With senior Obama aides starting to drop like flies – and Rahm himself likely to leave soon – reporters are now desperate to figure out who’s going – and when – before someone else figures it out.
It’s part of the new sad state of journalism. The web has created so much competition and such a need to post it as quickly as possible that the quality of what you read is being diminished faster than you can say “get two sources who say the same thing and aren’t speculating.”
In this piece out today, Daily Caller White House reporter Jon Ward asked White House political guru David Axelrod to respond to “rumors” that he’ll be out by the end of the year. This is not a bad tactic, as long as you weren’t going to actually write a story based on the rumors and were just using it to ferret out information.
Jon’s a good reporter and so I assume that’s what he was doing.
Axelrod took the bait, responding by email that, “I’ll be here well into 2011. At some point, I’ll leave to work on reelect.”
Oh, and what “reelect?” Have we announced yet? Usually presidents at least pretend for a while that they’re not running for reelection.