As White House press secretary, its Sean Spicer’s job to set the record straight, and keep the media honest as much as it is supposed to be their job to keep government honest.
That’s exactly what he did Saturday when the mainstream media pushed stories that alleged President Donald Trump didn’t wear an earpiece to hear the translation of a speech that a foreign leader gave at the G7 Summit on Saturday.
The narrative of Trump not wearing an earpiece quickly spread following a tweet from a BBC journalist:
— James Landale (@BBCJLandale) May 27, 2017
“A short clip that sums up this G7 summit: look who has chosen not to hear a translation of his Italian host’s speech,” wrote BBC correspondent James Landale.
Other journalists piled on:
Indeed, at first glance, it appears that Trump was not listening to the speech while other world leaders surrounding him were.
However, the video doesn’t tell the whole story.
According to Spicer, Trump was listening to the speech via an earpiece in his right ear. The video, which panned from left to right, wasn’t able to capture footage of the earpiece because of the angle that the president was sitting in reference to the camera.
“As usual @POTUS wears a single ear piece for translation in his right ear,” Spicer tweeted in response to Landale’s tweet.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) May 27, 2017
Landale’s original, incorrect tweet amassed more than 10,000 retweets, but his correction tweet received just 42: