Chelsea Clinton slammed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for "fat shaming" press secretary Sean Spicer. She apparently can’t take a joke.
The joshing started when Bannon responded to queries from The Atlantic, asking why communications briefings were being held off camera.
Bannon answered in a text message: "Sean got fatter."
Most — but not all — took the casual remark as the joke that its was, but the post also sparked public debate, and it naturally attracted the attention of Clinton.
"The White House using fat shaming to justify increased opacity. 2017," she tweeted.
Joining the Twitter wars, the White House correspondent for Breitbart News, Charlie Spiering, pointed out that the comment was a joke.
But Clinton stuck to her guns: "Oh ok. So using fat shaming to avoid answering questions about increasing opacity. Got it. 2017."
Author and expert in global democracy Briaan Klaatz posted a link to the article on Twitter.
It was a joke, but it highlights a more serious issue to the news media.
For four days last week, representatives for President Donald Trump skipped the usual on-camera briefing to take questions off-camera, noted CNN. Adding to it, networks were further barred from broadcasting audio of the briefings.
Then, in a change of events, Spicer held his first on-camera press briefing.
News media have expressed frustration at the limited press access at the White House, which was further exasperated on Monday when Spicer fielded questions for less than half an hour and refused to allow recordings of any nature.
Reporting on this, Fox 8 remarked how Tuesday’s briefing came as White House officials were mulling a new role for Spicer in the West Wing that might take him out of the briefing room for good.
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