March 10, 2017 10:36 pm -

It was one of the most amazing moments we’ve ever seen during a White House press briefing.

Earlier in the day, the Labor Department released a heartening monthly jobs report stating that the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February. A few hours later, during his daily press briefing, White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about previous statements made by Trump during the campaign season claiming that positive job reports under the Obama administration had been “phony or totally fiction.”

“I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote [the new numbers] very clearly. They may have been ‘phony’ in the past, but it’s very real now.”

Translation: Trump lied top the rubes to stoke fear and anger.

And members of the press are pissed off.

“I know it was delivered as a laugh line from Sean and got laughter in the room from reporters — I’m not so sure all of America will laugh at that,” CNN political director David Chalian said afterward. “It is an admission of blatant hypocrisy. … I mean, it’s like the most traditional politician thing you could do — which is not Donald Trump’s brand necessarily — to say that when it is not in my favor I’m going to say this, and when it is in my favor, I’m going to say that. That is the thing about politicians most people in the country don’t like. So I don’t know it is necessarily a joke. It is a total admission of blatant hypocrisy.”

“Spicer’s breezy dismissal of the question was a tacit admission that Trump had indeed lied when he trashed good employment news during the administration of his predecessor Barack Obama,” Jon Levine wrote at Mediaite. “If the fourth estate treats future administration falsehoods as a joke, they will become the fake news which they have so often been accused.”

Twitter, naturally, is full of reaction:

Oh, one other thing:

Heckuva job, Spicey!

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.