Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, January 26, 2016:
There are a bunch of media pieces like this. I picked this one because its headline and opening push a narrative that is completely discredited by its closing paragraphs. The narrative is that State Department officials are “fleeing” Trump. The reality is that political appointees were asked to resign.
There’s an ‘ongoing mass exodus’ at the State Department of people who don’t want to work for Trump
Senior officials are fleeing the State Department in the first days of President Donald Trump’s administration, according to The Washington Post.
Patrick Kennedy, the State Department’s undersecretary for management, and three of his top officials resigned abruptly recently, The Post reported. All are career diplomats who have served under presidents from both parties.
Two other senior leaders in the State Department left earlier this month. Post columnist Josh Rogin characterized it as an “ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”
David Wade, who was the State Department’s chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry, told The Post that it’s “the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember.”
…cut to the ending
State Department spokesman Mark Toner responded to the Post story with a statement characterizing resignations during a transition in administration as normal.
“As is standard with every transition, the outgoing administration, in coordination with the incoming one, requested all politically appointed officers submit letters of resignation,” he said in the stateme
“While this appears to be a large turnover in a short period of time, a change of administration always brings personnel changes, and there is nothing unusual about rotations or retirements in the Foreign Service,” the statement said. “Indeed, both are essential to the development of a steady stream of experienced leaders ready to assume critical roles at State.”
Here’s Matt Lee trying his best to educate the media:
Don’t worry. FactCheck will still rate it as Mostly True. Snopes will make assorted noises that sound like they mean something. Because our media is all Fake News, all the time.
Remember all that stuff we said at the beginning. It’s a bunch of fake news.
Instead of a “mass exodus” of desperate State refugees fleeing Trump, a handful of political appointees were told to resign. Patrick Kennedy, one of the more prominent of the bunch, had lobbied to keep his job.