Keller @ Large: Paranoia Reigns Supreme In White House

BOSTON (CBS) – If you haven’t read White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci’s interview with the New Yorker magazine, it’s quite a document.

It’s also riddled with extreme vulgarity, so be warned.

Here are the key points:

Scaramucci is obsessed with stopping the profuse White House leaks to the press, and called up New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza to ask who had leaked him the info about a White House dinner with the president, Sean Hannity, and a former Fox News executive.

Of course, Lizza wouldn’t disclose his source, which set Scaramucci off on a tirade in which he threatened to fire the entire White House communications team, and zeroed in on chief of staff Reince Priebus as a key leaker.

“He’ll be asked to resign very shortly,” he said, before describing Priebus in terms that would make a longshoreman blush.

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White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Scaramucci then turned to chief strategist Steve Bannon, who he described as overly self-interested and trying to build his own brand “off the [blankety-blank] strength of the President.”

And the tsunami of profanity continued from there.

Lizza reports that later, Scaramucci called him and changed his story, claiming that he really wants to work with Priebus to stop leaks, not can him.

So, what do we learn from this episode?

That the White House communications director doesn’t know how journalism works; that paranoia reigns supreme in the White House these days; and that this was the President’s idea of a professional who could improve his public image.

Perhaps this plan will work.

Or maybe this is just another big step toward a very unhappy ending.

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  1. Allen Blaine says:

    Why is the media not reporting on Awan, Debbie Wassermanns IT guy being arrested and the connection to the dead guy in Florida and the death of Seth Richards? The FBI is involved in an active investigation and they also have a laptop computer with DNC material on it, a lot of it damaging to Hillary and others. This IT guy is still on the DNC payroll. he was arrested at the airport. The exposure of Hillary and company is getting closer. The dems are panicing and the lying media will not inform the American people.

  2. Allen…a slight correction…They are still on the payroll of he HOUSE, not the DNC, even though they have been kicked off the House network.

    Wassernan-Schultz it trying to play hide the peanut to keep this story from turning into another unmitigated disaster for her and for the Democrats.

    But, I can understand why they wouldn’t want to explain why three or for Paskistani nationals were given complete access to everything on the House Democrats’c computer systems and to the files of the Democratic National Committee.

    That could be embarrassing.

    And yet, Jon Keller goes blithely on talking about the non-drama drama of a fol-mouthed aide to President Trump who is trying to assure that the people in the White House stop leaking material that they have no authority to allow outside of the halls of the the Executive Branch.

    Jon’s not about to complain about the leaks because getting miscreants to feed him and his fellow “journalists” is what his world id all about. Without all the illegal and unethical leaking, he and his colleagues might have to go back to old shoe-leather technique of getting stories.

    One thing that would be nice about a return the the shoe-leather method…there likely would be fewer retractions of the phony narratives that the Fourth Estate is currently producing.

    Their thinking today is if there is no fire…it time to start one.

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