Actual statements made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer:
“On Fox News on March 14th, Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement. ‘Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News…'”
“All we’re doing is literally reading off what other stations, and people have reported and I think that casts the concern on some of the activities that may have occurred during the ’16 election. We’re not casting judgement on that. I think the idea is to say that if these organizations and these individuals came to these conclusions, they merit looking into.”
If all we are doing is literally reading off what other stations and people have reported, then we do not actually have a government right now, but rather, we have an official state media outlet which is regularly just a bit too slow to lead with the breaking news.
It’s very strange, to me at least, that the White House is basing its actions and investigations on unnamed sources from Fox News. I thought the 24/7 news cycle was the enemy to the American people? I thought we hated unnamed sources? Well, the 24/7 news is the enemy when the only office on Earth with access to all intelligence within the American government takes a headline as credible reasoning, and thus results in The United States of American needing to offer an apology to the British government.
Fox News is a private organization that exists well within the realms of freedom of the press and freedom of speech; they are allowed to basically say anything they wish. How is The White House able to justify that claims made on Fox News, or any news organization for that matter, are claims automatically worth looking in to? How are these “news headlines” suddenly worth the time of the White House?
The President has access to any and all information. He can ask for it at any time. I hope that reactionary tweets and press statements come to a halt before more apologies need to be issued. At least this time, it was only hurt feelings with our allies that we had to worry about….
Link to video here.