The reports have been pouring out of the mainstream media for months, almost all the way back to when President Trump took office in January.
This official’s out. That official’s out. Mayhem and chaos rule in the West Wing.
“Inside the White House, paranoia and unrest among top staff,” CNN wrote — on April 7.
“Trump Aide Says Bannon and Priebus on Their Way out of White House,” wrote Axios on the same day. They weren’t.
“The Downfall of Kellyanne Conway,” the New York Times wrote on Feb. 17. Uh, she’s still at the White House.
And nearly every other day, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, is said to be about to have his head lopped off. In fact, last week, there were rumors that it he had already been demoted as a deputy press secretary handled the daily briefing duties on Wednesday and Thursday. Turns out Spicer was simply gone for those days days on Navy Reserve duty. He returned to the podium Friday.
Now comes the latest story that heads are about to roll in the White House.
“Scoop: Trump, irked at cabinet and staff, mulls sweeping shake-up,” writes Mike Allen of Axios on May 14.
At the urging of longtime friends and outside advisers, most of whom he consults after dark, President Trump is considering a “huge reboot” that could take out everyone from Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon, to counsel Don McGahn and press secretary Sean Spicer, White House sources tell me.
Trump is also irritated with several Cabinet members, the sources said.
“He’s frustrated, and angry at everyone,” said one of the confidants.
Huge story. But then Allen loads up with all kinds of caveats and conditionals.
One note of caution: Trump often talks about firing people when things go south and does not follow through on it. So it’s possible these conversations are his way of venting, and seeking reassurance.
And it all could take a while: Trump heads out on his first international trip at the end of the week. Also, there’s an internal argument for minimizing drama by cutting people out of the information flow rather than firing them. So the existing structure may get “one more college try,” a trusted adviser said.
So it’s going to happen. Or not.
Here’s one thing we do know: With the MSM writing this same story every week, one day one of them may well be right. And then everyone will forget that they’ve been writing the same story for months and being wrong every time.
That’s what passes for “journalism” today.