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Old May 13th, 2018, 01:26 PM   #1
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White House leakers leak about leaking

Here's an interesting view of the current and past situation in the White House by a reporter, Jonathan Swan who has covered it for many years.

In my experience the guy has been gold as to the stories he has broken.

From the Axios "Sneak Peak" look at the coming week:

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This White House leaks like there’s no tomorrow.
The leaks come in all shapes and sizes: small leaks, real-time leaks, weaponized leaks, historical leaks. Sensitive Oval Office conversations have leaked, and so have talks in cabinet meetings and the Situation Room. You name it, they leak it.

My colleague Mike Allen, who has spent nearly 20 years covering the White House, says we learn more about what's going on inside the Trump White House in a week than we did in a year of the George W. Bush presidency.

This White House leaks so much that meetings called to bemoan leaks begin with acknowledgement the bemoaning will be leaked, which is promptly leaked...by several leakers in a smallish room.
Why does this White House leak like it’s going out of style? I reached out to some of the Trump administration’s most prolific leakers — people who have been wonderful sources to me (and, I assume, plenty of other reporters) — to get them to explain the draw.
"To be honest, it probably falls into a couple of categories,” one current White House official tells me. "The first is personal vendettas. And two is to make sure there's an accurate record of what's really going on in the White House."

"The most common substantive leaks are the result of someone losing an internal policy debate," a current senior administration official told me. "By leaking the decision, the loser gets one last chance to kill it with blowback from the public, Congress or even the President.

"Otherwise," the official added, "you have to realize that working here is kind of like being in a never-ending 'Mexican Standoff.' Everyone has guns (leaks) pointed at each other and it's only a matter of time before someone shoots. There's rarely a peaceful conclusion so you might as well shoot first."
A former senior White House official who turned leaking into an art form made a slightly more nuanced defense of the practice. "Leaking is information warfare; it's strategic and tactical — strategic to drive narrative, tactical to settle scores,” the source said.
Another former administration official said grudges have a lot to do with it. "Any time I leaked, it was out of frustration with incompetent or tone-deaf leadership,” the former official said.

“Bad managers almost always breed an unhappy workplace, which ultimately results in pervasive leaking," the former official added. "And there has been plenty of all those things inside this White House. Some people use leaking to settle personal scores, or even worse to attack the President, but for me it was always to make a point about something that I felt was being unjustly ignored by others."
Be smart: To any would-be leakers who are considering the practice, I'm also told leaking is pretty fun. Give me a call if you'd like to try it out.
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The leaks are not surprising. Here's what we've got and it's called The Perfect Storm: Chaos, pettiness, a president who bullies and calls people childish names, a WH rife with friction, a POTUS who freaks out over anyone who doesn't "fawn" over him, humiliation, confusion, a revolving door and downright hostility. WE've got a press secretary who lies, cabinet members spending millions of taxpayer dollars on dining room sets, any number of Republicans who can't stomach the sitting president, and a boatload of Democrats who will pay any amount of money for dirt on Trump.....and people are surprised there are leaks?

LMAO!
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And Trump fires back that it's fake news. Roflmao. Anyone else wish however that the corporate media stop going to the White House briefings and go to congress instead? Trump and Huckabee are going to lie or not answer. Why waste their time? Why not find out what new ways the repubilcans in congress are coming up to rape and pillage this nation?
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And Trump fires back that it's fake news. Roflmao. Anyone else wish however that the corporate media stop going to the White House briefings and go to congress instead? Trump and Huckabee are going to lie or not answer. Why waste their time? Why not find out what new ways the repubilcans in congress are coming up to rape and pillage this nation?


By GEORGE--I think you've got it. ALL major media should stop going to the WHOUSE briefings with little Sarah Sanders. They should just NOT GO--empty room--OR...... walk out en masse.

Trump would have a coronary.
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By GEORGE--I think you've got it. ALL major media should stop going to the WHOUSE briefings with little Sarah Sanders. They should just NOT GO--empty room--OR...... walk out en masse.

Trump would have a coronary.
I feel strongly about it. They were talking about it, too, on CNN one night. Ithink it's a HUGE waste of time. I don't watch the briefings anymore. You KNOW when they pulled out, Trump would cry and beg them to come back, or refuse to talk to the media..fine by me.
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I feel strongly about it. They were talking about it, too, on CNN one night. Ithink it's a HUGE waste of time. I don't watch the briefings anymore. You KNOW when they pulled out, Trump would cry and beg them to come back, or refuse to talk to the media..fine by me.


I just emailed my comments to CNN!
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I just emailed my comments to CNN!
It really does help. Good job!!!
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