Isn’t it time we did away with the position of White House Press Secretary?
We’ve reached the point now where the person who occupies this position is intentionally kept in the dark about anything remotely important, so they can honestly say they “don’t know” when asked by the press about anything at all controversial. If it’s something about which they should at least know something about the administration’s policy, they can merely say they “aren’t allowed” to discuss it. The WHPS may be the most uninformed senior member of any presidential administration.
Yet we pay this person well into six figures of taxpayer money . . . for what, exactly? This person is supposed to be the liaison between the White House and the press. And we’re now to the point where stonewalling, obfuscating, spinning, parsing, and generally preventing the flow of truthful information are accepted and acknowledged parts of the job description (standard disclaimer about these things also being endemic to politics itself notwithstanding).
Why are we paying someone to mislead us, stonewall us, and flack for the president–someone who basically runs an overglorified White House PR shop? Any time there’s any sort of controversy at all, you can bet the WHPS will be doing everything he/she can to make sure we know as little as possible. So why should we pay for that? It’s pretty insulting, really.
I say we de-fund the office. If the president wants paid flacks, he can fund the position from his own pocket, or he can pay for the office out of campaign contributions.
And yes, I’m speaking as much about the previous administration as I am about this one.