Trump spokesman slams media for inaugural coverage

White House spokesman blasts media for “shameful and wrong” coverage of the Trump inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JANUARY 21, 2017) (NBC) – White House spokesman Sean Spicer delivered sharp criticism to the media on Saturday (January 21) for what he calls inaccurate coverage of the crowd size gathered for the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Spicer, in his first appearance in the Brady Briefing room as press secretary, chided media outlets for what he viewed in inaccurate reporting.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness and inauguration period, both in person and around the globe,” he said, adding: “attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

Trump has had a contentious relationship with some prominent U.S. news organization that he refers to derisively as the “mainstream media,” banning some news outlets during the presidential campaign and publicly criticizing individual reporters.