White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wrote a letter to his college newspaper insisting they apologize and correct the rude misspelling they used for his name.
Spicer began his political career when he was a student at Connecticut College, where he made some enemies at the student newspaper when he fought to ban smoking in the dining hall the Washington Post reports.
In an article regarding Spicer’s anti-smoking battle, he was referred to as “Sean Sphincter” in the College Voice, who claims that it was a simple spelling error.
Spicer, who is 45 years-old, wrote a letter to complain about newspaper article that was written in 1993.
“Maybe I am not all that familiar with the production of a ‘newspaper,’” Spicer wrote. “But I am really not sure how this can be explained as unintentional. While I would understand, and at this point even expect a misspelling or a misquote, this goes well beyond that.”
“While I as an individual have had to bear all the repercussions, the people responsible have been able to hide behind the shield of the College Voice and the First Amendment,” Spicer complained to the college newspaper. “The First Amendment does uphold the right (to) free speech and a free press, which I respect, however this situation goes beyond the bounds of free speech.”
Even though the press secretary wanted an apology, the Voice’s editorial staff supported their reporters and explained to Spicer that a public apology would be a violation of their professional standards.