Reports are emerging that Press Secretary Sean Spicer is checking staff phones to see if they’re the source of the recent leaks that have plagued the administration in its early days. It astounds me that so-called “conservatives” are reacting with liberal indignation towards this practice.
According to Washington Examiner:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer reportedly summoned his communications staff to a private meeting and demanded White House lawyers examine their phones to prove they’re not leaking to the press.
I’ve been critical of the way Spicer has handled certain situations, but this is one in which he’s clearly in the right. The sheer fact that this information came out at all in the form of another anonymous leak who was present in the closed-door gathering is justification enough for Spicer’s actions.
There’s a fine line between freedom of the press and over-indulgent government leaks. The press cannot be censored as some have recently called for even if we feel that they’re our enemy as the public relations arm of the Democratic party. Simultaneously, those in the government should not be leaking information as readily as it’s been flowing in recent weeks. As serious as this situation is and as much as I hate equating it to a game, it really is. This is cat and mouse; the press must do what it can to find information and report it while the government must keep certain pieces of information secret. We need transparency to a certain extent, but having a porous White House is not benefiting the administration or America.
Sean Spicer is acting in the same manner as a communication director for a major company. If there are leaks with access to the top of a company, it behooves that communication director to do whatever is legal and within his power to stop the leaks. Spicer’s actions in this regard are righteous. It’s his duty to the nation to prevent sensitive materials from leaking to the press. That’s not to say that we need to be in the dark, but much of the information that’s being leaked is intended to hurt this administration and hamstring the country.
If you’re thinking that this somehow hurts freedom of the press or individual freedoms of the individuals who have to get their phones checked, you’re missing the point altogether.