Scaramucci's profanity-laced tirade nets record traffic for The New Yorker

Scaramucci's profanity-laced tirade nets record traffic for The New Yorker
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White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci's profanity-laced tirade during an interview with The New Yorker directed at then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and current chief strategist Steve Bannon resulted in record-breaking traffic this year for the publication.

"Ryan Lizza’s piece generated 4.4 million unique visitors, making it the publication’s best-read piece of the year so far," according to The New Yorker's public relations department.

The piece attracted a substantial number of new subscriptions as well, with The New Yorker stating it has “seen a 92 percent increase in the July daily average of new subs.”

Media outlets across the board have seen notable increases known as the "Trump Bump" this year during what has been an unpredictable administration that has been embroiled in controversy in its first six months.


In a phone interview with Lizza on July 27, Scaramucci unloaded on Priebus, accusing the former Republican National Committee head of leaking details of a private dinner with President Trump.

“Reince is a f---ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci told New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza in a Wednesday phone call.

“They’ll all be fired by me,” he said of the White House communications staff. “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.”

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” Scaramucci, 53, said of Bannon in another part of the interview. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f---ing strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

After the interview went viral, Lizza said Scaramucci, a former financier, needs to learn how to deal with the press. 

“I think he needs to learn a little bit about what it means to be communications director and how to interact with reporters," Lizza, also a CNN contributor, told CNN anchor John Berman on July 28.