Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer Lashed Out at College Newspaper Over "Sphincter" Typo (Report)
"While those involved claimed that this
was a copy joke that went unnoticed, I believe that it was a malicious and
intentional attack," wrote Spicer, according to The New York Times, which
unearthed the 1993 Connecticut College anecdote.
This weekend, Sean Spicer scolded the media for accurately
reporting on the crowd size at Donald Trump's inauguration. Backlash against
Spicer and Trump ensued, especially given that Spicer's remarks were made at
his first meeting with the press and he didn't allow for questions.
The New York Timesunearthed
a previous controversy Spicer had with the media, dating back to 1993. In April
of that year, Spicer was a student government senator at Connecticut College
and the school paperThe College Voiceprinted
a column about an amendment he sponsored.
The amendment was "to ensure that an antismoking
regulation would not affect existing rules for the creation of smoking and
nonsmoking rooms for exams." However, instead of attributing the amendment
to Spicer, it was attributed to Sean Sphincter. The publication said it
regretted the error and claimed he was "unintentionally
misidentified," but Spicer disagreed.
He wrote a letter to the editor about the
"While those involved claimed that this was a copy joke
that went unnoticed, I believe that it was a malicious and intentional
attack," Spicer reportedly wrote. "For a paper which claims to be run
by ‘professional’ standards, I find it a bit sad that this type of reporting is
explained as a simple part of production.”