Hot Mic Catches Anthony Scaramucci Sucking Up To President Of CNN – Get Ready

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Without a doubt, Donald Trump is responsible for the terrible relationship his administration has with the media. He has bullied members of the press, tried to strip them of their First Amendment rights, shut them out, mocked them, and essentially insulted the corp principles that make “freedom of the press” a core tenet of American democracy.

Although Donald Trump must bear the brunt of the blame for the seemingly irreparable damage that he has done to the relationship between his administration and the press, his staffers are adults and supposed to be professionals. Therefore, they must also accept some responsibility. That is to say, instead of standing up to Trump and pushing for him to be more candid and transparent with the people he is supposed to represent, as well as more create a culture of mutual respect with the press, Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway instead chose to follow Trump’s lead.

Unfortunately for Sean Spicer, playing the game of follow the inept leader has cost him his job; for Conway, it has meant losing any shred of credibility she may have previously had. Now, just shy of seven months after being sworn in, Trump has found himself having to usher in a new era and re-brand his administration. As part of that, Anthony Scaramucci, who once called Trump a “hack politician,” now sits at the helm of branding and public relations for the Trump administration.

However, despite his new key role and time he has been in the political/media worlds, on Sunday, Scaramucci reportedly forgot the prime rules: Everything is on the record and the camera and/or microphone are always on. According to BuzzFeed News, Scaramucci was in between interviews with Fox, CNN, and CBS when he began to describe what he was thinking just before he took the podium at his first presser on Friday.

In a transcript, which BuzzFeed reports has been confirmed, Scaramucci said:

‘In the back of my mind I have to call on CNN and send a message to [CNN President Jeff] Zucker that we are back in business.’

By “Back in business,” Scaramucci supposedly meant that the days of the White House shutting out the press, are over. The transcript also reflects Scaramucci crediting Zucker for Scaramucci having gotten his new position. Scaramucci reportedly said, Zucker “helped me get the job by hitting those guys,” which was an allusion to CNN’s handling of the retracted piece on Trump and Russia, as well as the former staff members involved in the reporting error.

Scaramucci is also said to have been intentional about who he called on during the press conference, ensuring that CNN’s correspondent was given the opportunity to have the floor, saying:

‘I called on Sara on Friday for a reason. I want to make sure you know that. I’m trying to deescalate the tension across the entire media spectrum. Breitbart would be on the right and CNN would be on the left. I intentionally sought out both to send a symbolic message that we are trying to deescalate. The President feels that 97% of [CNN’s] coverage is about him, and 93% of the 97% is decidedly negative. We’re hoping that we can change it.’

A hot mic may have caught Scaramucci talking about his efforts to mend the White House’s relationship with CNN, but that wasn’t how it looked during his interview with Jake Tapper. The only message Anthony Scaramucci seemed to be sending to everyone at CNN on Sunday morning as he childishly sparred with Tapper, was that, like Sean Spicer, Scaramucci is defensive and has completely sold his soul to Donald Trump. Watch below via YouTube:

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