We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Why outrage over Sean Spicer’s casting on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is a double standard

6 3 0
24.08.2019

Washington is full of liars: President Trump and his minions, the Clintons and theirs, Joe Biden. But is Sean Spicer a special breed of liar?

Spicer was Trump’s press secretary and will soon be a contestant for the next season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

The apoplexy was immediate: calls for ABC-Disney boycotts by Democratic activists, the Independent demanded Spicer be put on a “permanent blacklist” — even Variety, which still exists, got in on that hot outrage action.

Why all the fury?

As Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC once wrote, Spicer is “a profoundly stupid liar working for a profoundly stupid liar.”

And O’Donnell is worth consulting on the question. The finest piece of work he ever produced was a 1998 essay for New York Magazine about political spin, headlined “The Frequent Liars Club.” Who were those liars? Bill Clinton sycophants, mostly: Paul Begala, James Carville and Mike McCurry.

O’Donnell, who was a terrific writer before he was a television mediocrity, was especially tough on McCurry. McCurry had been the spokesman for Bob Kerrey’s........

© New York Post