The news networks are buzzing about an NBC report that Rex Tillerson called President Trump a “f**king moron.” That’s actually not the story.
First, it should be noted that Tillerson denies the story, but because he did not explicitly deny the “moron” part of the story, the media is treating it as true. Who cares? That the President did not surround himself with yes men should be a reassurance to the media.
But none of that is the real story.
The real story here is that embedded within the government are still malicious Obama supporters racing to leak damaging news about President Trump and his cabinet to members of the media. The real story is that those leaks could undermine the willingness of people to have honest conversations. This is tied to those leaks of private conversations between the President and foreign leaders, which probably is making it less likely for those leaders to be candid with the President.
And let’s not spare CNN here. Remember, CNN reported based on sources that James Comey would contradict the President on key points about the FBI’s Russia investigation, which did not happen and got egg on CNN’s face. All the networks have been in that boat.
Remember the Washington Post story that President Obama advised Mark Zuckerberg about Russia and fake news? Obama never mentioned Russia.
The media is running with lots and lots of stories, some true and some not and some partially true, to make the present administration look bad. And it is not beyond these sources to just make stuff up as we have seen repeatedly.
That is the story here. The press continues to rely on members of the resistance embedded within government to smear the President and his advisors and potentially put them in fear of being able to have candid conversations with each other for fear of leaks. These stories undermine candor and honesty. And they may not even be completely true.