Spicer Resigns From White House 07/22 10:43
NEW YORK (AP) -- He won't be behind a podium at the White House, but it's
unlikely Sean Spicer will disappear from television.
Spicer quit as White House press secretary Friday, ushered out with the wish
that "I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money" from Anthony
Scaramucci, President Donald Trump's new communications director.
That's often the case in the communications business, where service in the
high-pressure crucible of the White House is prized. Jay Carney, a press
secretary in former President Barack Obama's administration, now works for
Spicer's voice would be valued at a television network, although the
polarizing nature of the Trump White House may limit his options.
Fox News Channel is the most obvious choice, as the network most friendly to
Trump's message. Spicer was booked Friday to appear for an interview on Sean
Hannity's Fox show.
Fox said of Spicer on Friday, "We talk to all major players." The network
recently hired Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W.
Bush, as a contributor, along with former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah
Other conservative-leaning media organizations have hired former Trump
associates. Boris Epshteyn is a commentator for Sinclair Broadcasting, and
Corey Lewandowski, who had a controversial run at CNN, works at One America
But it's difficult to see Fox being outbid by anyone on the right.
CNN has Trump-friendly commentators on staff, most notably Jeffrey Lord.
Spicer would seem an upgrade with his insider's knowledge of the Trump
administration, but the network put out word Friday that it wasn't interested.
CNN is Trump's leading target in his crusade against "fake news," and the
wounds are likely too fresh.
MSNBC is the third of the cable news networks with a heavy emphasis on
political talk, but Spicer would be a poor fit on a prime-time lineup that
appeals primarily to opponents of the administration.
ABC, CBS and NBC have less of an appetite for political talk, and there were
no immediate signals of interest. It remains to be seen what impact Trump's
fights with the media and, in particular, Spicer's statements at odds with the
facts would have on a news organization's willingness to employ him.