The leftstream media went into full meltdown mode Friday after President Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to the jobs report.

With the speed of the ace reporters of yore leaping into action when an actual story breaks, they all leaped to their keyboards and tapped out stories about how Trump “broke protocol,” may have broken a federal rule, may be guilty of insider trading or “worse,” was “indiscreet with confidential information,” and on. And on.

Here’s a sampling:

From the NYT: Trump Touts Jobs Report Before Official Release, Breaking Protocol

From WaPo: Trump breaks with decades of protocol with tweet before release of jobs report

From USA Today: Trump tweet on jobs report may have breached a 1985 federal directive

From NBC News:  Trump breaks protocol with jobs report tweet

From MarketWatch: Trump’s jobs tweet was a lot worse than insider trading

What information did the president reveal that caused this meltdown?


Seriously, that’s it.

Former Obama admin officials also had plenty to say about the president looking forward to seeing the employment numbers:

The main complaint appears to be that the president “broke protocol” in his tweet. Protocol, however, is not law, and in this case, it’s nothing more than a policy directive.

USA Today reports:

[A] 1985 Office of Management and Budget policy directive published in the Federal Register during the administration of President Ronald Reagan outlined an updated procedure to ensure that the jobs report and other significant federal economic indicators would not be released prematurely.

“All employees of the Executive Branch who receive prerelease distribution of information and data estimates … are responsible for assuring that there is no release prior to the official release time,” the directive said.

“Except for members of the staff of the agency issuing the principal economic indicator who have been designated by the agency head to provide technical explanations of the data, employees of the Executive Branch shall not comment publicly on the data until at least one hour after the official release time,” the directive added.

The question appears to be whether or not this restriction applies to the president, and if it does, if he did reveal anything that violates it (like the actual numbers).

USA Today continues:

Jacob Frenkel, a former SEC enforcement attorney, said protocol, practice and tradition, no matter how long in existence, “are not laws or regulations.”

As the nation’s chief executive, the president has the right to disseminate information as he sees fit, said Frenkel, who added: “He did not break or violate any securities laws and acted entirely within his discretion.”

However, Jason Furman, who chaired the Council of Economic Advisers during President Barack Obama’s second term, told The New York Times via email in March 2017: “The interpretation of our administration (like Clinton and Bush) was that this applied to POTUS” (President of the United States). “There were times they wanted Obama to comment, his flight or whatever was taking off at 9:20 and they would hold off until 9:30 so he could comment then.”

Interestingly, CNN’s John King dared anyone to locate evidence of any president since Reagan who breached this protocol.  The GOP accepted the dare.


It’s become apparent that the more the media churns itself into a ludicrous feeding frenzy, the better the news for the President and usually, as with Friday’s jobs report, for America.

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