Media critic

White House press secretary Sean Spicer addresses members of the media in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House Jan. 21. This was Spicer’s first press conference as press secretary where he spoke about the media’s reporting on the inauguration’s crowd size. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Second in a likely interminable series on the proclamations of the White House press secretary.

When it comes to calling out media bias, White House press secretary Sean Spicer could benefit from a lesson or two from Brent Bozell and the folks at the Media Research Center/Newsbusters. These are the folks who task themselves with policing the mainstream media for instances of lefty bias. And when they see such instances, they simply shout, Lefty bias!

In today’s White House press briefing, Spicer took a more circuitous approach to this same vocation. On the agenda was a question about the alleged activities of Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice in requesting “the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign,” according to Bloomberg View. This is the so-called “unmasking” thing, in which U.S. intelligence agencies “incidentally” vacuum up information on U.S. persons as they go about their routine intel-gathering operations. The Bloomberg View indicates that a National Security Council official in February discovered that Rice had made “multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities.”

When asked about such allegations, Spicer said the White House supports the ongoing probes involving eavesdropping and Russia and the Trump campaign. Then he attempted to play media critic: “I think that it is interesting, the level of or the lack of interest that I’ve seen in these developments when it goes in one direction versus, where I think it was going, where other, other amounts of interest that have come from this room and beyond. I am somewhat surprised in terms of the level of interest that I’ve seen from the press corps — one set of developments versus another set of developments. That being said, I’m not going to start getting into a further discussion of that.”

Wpfhew!

Then Spicer fielded a question regarding whether Rice may have broken the law. “I’m not going to start going down that road. As we’ve said before, we go down one road, we need to go down them all,” responded Spicer, whose Down-All-Roads Doctrine could benefit from greater explanation. In any case, the press secretary then tried to tighten up his previous media criticism: “I would just say that, as again, I’m somewhat more from a media standpoint somewhat intrigued by the lack of interest that we’ve seen in some of these public revelations and reporting that have gone in that direction that we’ve seen in some of the other directions that we’ve seen. That being said, I’m not going to get into.”

And that was that. The Daily Spicer resolves to monitor future Spicer media criticism for internal logic, coherence and comprehensibility.