As a virtual card-carrying member of the Fourth Estate, TSD naturally appreciates the role of confidential truth tellers and whistle blowers, insiders who for obvious reasons prefer to stay anonymous in sharing insight or information about government or business that is important for public awareness.
Where would journalism be if not for these off-the-record sources?
Our colleagues at the New York Times and Washington Post, among others, seem to be beneficiaries of a particularly salubrious era of leaking, sometimes publishing multiple blockbuster stories each day based on eager-to-provide unnamed White House sources.
In recognition of this dirt-dishing smorgasbord, the Drudge Report has taken to posting what has become an almost-regular feature, “More WH Leaks.”
But this past Friday’s Times reporting, “Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary,” by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Halberman, brought the leaking epidemic to a whole new level of meta.
The president, according to three people with knowledge of the situation, said one of the reasons he hired Mr. Scaramucci was to cut down on anonymous leaking — and took a swipe at his two advisers.
He asked them how the leaks were happening, according to a person familiar with the discussions, and called Mr. Spicer a “good guy” who leaks only when told to by Mr. Priebus.
A private conversation about leaking … that was leaked.