The media has been up in arms about the Rob Porter fiasco. But for a second, let’s set aside the domestic violence aspect of the Rob Porter story. Yes, due process is important. Yes, domestic abusers should be punished cruelly and unusually. Yes, the White House’s messaging on it was incoherent at best.
WH right now acting as if it has had one coherent message and plan following revelations of Rob Porter’s two ex-wives accusing him domestic abuse. That’s just demonstrably false. Initial responses were to support Porter full throatedly.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 12, 2018
This is correct. We brought the White House a detailed description of Porter's second ex-wife's accounts last Tuesday afternoon, and a few hours later the WH sent us glowing reviews of him from Sarah Sanders, John Kelly and Orrin Hatch. https://t.co/F7wfErMro6
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) February 12, 2018
But when confronted not by allegation, but by evidence, there is no excuse to keep standing by their man.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) February 12, 2018
These are each valid points. There is another issue at hand, though. The story has brought up a question over who has access to classified information. What the hold up is for certain people getting classified information. Basically, the media has a strange new concern about classified info getting into the wrong hands (see Twitter Buried Anti-Hillary #DNCLeak & #PodestaEmails Tweets in 2016).
Sarah Sanders was hardly impressed.
If you guys have real concerns about leaking out classified information, look around this room. You guys are the ones that publish classified information, & put national security at risk. That doesn’t come from this White House.
Sanders isn’t wrong. Personally, I don’t think the media is concerned over who has the info… As much as they’re concerned about who will give it to them. The press has never had a problem letting info leak from them faster than a spicy burrito leaks from an unprepared colon.
Height of hypocrisy right here, folks.