I posted this in another thread, but thought it may be worthy of its own discussion. As we all have come to know, this White House leaks like a sieve. It is likely the leakiest administration in our nation’s history. From the article, here are some of the leakers explaining their reasoning for leaking to the press…
"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.”
"To cover my tracks, I usually pay attention to other staffers’ idioms and use that in my background quotes. That throws the scent off me," the current White House official added.
“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.”
The bold part really highlights how much thought is given to leaking as well. The people working in the White House understand that the environment being fostered by Trump is one that encourages this type of behavior. And they have turned it into an art-form of sorts.
What really gets me is that any member of this administration that bemoans leaking, or any supporters of this President that decry leaks, are doing so while knowing this is what Trump has brought to the White House. There have been members of the press even hint that one of the biggest leaks of all is the President himself.
So, what are your thoughts? Is this good for our nation? The back-biting, infighting, attack-or-be-attacked attitude throughout the Executive Branch seems to me to be a cancer on our nation. What’s your take?