The liberal media likes to attack President Donald Trump’s White House over anything that leaks out, most recently an offensive remark made by an aide about ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain.
But a CNN pundit who used to work in former President Bill Clinton’s White House suggested the comment never should have been leaked to the media, just as offensive comments during his tenure in the White House were never leaked.
According to The Daily Caller, a CNN panel on Monday which included former Clinton White House official Keith Boykin discussed the controversial remark made in regard to the Republican senator battling brain cancer.
Trump’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, had stated earlier in an interview that the comment attributed to an aide named Kelly Sadler had been uttered in a private conversation and, regardless of how offensive it may have been, should have remained private from the media.
Boykin actually agreed with Mulvaney’s assessment and revealed that he had heard plenty of “offensive” statements in private conversations during his time in Clinton’s White House, which were never shared with the media.
“Yes, he has a point,” Boykin said of Mulvaney. “In fact, I saw things that people said when I worked in the Clinton White House that I thought were offensive, and I have never disclosed some of those things.”
“Some things that probably, had (they) been leaked, people would be upset about that,” he continued.
The former aide made clear that people should be held accountable for the offensive things they may say, but in a private and discreet manner.
“At the same time, people should still be held accountable,” stated Boykin. “I privately discussed my concerns with the people who said those things when I was in the White House.”
“I think that when this happens and people do find out about it, it should be discussed,” he added.
Boykin and Mulvaney are absolutely correct in that remarks made during a private conversation should remain private and be dealt with similarly if they are truly offensive enough to warrant action.
What nobody really wants is for every remark made in private — which can be easily misconstrued or taken out of context — to be aired in the media like dirty laundry, no matter if the media likes or dislikes whoever happens to be in office at the time.