Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fake News from the White House About "Fake News" New York Times

Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media, [falsely] tweeted that I [disclosed the name of a covert CIA officer.]


To give Scavino the benefit of the doubt, I asked the C.I.A. spokesman to set him straight. I also rebutted his claim on Twitter, emailed and left messages with him on his private number, and wrote the new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, at his personal email address.

No acknowledgment. No response. The tweet has not been deleted. The C.I.A. has not publicly corrected the record. The White House is knowingly allowing Scavino’s falsehood to stand.


One judges a liar less by the whoppers he tells than by the fibs — by his willingness to live outside the truth even when the advantages of doing so are almost negligible. Scavino’s failure to correct the record on something as minute as my exchange with Pompeo suggests he’ll lie about anything. And this is the guy who stands at the heart of the Trump administration’s social media operation — the most demagogic enterprise of our time.


Every administration has a few sulfuric personalities. This one bubbles over and erupts with them, like a fetid geyser at Yellowstone.


The United States Office of Special Counsel has already warned Scavino that he violated the 1939 Hatch Act in April by engaging in “prohibited political activity.” If Anthony Scaramucci is serious about cleaning house in his new shop, dismissing Scavino should be a priority.

  Bret Stephens @ NYT
That won't happen. Here's the story of this Scavino lie.  (And I have to wonder why CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he didn't know the name Phil Agee. Could it be he really didn't?)

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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