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Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has been busy as of late. With the release of his book, The Briefing, he's embarked on a tour that's seen him jump from media outlets to comedy shows in what at least one outlet called "an effort at image rehabilitation."

Spicer, in contrast to many previous members of President Donald Trump's administration, has, at times, apologized for the outright lies he told on camera during daily press briefings and for his combative––infamously parodied––behavior with members of the media. The press has often tolerated these appearances, seemed deferential, and even congratulated Spicer for appearing to accept some degree of responsibility for stoking the flames of a culture that has grown nearly numb to the president's daily cries of "fake news!" at news outlets that print anything critical of him or his administration.

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