Jul 22, 2017
Anthony Scaramucci, the newly-appointed communications director for President Donald Trump, wants the world to know he's only selectively deleting old tweets so his past public statements won't be "distraction" as he assumes his new role at the White House.
And so we wrote this headline about it.
Though countless astute observers and journalists had already pointed out Friday that Scaramucci was clearly deleting tweets that might be perceived as problematic for his new role, on Saturday morning he tweeted:
\u201cFull transparency: I'm deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn't be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that's all that matters\u201d— Anthony Scaramucci (@Anthony Scaramucci) 1500743727
The reactions--with many noting his strange interpretation of the word "transparency" and others offering screenshots of deleted posts--were swift... and hilariously distracting:
\u201c@Scaramucci @POTUS That's not actually full transparency.\u201d— Anthony Scaramucci (@Anthony Scaramucci) 1500743727
\u201c@justinhendrix @djrothkopf @Scaramucci @POTUS Good point. That's the exact opposite.\u201d— Anthony Scaramucci (@Anthony Scaramucci) 1500743727
\u201c@Scaramucci @POTUS I think you are confused, transparency doesn't mean hiding your past opinions, it means owning them.\u201d— Anthony Scaramucci (@Anthony Scaramucci) 1500743727
\u201c@Scaramucci @POTUS Transparency: I'm openly trying to hide what I said earlier.\u201d— Anthony Scaramucci (@Anthony Scaramucci) 1500743727
Offering a sample of the kind of postings Scaramucci was scraping from his account, many people shared archived versions:
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