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- Sebastian Gorka enjoys taunting reporters via email. Gorka lost his job in the White House earlier this year.
Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka now has regular appearances on Fox News and advises a pro-Donald Trump super PAC called the MAGA Coalition.
And lately, the former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump has seemingly become more responsive to various inquiries from reporters. But his responses have been short and to the point.
Over the past two weeks, individuals from various news outlets have shared screenshots of their interactions with the pugnacious former advisor and self-described counterterrorism expert.
Gorka mocked Washingtonian reporter Benjamin Freed when he asked why Gorka parked his car on an Arlington, Virginia sidewalk, instead of in a parking space.
“I suppose you think you’re a real journalist right? How amusing,” Gorka wrote back.
He also lashed out at Business Insider Executive Editor Brett LoGiurato, who posed the same question about the sidewalk parking.
“Get a real job,” he wrote to LoGiurato in an email. “With a real outfit.”
Gorka couldn’t be bothered to explain his declaration during a recent interview that “our big issue is black African gun crime against black Africans,” even when Yahoo News White House correspondent Hunter Walker noted that millions of people read Yahoo News every month, according to comScore traffic data.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) October 25, 2017
Gorka has also rebuffed HuffPost reporter Ashley Feinberg’s numerous attempts to seek comment.
Asked in early October whether he followed Vice President Mike Pence’s rule against meeting with women without his wife, Gorka told Feinberg – who then worked at Wired – to “get back to me when you work for a serious news organization.”
Asked whether he’d been questioned in special counselor Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Gorka told Feinberg in an email the he doesn’t “talk to fake journalists.”
Asked this week about why he parked his car on the sidewalk, Gorka responded: “HuffPo? Don’t make me laugh!” Instead, he advised Feinberg to “stop wasting your breath and my time (and stick to balloon headdresses).”
Even fact-checkers attempting to understand his comments couldn’t get a fair response from Gorka.
PolitiFact writer Joshua Gillin got a creative response when reaching out to the former Trump adviser after he misquoted CNN host Jake Tapper.
— Joshua Gillin (@jpgillin) November 3, 2017
During his time in the White House earlier this year, Gorka became a ubiquitous presence on cable television, appearing multiple times a week on Fox News to ostensibly talk about foreign policy and national security and make declarations like “the era of the pajama boy is over.”
But Gorka has enthusiastically made media criticism a part of his regular media appearances and public persona, blocking reporters who he views as critical en masse on Twitter, and sparring with hosts on CNN and MSNBC, mocking both networks’ ratings.
Beyond Fox News and Breitbart News, where Gorka was a writer before joining the Trump campaign in 2016, it is unclear what news outlets, if any, the former adviser respects.
Though Gorka did not answer Business Insider’s question about why he started trying to “own” reporters, when queried via email about which outlets he considered reputable, he offered a succinct response.
“Not yours,” Gorka told Business Insider.