Reuters takes down live feed on Spicer home after blowback
Reuters set up a camera outside the home of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s hours after his resignation, drawing rare bipartisan condemnation on social media.
The news agency decided to take down the feed later on Friday.
Spicer abruptly resigned Friday after President Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as his new communications director. He indicated in a tweet Friday afternoon he will stay on the White House communications team until August.
Spicer lives in Virginia. The 45-year-old has a wife and two young children.
The blowback against the U.K.-based news agency was apparent on Twitter, which included criticism from both sides of the aisle.
WATCH LIVE: The scene outside Sean Spicer’s house following the announcement of his resignation https://t.co/2ZsikaLPnv pic.twitter.com/0tYapl6hxs
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) July 21, 2017
Get a grip, Reuters.https://t.co/dRY7pt8m9r
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 21, 2017
The media, being terrible at their job. Well done, guys. It’s a house. https://t.co/YGpzELdeT1
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 21, 2017
This is irresponsible. Family deserves privacy — and broadcasting their home just invites trouble. https://t.co/K8VYlSSkpM
— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) July 21, 2017
A live shot of why people hate the media. https://t.co/ptbBZlYAj1
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 21, 2017
They say God has a plan for all of us. For a lucky few, that plan is staking out Sean Spicer’s house with a camera in the middle of July
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 21, 2017
Reuters TV is running a live shot of the outside of Spicer’s house. Whatta town.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 21, 2017
This is not newsworthy. Spicer is at the White House, not at home….and he has young kids. Don’t know why Reuters would do this. pic.twitter.com/XSzYclWdGj
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 21, 2017
“We and other major media outlets were there to see if a statement would be made,” Abbe Serphos, the global head of PR and communications for Reuters, told The Hill in an email.
“When it was clear there would be no statement, we left.”
Spicer told The Washington Post he will stay in his post for a couple of weeks to assist with the transition and when he leaves, he will “continue to advance the president’s agenda.”
He was scheduled to make his first post-resignation television appearance on Friday with pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity.
This story was updated at 5:52 p.m.
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