In our age of 15-minute fame, late night TV will always be there to extend that to 16 minutes. Wednesday’s case in point: Former press secretary Sean Spicer appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live’s” Wednesday edition for a wide-ranging interview that covered crowd-size, press veracity, as well as his former boss’s relationship with veracity.
Affable — almost definitely so — Spicer rolled so easily with Kimmel that he quickly belied the popular impression which still endures from his seven months as White House press corps punching bag.
That tenure “turned out to be funny in a lot of ways,” Kimmel observed. “Was it for you?”
Spicer laughed: “I’m not sure I see it that way.”
A cultural phenom during his short tenure, Spicer received the ultimate accolade (Melissa McCarthy’s sendup on “Saturday Night Live”) alongside that image of someone embattled by the press on one side and an unseen (but closely observing) president on the other. He sparred with the press, and they with him. The image of a so-called “hot” personality was established while the spectacle of his daily jousts often and easily superseded the substance of the topic in question. His quotes took on a life of their own, like “that’s the silliest thing I’ve ever…
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