THE PRESS FROWNS UPON MR. PRIEBUS
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is a veteran political strategist who had a distinct influence on the Republican National Committee during his six-year tenure as chairman. Mr. Priebus coaxed the GOP into realizing the value of tactical quotes and refined the party’s prowess in fundraising, budget management and the all-important grass-roots ground game.
No wonder that the news media wants him out of the White House.
“The media has ‘fired’ Reince Priebus at least 14 times since election day,” writes Aidan McLaughlin, an analyst for Mediate.com.
“If rumors that Priebus is next on the chopping block seem familiar, it’s because they’ve circulated almost weekly since Trump took office and a few even predate the president’s inauguration,” Mr. McLaughlin continues, noting these repeat reports typically use anonymous sources who claim “the knives are out” or that Mr. Priebus is on “thin ice.”
The analyst traces these stories back to Dec. 14, 2016, when Vanity Fair wondered if Mr. Priebus had “already overplayed his hand” and claiming the proverbial knives were in evidence. Meanwhile, journalists continue to insist Mr. Priebus is leaving the White House: The claims appeared in news accounts twice in February, twice in March and April, five times in May and three times already in the month of June.