To the Editor:
Ed Washak’s “Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up” comment in last week’s Ledger Forum was suitable also for this week’s news cycle. And no doubt it will be for many more weeks to come. This week we learned (after another White House shake-up) that the new White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, has decided to purge his own personal Twitter account so that none of his previous tweets will be seen to run counter to, or distract from, the Trump administration’s agenda.
Evidently, some of the director’s past tweets voiced opinions that are at odds with the current administration, notably on gun control and climate change. The director claims that his views have now “evolved”; I am not sure “evolve” is the right word as that usually implies some advancement or progress. However, be that as it may, he apparently thinks the fact that he is declaring his intention to delete the tweets that don’t toe the GOP (or more likely, Trump’s) line illustrates “full transparency.”
Whenever we hear someone in the Trump administration talking about transparency, there is probably some effort to obfuscate some thing or another. The word seems to have some other meaning for them. No cameras allowed in press briefings? Assuredly, it is most likely in the interest of full transparency.
There is now a new White House communications director after Trump’s own heart. Trump will have his loyalty. Let’s hope for the best.
Stacey L. Chatman