THE PRESS FROWNS UPON MR. PRIEBUS

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

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.

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