A Few Important Points On The Caller’s Direct Message Non-Story
As it's hitting Memeorandum, I want to make a couple of relevant points I either haven't yet seen addressed elsewhere, or that involve me personally. I've had my differences with the aide in question, Rebecca Mansour. Not many, but there was a time when I thought we might not speak, again. That goes way back and was nothing, in hindsight, really – if anything, I think I popped off to her in email about something. It happens.
Reasonable adults roll with it in this business. It was maybe a couple years ago. Today, I consider her a friend and have always found her to be trustworthy and discreet, though about as opinionated as me, behind the scenes. She has never pushed anything out of line, or over the top, that was anti-anyone, or anything, to me.
I rather enjoy that opinionated aspect of her – and many others. It's why we're in this game – and the best are undeniably passionate about what we do.
It was a cheap-shot for the leaker and the DC, for pay, or not, to capitalize on that personal betrayal. It was not a professional betrayal. This was not a news story. She wasn't discovered pushing something to the media, or even to a blogger with even a small, but notable, platform. She was engaged in personal, private conversation.
Keep in mind, the media won't even release the full audio of an open mic episode involving Obama. Where is the DC on that story? Nowhere, because Carlson is a part of the same elitist media establishment most on the Right have come to loathe and not trust. Oh, but one aide to one former Governor engaged in private conversation – well, hell, I guess that's news, right? BS.
They were completely private remarks between individuals, not a part of any official political business. It's gossip, strictly speaking, off the cuff in what she had reason to believe was trusted company. I would imagine a great many people could get burned if a friendship, or an alliance shifted, and suddenly everything was fair game because like the purveyor of this BS some once friend had no ethics.
This was not political news – the DC only manufactured that from a personal betrayal. And for that, shame on them. I could see Politico doing it and they'd have a right to, even though I'd still denounce it. But this rag and this alleged reporter are the very same ones that tried to smear me by falsely suggesting I was paid by the RNC to shill for Steele, which was not true. Carlson's rag may be pumping its numbers up with the Beltway set given some of the crap it does – but the larger media world begins where the Beltway stops. In that regard, all Carlson does is repeatedly damage his brand with this weak BS.
May as well tell the whole story around this weak BS from the Daily Caller as regards me. Yeah, I guess I kinda did set them up a bit. But I got pissed when I heard Strong was insinuating my name into a payola story without having contacted me. So, I figured, what the hell. Maybe they have a personal venetta, as I led the fight against their silly RNC strip club story. Hmm.