January 22, 2017

          Honestly? Nothing honest about any of your comments. And none of them change the fact that Trump and his Administration are misrepresenting the facts when they claim first place in attendance at his inauguration. He had the lowest attendance since 1992. The big question here is why would a President lie about such a petty thing?

          1. itsfun January 22, 2017

            You must never watch anything except Chris Mathews and his bullsh_t. I said it was reported there were more tv viewers and internet viewers than ever before. Your so damn smart – prove I lied.

          2. elw January 23, 2017

            Actually, itsfun, saying “it was reported” is not proof that your claim is true. I do not have to prove you lied, you need to show the source of your claim if you want to be taken seriously. In any regard it is meaningless unless you go back and add those same figures to Obama’s figures as well. BTW, I do not watch cable new – I do not get cable TV. See wrong again. You are very good at that.

          3. itsfun January 23, 2017

            Like I said if you think I lied then prove it. I don’t care if you take me seriously or not. Just don’t read my posts. You are very good at being the south end of a north bound horse.

          4. InformedVoter January 22, 2017

            Sorry elw, but even MSM sources admit that Trump had a larger audience for his ceremony than Obozo did in 2013.

          5. elw January 23, 2017

            Picture do not lie, but MSM sources have been know to be wrong. If you take the word of one source to make your voting decision on – you are not informed, you are brain washed.

          6. InformedVoter February 6, 2017

            Sorry elw, but the MSM showed pictures taken days before the inauguration and of course the streets were vacant.
            Don’t forget, you’re talking about the same MSM that published FAKE polls that showed that HilLIARy was ahead (I provided links to polls that showed otherwise). So, as long you’re content to believe NYT, WP, CNN, USA Today, etc, knowing they make up stories and facts, then you’ll just be another low information person.
            FYI, I live outside the USA for almost 6 months and I can tell you that the foreign press was not kind to Obozo. And they were the source of my correct polls.

          7. elw February 6, 2017

            The picture that were so widely shown were not taken by MSM. You cannot change fact by comparing a first time inauguration to a second one (although Obama 2nd term inauguration had larger crowds than trumps 1st). That is called “fake news.” I am sure you are as selective with the foreign news you read as you are with your source for fake news. However, I am sure that Trump is breaking all records for the number of people protesting him, not only in the US but across the world; do not forget, that he currently hold the record for the lowest approval rating of any President, since those number have been followed, of any President in his first month in office and Trump is only starting his third week in office.

          8. InformedVoter February 12, 2017

            Sorry elw but your numbers must don’t add up. Just like the women’s march. The MSM claims they had more than President Trump’s inauguration, but the right to life had a larger crowd than the women’s march. So, the consensus from overseas is that President Trump HAD the larges audience of any president.
            Regarding the approval rating, if you remove the bias, then President Trump’s ratings are in the mid-50s. If you use the same filters for Obozo, his ratings are in the upper 30s.
            Funny how the MSM doesn’t quote the filtered poll numbers. They didn’t do that for the election polls and how did that work out for them?

          9. elw February 13, 2017

            Come back when you have something to say that is actually based on facts and reality to say.

          10. InformedVoter February 16, 2017

            That’s the problem with you low information folks, you’re still in self-denial and in meltdown mode.
            If you wish to upset a conservative, tell them lies (like you do), if you wish to upset a liberal, tell them the truth (like I do)

    3. I Am Helpy January 22, 2017

      “My girlfriend’s Canadian.”

    4. Thoughtopsy January 22, 2017

      “That’s what he meant…”

  14. Dominick Vila January 22, 2017

    The most incredible statement Spicer made was that the protesters in cities like London, Rome, Paris, and Tokyo were actually rallying in support of Trump!!! I guess we should all have our brains re-wired and interpret the signs the marchers were holding, which read: Love Trumps Hate, Trump = Hate, etc as endorsements of The Donald. Looks like the new norm is Disinformation on steroids. In any case, I would not like to be in the shoes of the Park Service civil servant that released and posted the pictures that compared the crowd that attended President Obama’s inauguration with the one that attended Trump’s. The pictures have been removed from the Park Service website, but that doesn’t mean the “guilty” person is off the hook.

    1. elw January 22, 2017

      The way I look at it the more time they have to take to put together lies to defend their lies, the less time they will have to do damage to the Country.

      1. FireBaron January 23, 2017

        The problem is their “alternative facts” rarely agree with each other. Kind of hard to defend them when three different people are stating three different “alternative facts” regarding the same thing.

        1. elw January 23, 2017

          Basically they are a mess. Their Cabinet picks, seem not to agree with the policies Trump has claimed over and over again. They have started their tenure in the White House with only two or three of their Cabinet picks confirmed and most who have not been given security clearance as of yet. First President in my memory who has walked into the White House with active legal issues and set court dates and a scandal with enough of something behind it that the FBI is already investigating it. Add to that the flow of lies that are so easily disproved, and Trump’s already low approval ratings heading South and you have a dangerous and failed President before he been in office 48 hours. Historic, one of Trumps favorite word, but not in the way he would have liked to see it applied. .

    2. ralphkr January 22, 2017

      Actually, Dominick, there were at least two Pro-Trump rallies outside the USA. One was in Moscow where they even minted a new “Trump” coin in honor of their flunky becoming the US president and the other was in Nigeria where the pro-Trump protestors expect Trump to make their area an independent Biafran state. At least 20 Trump supporters were killed by Nigerian authorities and over 200 have disappeared.

      1. Dominick Vila January 23, 2017

        This should be enough for Kellyanne Conway to demonstrate the existence of “alternative facts” to the satisfaction of Trump’s minions.

  15. A. D. Reed January 22, 2017

    Did anyone catch Kellyanne Conway blathering with her usual disingenuousness (i.e., spouting her endless, angry lies) that Sean Spicer was simply “using alternative facts” and that if the media continued challenging those alternative facts the administration would have to “rethink our relationship with you.” As in, “with you people.” As in, we will lie when and where and how we want, and if you dare call us out on it, we simply won’t ever talk with you again.

  16. elw January 22, 2017

    OH, MY; The only thing “historic about the Trump Administration will be the number of lies told that are so easily disproven. Already this morning there are pictures up showing the very same lawn protectors being laid into position for President’s Obama’s inauguration. What I am the most amazed about are the amount of lies they tell with no real reason or gain from telling them.

  17. I Am Helpy January 22, 2017

    This is hilarious. The only successful President they know is Obama, so these unprepared weenies are just going to copy everything he did and hope that works.


    1. InformedVoter February 6, 2017

      Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic poster of “usually inaccurate” lies, you still don’t get it do you? The MSM is all FAKE otherwise how do you explain this?
      17.3% accurate! HA, Ha, ha

      1. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

        So no quote, huh.

  18. zorro037 January 22, 2017

    This guys have no shame they’re able to say President Obama vote for Trump. Just wait for a few months. They are the liars who tell all the lies, to take that line from Al Franken.

  19. Shooter2 January 22, 2017

    Trump and his entire cabinet members are all liars.

  20. Thoughtopsy January 22, 2017

    “Like my boss, I don’t take questions when I’m clearly lying.”
    – The News-Spicer-in-Chief

  21. FireBaron January 23, 2017

    Wah, wah, wah! I say we have the biggest crowds, despite the fact an ISIS terrorist could have driven a semi through them and not hit anyone! Wah, wah, wah!

    Yeah, I know that’s a bit of dark humor, even from me. Something about this group of amoral, self-serving hypocrites that now make up the executive branch that are going to be bringing it out in me for the next couple of years.
    I guess this means we will have to wait until 2019 when Steny Hoyer takes over as Speaker and starts impeachment proceedings against both President Teflon Donnie and Vice-President Pence.

  22. pisces63 January 23, 2017

    They even copied Obama’s inaugural cake. Guess that was made up, too!!!


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