Spicer: Reporters are YouTube stars

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During a White House press briefing Tuesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the rumors that he might be taking on a new role at the White House.

“I’m still here,” Spicer said with a smile. “So you can keep taking your selfies.”

He added, “It’s no secret that we’ve had a couple vacancies. We’ve been seeking input from individuals as far as ideas that they have, and have been meeting with potential people that may be of service to this administration.”

“We’re always looking for  ways to do a better job of articulating the president’s message and his agenda.”  He added when they have an announcement “of a personal nature, we’ll let you know.”

Wednesday, in an interview with radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, who is rumored to be under consideration to replace Spicer as the press secretary, he commented on the quizzing, saying, “There’s a lot of them that want to become YouTube stars and ask some snarky question that’s been asked eight times.”

Spicer further commented to Ingraham, “There is a bit of snarkiness now with the press, because, again, a lot of them are more focused about getting their clip on air than they are of actually taking the time to understand an issue.”

Lifezette reported that he also added that there are benefits to doing some of the briefings off-camera:

“The nice thing about turning the cameras off sometimes, and I find this, is that it is not ‘performance art,’ as you call it, that you end up having, I think sometimes, a more substantive discussion about actual issues because they’re not trying to get their clip,” Spicer told Ingraham.

“They’re not trying to figure out, ‘How do I get on TV? How do I ask some snarky question?’ You can actually focus on the substance of the issues.”

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