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Spicer: CNN 'doing a disservice' by boycotting White House Christmas party

Spicer: CNN 'doing a disservice' by boycotting White House Christmas party
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Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerOvernight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Biden moves vaccine eligibility by almost two weeks Easter Bunny pays surprise visit to White House briefing room MORE on Wednesday slammed CNN for boycotting the White House Christmas party, saying the news network is “doing a disservice.”

Spicer criticized the network for depriving employees who “probably look forward” to the party.

“And what CNN’s decision to do — make sure that these individuals, who really probably look forward to going, can’t go anymore,” Spicer told Fox News’s “Hannity.”

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CNN, which has been battling President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE and his White House for months, announced on Tuesday that it would boycott the party but send reporters to cover it if it's newsworthy.

“In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as invited guests," a CNN spokesperson said.

Politico said it is allowing its reporters to decide whether to go to the party.

Spicer in his interview argued that the media is “doing a disservice” to the White House’s invitation.

“And so it is these media types, CNN and Politico, that are doing a disservice to the gracious act, that the president and the first lady have offered so many of these individuals, not just the on-air talent and the executives, but those technicians that really work hard and labor on behalf of those organization to get the news and the broadcast out,” he said.

Trump praised the news that CNN would not attend the party, saying “dealing with them is a total waste of time.”