Shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, Sean Spicer, a televised briefing at the White house.
And this is just a message, because so many reports in the media, predicted, suspected, or indicated that he would be gone.
This is at least the fifth or sixth wave of stories and segments, suggesting that the press spokesman, fired, moved out of the daily briefings, or otherwise downgraded and degraded. And each time, they have obituaries to be premature.
The “shakeup” story is a staple of American journalism, but with this government, it is practically a daily fixation.
Spicer is not only the White house official, you can get the treatment. Reince Priebus has been reporting for several cycles of breath, that he is considering a half from the door; in fact, Axios history yesterday, President Trump said a veteran lobbyist as his new chief of staff. Steve Bannon was pushed to the edge, if not booted, after his feud with Jared Kushner poured seen in public; he is still a part of the inner circle.
The same is true for Kushner, who is the subject of media chatter was that he might have to give up to be part of its portfolio, or to temporarily step aside, because this is the FBI with a view to its contacts with Russia, even if he is not a subject or target of the probe. This is not happening.
Now, these stories are driven in part by leaks from various White house factions dumping on rivals, so you can suck up hardly any up the guilt a Reporter for dust. But this often makes it difficult to distinguish what is real and what is driven by personal agendas.
At the same time, Trump is clearly unhappy with his communications team. Mike Dubke resignation as communications Director after only three months in office, it was announced yesterday. He was an outsider, was not able to build a relationship with the President, and almost no one in America knew who he was.
Trump does not want to have to beef up the PR team, but outside of the “war room” to handle, rapid response to the Russia-investigation and perhaps other issues. He spoke with former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and former Deputy campaign manager, Dave Bossie of accession to such efforts, which have been decided on within or outside of the White house, but nothing.
But this does not mean necessarily that other people will be dismissed.
White House personnel changes are not uncommon, as an administration, which is trying to his. In the first months of the Clinton administration, George Stephanopoulos, who was briefing the press, was, according to an internal role, and David Gergen, who had worked for the Republican President, was as a top adviser.
But the cover of the Trump White house has a soap opera quality. And the President can be counted on to keep the plot moving with his Twitter attacks on what he calls the fake news to the press.
Spicer reinforced on the podium yesterday. He took a brief approach, distraction, questions about Kushner and the FBI, saying that the case is being investigated, and he would not respond to unconfirmed statements from anonymous sources.
The spokesman also said that Trump was frustrated by the “perpetuation of the false narratives” are based on unnamed sources. He cited as an example of fake news, a fake tweet from a BBC reporter, elsewhere picked up again, that Trump was not to hear the Italian market leader in the G-7 summit, because he’s not wearing headphones for the translation; it turned out that he was using a small handset.
One of these days, the shakeup of the stories are right and some of the top-left helper or be asked to leave. But for now, Sean Spicer to do is fight on the podium.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.