Back in October, BuzzFeed, which is slightly more reliable than CNN, reported:
One US official expressed confidence in Tillerson’s status due to a so-called “suicide pact” forged between Defense Secretary James Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Tillerson, whereby all three cabinet secretaries vow to leave in the event that the president makes moves against one of them.
This was picked up and spread by Never Trump people of all stripes.
Now a reckoning is due.
Every reporter now needs to ask Mattis and Mnuchin if they were serious about their "suicide pact" with Tillerson.
If they are, holy crap. That would mean Trump loses 20% of his Cabinet in one day.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) March 13, 2018
Remember all those people saying there was a “suicide pact” between Tillerson and Mattis, if one went the other did too?
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) March 13, 2018
Status report on the Tillerson, Mattis, and Mnuchin suicide pact?
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) March 13, 2018
Tillerson was fired. Mattis and Mnuchin show no signs of moving. Will BuzzFeed retract or run a correction? Will the people who spread the story have the integrity to admit that they let their dislike for Trump outweigh any commonsense they might have? Of course not. Because that is the advantage of being a Never Trump scandalmonger.