The White House allegedly attempted to smear a POLITICO reporter who published a story about an impromptu meeting with White House press secretary Sean Spicer, during which aides’ cellular devices and similar electronic devices were examined for evidence of leaks.
An article published Sunday by Alex Isenstadt and Annie Karni explains:
‘Upon entering Spicer’s office for what one person briefed on the gathering described as “an emergency meeting,” staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a “phone check,” to prove they had nothing to hide.’
The story also goes on to claim that Spicer caused deputy communications director Jessica Ditt to cry after criticizing her work, however, when speaking with POLITICO, Spicer denied the claims. “The only time Jessica recalls almost getting emotional is when we had to relay the information on the death of Chief Ryan Owens,” Spicer told POLITICO.
The information featured in the article was provided to both Isenstadt and Karni via an anonymous White House source, however, now it seems that the White House is pissed off that their dirty little secret was exposed. Another White House official has seemingly planted a story about Isensadt laughing over the death of a Navy SEAL killed in Trump’s first controversial raid on al Qaeda leaders in Yemen on January 28.
Flash forward to Sunday evening, and the Washington Examiner publishes a post entitled “Claim: Reporter laughs at Trump aide’s emotion over SEAL death.”
That’s when POLITICO’s editor Carrie Budoff Brown stepped in to accuse the White House of planting a story to smear Isenstadt after they were pissed off with claims made in his original story.
Brown took to Twitter to call out the White House for their crap, writing:
‘Reporter writes story WH doesn’t like/disputes. WH anonymously plants false story about reporter.’
Reporter writes story WH doesn't like/disputes. WH anonymously plants false story about reporter. https://t.co/2ZGue3uxfz
— Carrie Budoff Brown (@cbudoffbrown) February 27, 2017
An anonymous source spoke with the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard, the publication’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, saying Isenstadt started “laughing about that SEAL.”
The so-called “informed official” told the Bedard that Isenstadt “appeared dismissive and laughed” at Spicer’s denial.
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