Reuters Gets Well Deserved Blowback for Live Feed of Sean Spicer’s House
“A live shot of why people hate the media.”
After Sean Spicer stepped down as Trump’s press secretary this week, Reuters News put a camera with a live feed outside the man’s house. No one seems to know why.
WATCH LIVE: The scene outside Sean Spicer’s house following the announcement of his resignation https://t.co/2ZsikaLPnv pic.twitter.com/0tYapl6hxs
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) July 21, 2017
People were unimpressed and let Reuters know it.
Joe Concha reports at The Hill:
Reuters takes down live feed on Spicer home after blowback
Reuters set up a camera outside the home of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s hours after his resignation, drawing rare bipartisan condemnation on social media.
The news agency decided to take down the feed later on Friday.
Spicer abruptly resigned Friday after President Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as his new communications director. He indicated in a tweet Friday afternoon he will stay on the White House communications team until August.
Spicer lives in Virginia. The 45-year-old has a wife and two young children.
The blowback against the U.K.-based news agency was apparent on Twitter, which included criticism from both sides of the aisle.
The reaction on Twitter was swift and harsh:
Get a grip, Reuters.https://t.co/dRY7pt8m9r
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 21, 2017
The media, being terrible at their job. Well done, guys. It’s a house. https://t.co/YGpzELdeT1
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 21, 2017
This is irresponsible. Family deserves privacy — and broadcasting their home just invites trouble. https://t.co/K8VYlSSkpM
— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) July 21, 2017
A live shot of why people hate the media. https://t.co/ptbBZlYAj1
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 21, 2017
It’s like, how much more journalism could this be? and the answer is none. None more journalism.https://t.co/W5qx2zfOo9
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 21, 2017
Reuters TV is running a live shot of the outside of Spicer’s house. Whatta town.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 21, 2017
This is not newsworthy. Spicer is at the White House, not at home….and he has young kids. Don’t know why Reuters would do this. pic.twitter.com/XSzYclWdGj
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 21, 2017
Concha got this statement from Reuters:
“We and other major media outlets were there to see if a statement would be made,” Abbe Serphos, the global head of PR and communications for Reuters, told The Hill in an email.
“When it was clear there would be no statement, we left.”
This was my reaction:
I must have missed the time the media camped out in front of Lois Lerner’s house. https://t.co/zkLl8T7w9D
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) July 22, 2017
This situation is a window into the mind of our out of control media. They are in a constant state of readiness to take down the Trump administration. Anything that is perceived as a negative is immediately treated like scandal, even if it isn’t one, and dialed up to ten.
It’s the exact opposite of the way they behaved under the Obama administration where they played the role of defenders and protectors. To make matters worse, they are the only ones who don’t seem to get this.
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Members of the media do what they do because they can get away with it. This is possible because the members of the media are comfortable. Take away their comfort level by using their methods against them. Use the ‘new rules’ they deploy against them.
All Reuters reporters should be banned from the White House for the rest of the Trump presidency. They have shown they do not deserve the honor.
To make matters worse, they are the only ones who don’t seem to get this.
It only makes matters worse in the short term. Long term, it just hastens the day people see them for what they really are, and they become irrelevant.
Mike’s got it right. Given a seat at the table for so long these haughty bastards just can’t help themselves. They’re elites after all and must do the job that the people, the countless far-left screechers and the congress can’t or won’t do. They really think their job is to destroy President Trump, because only they can save the country.
I’ve stopped reading and watching all this crap, I need to cut the cord ($$$) next. I get great joy from putting my position in the editorial comments of all their websites and watch ’em explode. I complain in every airport about CNN, at the airport administration office. Just push back as best you can. Bah!
“they are the only ones who don’t seem to get this.”
Don’t believe for a minute that they don’t get it. They get it.
The truth is they don’t care. A Free press is the nations’ hope for a free people and is a defense of our Constitution. Got tired of hearing about health care but it was good to hear about issues rather than who tweeted what.
And what important issues is Reuters covering that requires exposing Spicer’s family to nut-jobs like that idiot-child who shot up a GOP softball practice?
The liberal press continually reminds me of third grade when you begin to see all the seemingly clever things you can do to impress others but you don’t have the awareness yet to realize you’re acting like and being viewed by grown-ups as an immature jackass.
It was a shame that Spicer didn’t own a White Bronco that he could slowly drive in circles around his neighborhood.
We live in a visual surveillance society. During the course of a person’s daily life, his movements are captured on camera, several times, outside his home. Intersection cameras, ATM cameras, business cameras, beach cams, public and private drones, and so on. And, the courts have held that you have NO expectation of privacy outside your house. Most people have no idea if they are being actively surveilled by cameras belonging to their neighbors, on a daily basis. And, humans are born voyeurs. And, it is unlikely to change.
The media is, for the very first time, being held accountable for their reporting and they don’t like it one bit!
I wonder whose bright idea this was.
No! Occupy Reuters.
… they are the only ones who don’t seem to get this.
The old question … are they stupid, or are they evil?
As a noted American criminal put it, “What difference at this point does it make?”
Well, maybe it does make a difference.
Krauthammer’s Law notes that conservatives think liberals are stupid; liberals think conservatives are evil.
An obvious corollary would be that one thinks that the solution is education; the other believes that the solution is suppression.
And this is the rationale for left-wing totalitarianism. One can work with stupid, but not with evil, so anything which is outside left-wing orthodoxy must be suppressed and defeated. A simple-minded view of human events, but consistent with the capabilities of the stupid.
“To make matters worse, they are the only ones who don’t seem to get this.” Oh, they get it, all right. And they revel in it.
Reuters conducts a good old-fashioned paint watching. Wonders why ratings plummeting.