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Witcover: West Wing's new mouthpiece vows to uproot leakers

Witcover: West Wing's new mouthpiece vows to uproot leakers

The departure of the hapless Sean Spicer as presidential press secretary caused no tears among the White House press corps. In a sense, it was a mercy firing. He was relieved of the obligation of humiliating himself and being humiliated by a boss whose lies and factual distortions had to be supported or cleaned up.

Mr. Spicer had readily swallowed the Trump Kool-Aid, enabling him to repeat the boss' fantasies and distortions to the assembled reporters. He did so at the price of any claim to being, as they say on Fox News, fair and balanced.

For Mr. Spicer, particularly, it required a major gulp, inasmuch as his job description as press secretary was to provide unvarnished...

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