Everyone on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” had a good laugh yesterday after co-host Mika Brzezinski played a flashback of White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressing the importance of the media.
“We have a respect for the press,” Spicer says in the video, which is from December. “When it comes to the government, that is something you can’t ban an entity from. Conservative, liberal, or otherwise, I think that’s what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.”
After a couple of snide exchanges, Brzezinski asks the panel in earnest, “Are they trying to create a dictatorship? I’m not joking and I’m not angry.”
The flash point for this “gotcha” moment was the much-reported exclusion of major media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, from a press gaggle last Friday. You know that the move had to be egregious because Dan Rather (aka the Father of Fake News) shared his shock and outrage on Facebook.
The White House defended the move by noting that is was predominantly members of the pool — the small rotating group of news organizations that share, or “pool,” their resources — who attended…