CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said that the recent jobs taken by Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders deserve extra scrutiny.
Stelter explained that the criticisms the former press secretaries have received are warranted because of President Trump's consistent habit of misleading the public, with the help of Spicer and Sanders.
"The Trump White House has a record of misleading the public. All administrations spin. This administration lies consistently, whether it's Sanders, or Spicer, or other White House aides. And it’s all led from the top by a president who lies even about the weather and the time of day. That, I think, is why this deserves outrage and backlash," he said.
Acknowledging it is not unusual for former White House staffers to get jobs on television, Stelter added it's not surprising Sanders has a job at Fox News, but also said, "It should still be surprising that somebody who misled the public and defended a man who calls the press 'the enemy' would land these types of jobs."
Stelter also explained why the new jobs concerned him on his Twitter account.
Wrote this about Spicer and ABC last night, now it applies to Sanders and Fox too: How should ex-White House officials be treated when they spend months misleading the public, then seek positions of fame and privilege?— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 22, 2019
We are living through a period of official lying that's unprecedented in our lifetimes. The president misspeaks so much, with such gusto, that it's become the defining feature of his administration. This isn't about "disagreement," as you claimed. It's about deception.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 22, 2019
And those examples were called out forcefully by the press. I understand why this false equivalence feels good to you. But the current president lies at a rate that's unprecedented. Every day, he could choose to stop. Instead, the lying is getting worse.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 22, 2019