When Your Job Is Finding Positive News Stories About the President, You Have to Say ‘Screw It’ and Just Quit

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Previously, on White House Apprentice, we found out that Donald Trump has a folder delivered to him twice daily that contains positive cable news clippings, articles, interview transcripts, tweets and even photos of himself that show him “looking powerful” on TV. The folder was curated by the White House Communications Office to make sure the president saw only positive news about himself.


Andy Hemming, the 31-year-old White House director of rapid response, was paid $89,000 a year to curate those positive news articles and redistribute them daily. A former senior adviser for research at the Republican National Committee during the 2016 election cycle, Hemming reportedly worked from 5:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. every weekday at the White House, searching for positive mainstream media coverage of Trump and his administration, which he would then redistribute to high-profile reporters and talking heads.

According to Politico, Hemming left his job Monday in what is being described by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a “mutual decision.”


Because who wants to be that guy? There is nothing positive to say about the president unless you are an “alt-right,” white supremacy, white nationalist, neo-Nazi news organization that cannot get enough of your leader without his hood on. It couldn’t have been easy, no matter how good the money was, to basically be tasked with giving the president the equivalent of a media hand job on a daily basis. How do you face your family every night after that?

I guess, in Hemming’s case, he didn’t, since he only left work for six-and-a-half hours a day. You would have to be married to it, I guess. The struggle to find positive spin on this shit show of an administration had to be really real.


Hemming’s abrupt departure is just the latest shake-up in an administration that has been full of departures as of late.

We are still waiting for the greatest departure of them all, and we are hoping he will take his little vice president friend with him when he leaves.


Read more at Politico.

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