Reuters was deservedly raked over the coals after a decision to camp outside of Sean Spicer’s home and share a live stream with viewers.
Just hours after the former White House press secretary had announced his resignation, the news organization turned into paparazzi mode, inviting everyone to watch “the scene” outside of Spicer’s private Washington-area home.
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) July 21, 2017
Spicer’s departure, reportedly in response to President Trump’s appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications chief, shocked many.
The former Trump spokesman has had a tumultuous few months in his position but told Fox News’ Sean Hannity the president did not want him to leave. But, with the addition of Scaramucci, Spicer felt there would be ‘too many cooks” in the White House and announced his departure on Friday morning. Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was promoted to take over Spicer’s role.
While many on the left and in the mainstream media celebrated the news of another shake-up in the Trump administration, there seemed to be a coming together for those on all sides in condemning Reuters for its live feed decision.
Seriously. Leave him and his family alone. This is borderline stalking. Creepy.
— Rick Johnstone (@rjinaz) July 21, 2017
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 21, 2017
He’s a father of two small children and you are livestreaming his house.
Thats terrible. You’re putting their safety at risk for clicks.
— 🤖🌙🇺🇸 (@technowizardry) July 21, 2017
Journalists and reporters across the divide assailed the organization whose White House correspondent, Jeff Mason, is also serving as the president of the White House Correspondents Association.
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
Reuters TV is running a live shot of the outside of Spicer’s house. Whatta town.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) 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
The Press is the only occupation specifically protected by the Constitution;we have a responsibility to use good judgment; shame on @Reuters
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) July 21, 2017
A live shot of why people hate the media. https://t.co/ptbBZlYAj1
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 21, 2017
Get a grip, Reuters.https://t.co/dRY7pt8m9r
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 21, 2017
What exactly is the news value here? pic.twitter.com/nTDAxgdQIe
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 21, 2017
Deleted last tweet because I didn’t want to share Reuters livestreaming outside of Spicer’s House. Because, come on.
— Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) July 21, 2017
Reuters was summarily blasted for its unprofessional action and later took down the live feed.
“We and other major media outlets were there to see if a statement would be made,” the global head of PR and communications for Reuters, Abbe Serphos, told The Hill in an email.
“When it was clear there would be no statement, we left.”
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Ur a joke @ReutersPolitics
— Kristin Billitere (@SpecialKMB1969) 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
If Reuters TV is going to do this creepy live broadcast of Sean Spicer’s house, could we at least get some HGTV-style commentary?
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) July 21, 2017
— Robert Briggs (@Robert_W_Briggs) July 21, 2017
Why the duck are you at his house? Jfc the media is complete garbage
— minor point (@minor_point) July 21, 2017
To all the people saying @ReutersPolitics is better than this… they’re not
— Gary Carlo (@GaryACarlo) July 21, 2017
This is both a commentary on the state of today’s media, and the saddest stream I have ever seen.
— David Hobby (@strobist) July 21, 2017
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