PESKY ‘CHAOS’ JOUR­NAL­ISM KEEPS BUZZING

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

The ever-in­ven­tive news me­dia used the sud­den de­par­ture of White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor An­thony Scara­mucci as a spring­board for cre­ativ­ity — of­fer­ing minute-by-minute time­lines and mul­ti­ple ways to de­scribe Mr. Scara­mucci’s exit. He was sacked, fired, re­moved, “es­corted off White House prop­erty” — that came from CNN — and re­signed all on his own, ac­cord­ing to dif­fer­ent re­ports. There was also an eruption of the now fa­mil­iar “chaos” jour­nal­ism, us­ing the event as yet another ex­am­ple of “chaos” in the White House.

But there was no chaos in the White House on Mon­day. Not at all.

Pres­i­dent Trump took part in sig­nif­i­cant events that all went off as planned — and on cam­era. The af­ter­noon press brief­ing took place, com­plete with Trea­sure Sec­re­tary Steven T. Mnuchin and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser H.R. McMaster pa­tiently ex­plain­ing new fi­nan­cial sanc­tions against Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro. Through­out it all, new White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly — the man who has been at the epi­cen­ter of me­dia squawk­ing — ap­peared serene.

“As the news broke that An­thony Scara­mucci will not be tak­ing over as White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor so new Chief of Staff John Kelly can start with his own team, Kelly was in the East Room for a Medal of Honor cer­e­mony,” noted John T. Ben­net, of CQ Roll Call, in the White House press pool re­port. “He is seated in the sec­ond row of the cen­ter sec­tion on the right, and has been chat­ting with Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Mnuchin and oth­ers. He has been smil­ing and ap­pears in good spir­its.”

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