White House press secretary Sean Spicer held his first official briefing with the media in the White House on Saturday. Witnesses say he ranted at them and then walked away [Image: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press].

Apparently the Presidential press office is now taking its lead from the Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s 1984 – in that it seems to deal in lies.

Sean Spicer’s appraisal of the Trump inauguration doesn’t need This Writer to set the record straight. As in 1984, we are all being encouraged to ignore the evidence of our eyes and ears, in order to allow the lie to become truth.

Fine. Let’s also believe this comment by Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, then:

This Site is pleased to congratulate both Mr Lineker on his amazing viewing figures, and Messrs Trump and Spicer on their amazing comments.

I’m sure they are equally accurate.

The presidency is not a reality show, but President Trump on his first full day in office made clear that he’s still obsessed with being what he once proudly called “a ratings machine.”

He cares enough about it to send his press secretary, Sean Spicer, out to brazenly lie to the media in his first official briefing.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said. And he added a scolding about widespread reports that differ from his evidence-free assessment: “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

Source: The traditional way of reporting on a president is dead. And Trump’s press secretary killed it. – The Washington Post

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