The White House press briefing was dominated by questions about Anthony Scaramucci's ouster on Monday after news broke earlier in the afternoon that his tenure as communications director ended seven times quicker than Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries.
To be clear, it's an important story. Scaramucci's feud with former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus ended in the latter's departure less than one day after the Mooch went on a historically explicit rant against him. Scaramucci's exit came just hours after current White House chief of staff John Kelly was sworn into his new role.
Palace intrigue stories always have important implications, especially in this White House where the staff continues to turn over at a high rate. But the media should be careful to ensure its coverage remains in proportion.
The White House press corps peppered press secretary Sarah Sanders with question after question about Scaramucci's firing on Monday. Meanwhile, healthcare, North Korea, and tax reform received only one question each. In the last three days, Republicans dramatically failed to pass healthcare reform and North Korea tested a ballistic missile that could reach New York.
As members of the media, we're naturally more interested in stories related to the media; for instance, stories involving the person in charge of dealing with the press at the White House. And, in fairness, Scaramucci is a colorful figure who makes for entertaining fodder, appealing to just about any regular consumer of news, whether they work in journalism or not. But whenever major stories that appeal more to the average journalist than the average reader break, it's worth reminding ourselves that matters like tax reform affect people outside the Beltway far more than staff shakeups in the White House.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.