In America, at any given time, approximately half the population believes the lie and the other half doesn’t. Then the power changes hands, the pendulum swings and suddenly you’re on the side defending the lie instead of fighting it. Some of us in the middle shrug and realize it’s all a farce and do our best to ride the tide trying to pull people in one direction or another.
Even the ancillary characters in this political charade flip flop faster than a fish out of water. In fact, just this morning in an interview, New York Times White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush reports, “Mr. Spicer said he now regrets one of his most infamous moments as press secretary: his decision to charge into the White House briefing room in January and criticize accurate news reports that Barack Obama’s inauguration crowd was bigger than President Donald J. Trump’s.”
Is it not better for America, the health of democracy, and the strength of the press for Spicer to have his mea culpa mainstream media moment? It seems entirely appropriate to me that someone like Spicer, a man who admittedly helped the president gaslight America into believing blatantly disprovable lies, is embraced by Hollywood with open arms. Hollywood used Spicy to make that point, to win Emmys, and to speak truth to power or whatever—then they used him again last night for ratings.