Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump's short-lived White House communications director, argued in his new book that the "fundamental flaw" with the news media is that they too frequently focus on "gossip" in place of more substantive news.
In his new book, Trump, the Blue-Collar President, Scaramucci retold his dramatic firing last year only 11 days after being hired. His tenure ended after he made vulgar comments in an interview with then-New Yorker magazine reporter Ryan Lizza.
"At their root, however, writers like Ryan Lizza are in the gossip business, which is the fundamental flaw with the press covering this White House," wrote Scaramucci. "Palace intrigue trumps (so to speak) anything of substance. So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that he posted what I thought was a private conversation between two guys, one in which one of them was not at his best, for a few million people to consume."
Scaramucci did, however, express remorse over the New Yorker interview, which he said he believed had been off the record, and admitted that he was depressed after his firing.
"Unfortunately, I let my pride and ego get the best of me that night," he said. "The lesson I learned from the experience is worth sharing: When pride and ego are present, your decisions will likely be emotionally charged and muddled."
He said he stayed in Washington to wrap up some business for a couple days before heading home to New York.
"I felt pretty low," he said. "I’d gone from something of a financial celebrity who was a regular on cable finance channels like CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg to being on the front page of major city newspapers from around the world."