As has been the case since White House press secretary Sean Spicer first stepped behind the podium in the White House briefing room, Thursday’s briefing was a raucous event.
As Spicer called on Bloomberg White House correspondent Shannon Pettypiece, New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush interrupted, continuing to yell out a question. Spicer was having exactly none of it.
As a Twitter user said of Thrush:
@LindaSuhler he got Spiced
— donna (@donna2028) February 24, 2017
Spicer put Thrush’s interruption in perspective:
“Glenn, this isn’t a TV program. You don’t just get to yell out questions. We’re gonna raise our hand like big boys and girls. [Thrush continued to interrupt] Because it’s not your job to just yell out questions. Shannon, please go.”
Both Spicer and Thrush were portrayed in a now-famous “Saturday Night” Live skit from early February, in which Spicer — mercilessly portrayed by Melissa McCarthy — put Thrush in his place: “Glenn Thrush, New York Times, boo…”
The veteran political reporter left Politico in December to join the NYT, saying “you can’t be an eight-year senior in high school.” As Sean Spicer sees it, however, he may have left grade school without leaving the grade school behavior.