Anthony Scaramucci Still Doesn’t Know How Journalism Works – Vanity Fair
Although it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly got Anthony Scaramucci fired from his job as White House communications director a mere 10 days after he was hired, his late-night, on-the-record, deeply ill-conceived phone call with The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza seems to have been a turning point. For those who need a recap, the Mooch, apparently incensed that Lizza had tweeted about his private dinner with Donald Trump, Melania Trump, former Fox News executive Bill Shine, and Fox News contributor Kimberly Guilfoyle, decided to call Lizza out of the blue. He demanded to know the source of the guest list. When Lizza wouldn‘t reveal that information—because journalists are not typically in the business of outing sources—Scaramucci said that he would have no choice but to just fire everyone. He proceeded to describe then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as a “paranoid schizophrenic,” said he wanted to “f**king kill all the leakers,” and told Lizza that, unlike Steve Bannon, the Mooch wasn’t trying to “suck [his] own c*ck.” All in all, it wasn’t a great look for the man who was ostensibly in charge of the White House’s press and P.R. operation. And, profanity aside, it didn’t help matters that Scaramucci—who, again, had just been hired as the White House communications director—didn’t seem to understand that the conversation wasn’t off the record. Even Sean Spicer wouldn’t have made that rookie mistake.
Ten days later, Scaramucci still isn’t ready to let the Lizza incident die. Despite claiming that he would be “going dark” until Labor Day—at which point he would mystically “reemerge” as his authentic self—on Wednesday he sent out a pair of tweets in which he likened himself to Monica Lewinsky and demonstrated, yet again, that he’s still not up to speed on how journalism (or the law) works:
Unfortunately for the Mooch, both Washington, D.C. and New York have “one-party consent” laws when it comes to taping conversations, meaning that only one party involved—in this case, Lizza—needed to consent to recording their chat.
This isn’t the first time the Harvard Law-trained Mooch has been confused about journalism. On his fifth day in office, Scaramucci told Politico that he would be firing assistant press secretary Michael Short, then berated the press for reporting it. (“The fact that you guys know about it before he does really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic. You got that?”) Nor is it the first time he’s been confused about the law. The day before his phone call with Lizza, Scaramucci (incorrectly) claimed that the “leaking” of his publicly available financial disclosures was a felony and suggested (and then denied) that he wanted Priebus investigated by the F.B.I.
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