The Washington Post has a huge story on Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey and little of it is flattering. It includes this amazing bit:
But the private accounts of more than 30 officials at the White House, the Justice Department, the FBI and on Capitol Hill, as well as Trump confidants and other senior Republicans, paint a conflicting narrative centered on the president’s brewing personal animus toward Comey. Many of those interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to candidly discuss internal deliberations.
That right there is the problem.
Were any of these sources the ones who claimed the President threatened to invade Mexico? That story had to be retracted.
Maybe they were the Administration sources who claimed a major change in Russia policy that never actually happened.
Did they use the Capitol Hill sources who fraudulently claimed the GOP was making it easier for crazy people to get access to guns?
Or did they use the sources who claimed mass resignations at the State Department when that did not happen?
Even James Comey himself noted before Congress, “In the last six weeks and couple of months there’s been, at least apparently, a lot of conversation about classified matters that’s ending up in the media, and a lot of it is just dead wrong”
And even if the sources were on point, were their statements in context as bad as the press portrayed them to be?
The media ran with unsubstantiated allegations from sources about the President getting golden showers in Moscow. In fact, throughout the campaign season and afterwards the media has run with scores of stories from background sources and those stories later had to be retracted.
It seems awfully convenient that a flood of sources have poured forth telling the media exactly what they want to hear. On top of that, the media has confused a counterintelligence investigation at the FBI that is happening with a criminal investigation that is not happening.
Therein lies the problem. The President has a sordid history with the truth, but so do those who cover him and many of the sources who leak to them.