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CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter reported the big lead story in his "Reliable Sources" newsletter late on Wednesday night, headlined "Spicer Fury at ABC News." Sources inside ABC were "up in arms" about Spicer being named to the cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars and were talking to Stelter and his liberal colleague Oliver Darcy.
But this "up in arms" source was right -- there was definitely some grumbling inside ABC News, especially because Dancing is constantly promoted by the news division, especially by Good Morning America.
Employees - Discomfort - Ranks - Oliver - Darcy
I spoke with four employees who described discomfort within the ranks. Oliver Darcy spoke with another five employees. We found a range of opinions -- some said there was just "eye rolling" going on. A couple said they didn't care about the Spicer pick. One remarked, "How long do you really think he’s going to last?"
But others said they were pissed. "It's a slap in the face to those of us who had to deal with his baloney and the consequences of the ongoing lies and disinformation campaign at the White House," one said to me.
Spicer - Darcy - Show - OUR - Company
Spicer was "horrible" to "so many of us," another said to Darcy. "It's disgusting to think he is getting on the show AND getting paid by OUR company."
One of Darcy's other sources ALSO pointed out the $$$ angle: He's "being paid by the network to dance around on TV."
Payout - Rehearsal - Period - Weeks - Show
That's apparently a payout of $125,000 for the rehearsal period and first two weeks of the show, and more if you last longer. Stelter slammed the show for its "stars," saying it's more like "Dancing with the Down and Out."
Spicer was President Trump's press secretary for just the first six months, and yet ABC still treats him like a raging monster who was "horrible" to reporters, as if he water-boarded...
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