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New White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, just went on a 5-minute rant about how the media coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration was inaccurate (See the video in the tweet below).
One of the things he discussed (at high speed – try and keep up), was that “This was the largest audience to attend an inauguration, PERIOD.” But looking at the image below from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38682574, it’s hard to agree.
Now, one could argue that perhaps the images were taken at different times (for instance), and that Mr. Spicer is right. But there is something about a man, racing through a speech in an ill-fitting suit that is hard to trust.
The above URL ‘Trump claims media ‘dishonest’ over crowd photos‘, breaks this down in more detail. Here is an exerpt:
What are US media saying?
The new president repeated his low opinion of the media dubbing reporters “among the most dishonest human beings on earth”. Mr Spicer vowed “to hold the press accountable”.
In their reaction, major US media outlets flatly denied the claims made by the US president and his spokesman.
The New York Times, singled out by Mr Spicer, denounced “false claims“.
CNN said it did not even broadcast the spokesman’s statement live. It said the press secretary had attacked the media “for accurately reporting” and went on to debunk the claims.
ABC News also goes into detail to refute the claims.
Pro-Trump Fox News reported the claims unchallenged.
BuzzFeed News accuses Mr Spicer of lying and goes on to provide Twitter memes generated from his remarks.
For the sake of balance, here’s the Daily Mail’s take on the whole event. (If that’s your thing).