The media mocks President-elect Donald Trump and is "cheering on" Democrats – proving how oblivious it is to what Americans outside the beltway think, incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer says.
In an interview with The Hill posted Sunday, Spicer suggested there'll be no dramatic change in Trump's often contentious relationship with the press after Jan. 20.
"Journalists and everyone in America has a Constitutional right to express themselves or write what they want to write,” Spicer told The Hill.
"But he equally has a right to make sure that the record is set straight, the facts are known, and that people can't just take potshots without being held accountable.”
The new White House spokesman decried that the media "continues to not treat him with the respect that he deserves.
"I think for a lot of folks inside the beltway, and inside pundit-world, they don't fully appreciate the understanding that he has of where the American people are," Spicer told The Hill.
"They continue to mock him in ways, when it frankly just shows the lack of understanding they have of where the American people are and what they think."
And he says the media bias toward Democrats is shameless.
"There are countless examples of the media engaging — overtly or covertly — cheering on Democrats and there's no accountability. But it's also not even frowned upon,” he said.
Trump will hold his first press conference in 168 days on Wednesday, but Spicer assured The Hill there will be "a daily something" with the media while Trump is president.
"When I say 'something,' maybe it's a gaggle, maybe it's an on-camera briefing,” he told The Hill.
"Maybe we solicit talk radio and regional newspapers to submit questions — because they can't afford to be in Washington — but they still have a question. Maybe we just let the American people submit questions that we read off as well,” he added.
Spicer also defended Trump's prolific tweets; The Hill reported the president-elect has has sent more than 50 tweets already in 2017 and has tweeted more than 34,300 times overall.
Voters don't care about his social media habit, he asserted.
"Because at the end of the day the American people want more than anything else is results. And success. And he's delivering already,” Spicer said.
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