Special Counsel Investigating Alleged Russian Interference in the 2016 Election Injects “Distraction Effect”19 May 2017, 21:16 UTC
The media is devoting 24/7 coverage to the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel, former FBI director Robert S. Mueller, to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. While that move has garnered bipartisan support, there has been little to no thought given to the “distraction effect” it will have on the government, especially the president.
The distraction effect states, “Attending to the new task increases the risk of an error with one or both of the tasks because the stress of the distraction or interruption causes cognitive fatigue, which leads to omissions, mental slips or lapses, and mistakes.”
In simple terms, the current political turmoil is likely to result in mistakes by those distracted, which right now includes President Trump, his administration, and the US Congress. At this point, the integrity of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller is not the issue. President Trump and his administration’s potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 election is not the issue. The issue is the investigation itself, which is likely to fuel a major distraction. Expect lines drawn and sides taken. Expect a 24/7 media bombardment. Bad news sells. Breaking bad news sells even more.
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