Village Voice 04.19.2017 : Page 4

4 April 19 April 25, 2017 JARED KUSHNER, RAT LORD By Steven Wishnia VILLAGE OPENER p.7 SPOT CHECK THE IDES OF APRIL By Jackson Connor p.14 SAIL AWAY TO ALL HANDS By Zachary Feldman p.16 White House press secretary Sean Spicer preparing to go on cable news The usefulness of Sean Spicer, the White House’s least dignied apparatchik BY TOM MCGEVERAN ack in February, before Passover and the “Holocaust centers,” less than three weeks after the inaugu-ration, the press was already re-porting that the president could be looking for a new spokesman. “A longtime Republican operative, Spicer is a close ally of White House WORDS FAIL HIM Andrew Harnik/AP Photo B chief of staff Reince Priebus,” CNN’s Jim Acosta observed before lining up an anonymous source to con irm to him that “Trump is upset with Priebus over the selection of Spicer for arguably the administration’s most visible position, next to the president.” By that time, we’d already gotten the travel “not ban” ban and Melissa McCar-thy’s withering impersonation of “Spicey.” Impromptu cellphone searches of Spicer’s staff came later that month. Despite all this, Sean Spicer is still there, still the president’s spokesman, still tak-ing the podium. What gives? Acosta did have it right that Spicer is an ally of Priebus. In fact, while Spicer may be new to the television audience, when he came in he was already famil-iar to the press, having become the chief spokesman for the Republican National Committee back in 2011. Most reporters who worked with him will tell you it’s not that hard to get him on >> p6

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