'Lack of Credibility' Proving an Issue for Spicer

Major networks pass on exclusive paid contributor role
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2017 8:01 AM CDT
'Lack of Credibility' Proving an Issue for Spicer
Sean Spicer attends the Governors Ball during the 2017 Primetime Emmys Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The Emmys helped Sean Spicer "rebrand," according to CNN—but apparently not enough. The five major news networks have passed on the opportunity to have the former White House press secretary as an exclusive paid contributor, reports NBC News. Spicer's representatives had brought the proposal to CBS News, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, and NBC News, but none were receptive, NBC reports, citing insiders who referred to Spicer's "lack of credibility." That doesn't mean Spicer won't be gracing your TV screens shortly. Insiders tell NBC that major networks may be willing to host him, just not exclusively. There might also be a Spicer reality show in the works, one source says.

Spicer has already signed with Worldwide Speakers Group to manage his paid speaking engagements. He also has a gig as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, the New York Times previously reported. But even Harvard is taking flak. "I know people who were offered opportunities to lie for Donald Trump and quietly declined. Harvard & The Emmys calling the wrong folks," Tim Miller, a former Jeb Bush spokesman, tweeted, per CNN. President Trump, meanwhile, took to Twitter late Tuesday to bash the Emmy ratings, which he called "the worst ever," reports Politico. The show drew 11.4 million viewers, slightly more than the all-time low of 11.3 million in 2016. (More Sean Spicer stories.)

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