Backstabbing, fake news reporter Ryan Lizza routinely betrays sources by publishing off-record information. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is only his latest victim: Lizza double-crossed New York Republican Rep. Pete King and threatened to publish off-record information about Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as well.
Lizza amused himself by publishing a phone conversation between him and Scaramucci Wednesday night, when Scaramucci was furious about yet another administration leak: “I ask these [White House subordinates] not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves. You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”
Scaramucci also warned Lizza he will find and fire the person who leaked President Donald Trump’s plans to dine with Fox News host Sean Hannity and a former Fox news executive to him:
“[White House leakers] They’ll all be fired by me,” [Scaramucci] said. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.”
And of course, none of this was supposed to be on record—not that it made any difference to Lizza. “[Scaramucci] has become obsessed with leaks,” Lizza opined as he leaked their conversation.
“Scaramucci, who initiated the call, did not ask for the conversation to be off the record or on background,” Lizza also sneers in the article.
A conversation with Anthony Scaramucci… https://t.co/7TY64NfAWu
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) July 27, 2017
Scaramucci shot back on Twitter.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017
I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won't happen again.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 28, 2017
This isn’t the first time Lizza broke the confidence of his sources.
In February 2016, Lizza taunted a Bernie Sanders aide who had counted on Lizza’s own discrection—polling Twitter about whether or not he should keep the conversation off-record.
Sanders aide just said everything on charter plane is off the record. Should I…
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) February 2, 2016
In March, The New Yorker and Lizza broke a story by openly violating Rep. King‘s request not to be quoted directly.
— Mattathias Schwartz (@Schwartzesque) March 24, 2017
In his March article, Lizza asked that readers set “aside the issue of whether it was appropriate for King to allow this piece of classified information to become public”—even as Lizza published part of a conversation his source explicitly requested be kept off-record.
Word to the wise: Don’t trust the fake news media which will lie even about what is and what is not on record. They are implacable enemies.
Stay tuned for more.
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