White House press secretary Sean Spicer scolded a White House beat reporter publicly on Twitter late Friday after the reporter claimed that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. was removed from the Oval Office by President Donald Trump.
Zeke Miller, a White House reporter for Time Magazine, tweeted Friday that the bust of MLK, which was placed in the Oval Office in 2009 by former President Barack Obama, was no longer there while the bust of Winston Churchill had been returned.
However, that wasn't exactly the case — and Spicer let Miller know.
After initially tweeting his claim that the MLK bust was removed, Miller returned to Twitter with a correction.
Correction: The MLK bust is still in the Oval Office. It was obscured by an agent and door.— Zeke Miller (@Zeke Miller) 1484961297.0
Tweeting again: wh aide confirms the MLK bust is still there. I looked for it in the oval 2x & didn't see it. My apologies to my colleagues— Zeke Miller (@Zeke Miller) 1484962878.0
Miller even directed one of the apologies at Spicer.
".@PressSec This is on me, not my colleagues. I've been doing everything I can to fix my error. My apologies," Miller tweeted.
.@PressSec This is on me, not my colleagues. I've been doing everything I can to fix my error. My apologies.— Zeke Miller (@Zeke Miller) 1484963776.0
First Spicer accepted the apology:
Apology accepted https://t.co/dYqwRv1p0f— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany) 1484963204.0
Then, he blasted Miller for wanting to be the first to tweet news without verifying the validity of that news.
"A reminder of the media danger of tweet first check facts later," Spicer wrote, quoting Miller's apology tweet.
A reminder of the media danger of tweet first check facts later https://t.co/dYqwRv1p0f— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany) 1484963253.0
Later, Spicer tweeted a picture of the MLK bust, which he said was sent to him from the Oval Office by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Thanks to White House Chief of Staff for this wonderful picture of the MLK bust in the oval https://t.co/Lzgj6RljvI— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany) 1484963411.0