As with most news junkies, I get notifications on my smart phone of breaking news alerts. Shortly after 10 am this morning, I got an alert that Paul Manafort had tendered his resignation to the Trump campaign which was accepted. Although this move was not necessarily a surprise after his “demotion” on Wednesday, I found one thing very curious. If you are following the Trump campaign, you know that this past Wednesday Donald Trump appointed republican pollster and strategist Kellyanne Conway to the position of campaign manager and Stephen Bannon the former chief at Breitbart news service as the CEO of his campaign. The line at the time was that Paul Manafort was not being demoted or pushed aside, the campaign was just adding more talent at the top. Manafort would retain the title of campaign chairman.
As I sad before, Manafort’s resignation was not a total surprise but I have the suspicion that the “fix” was in long before it was reported. Why do I make that assumption? Look at the image below. This google search was done at 10:25 this morning. As you can see, Politico, Bloomberg News and the AP wire were just picking up the story which broke shortly before 10 this morning. If you continue looking down the list, Breitbart News reported the story at about 3 o’clock this morning. I wonder how they knew 7 hours before anyone else? Good reporting? I doubt it. As I said, the “fix” was in.