A behind the scenes look at one of the most powerful institutions in the world - exposing bickering, disagreements and dysfunction - has sent shock waves throughout the nation.

No, I’m not talking about the recent book about the Trump White House. Everyone already knew what a mess that is.

The story that stunned the nation was the inside look at the New England Patriots by ESPN. (Don’t’ forget, Entertainment comes before Sports in our name.)

The Patriots always forged a reputation as being this efficient, well-oiled machine, but with less personality.

Instead, what we learned from the ESPN story was that - gasp - sometimes there are disagreements.

It turns out that Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Robert Kraft sometimes have differing opinions.

Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Boiled down, that’s what the ESPN story has left us with: The realization that people occasionally argue, discussions are had, decisions are made, deals are finalized, and not everyone gets their way or walks off happy.

Talk about insightful! This sounds like every social group that has ever existed throughout human history.

Of course, any suggestion that the Patriots are like any other social group in history gives Pat fans indigestion and a case of the vapors. Some fans literally held the back of their hand up against their forehead and swooned.

When was the last time you saw someone swoon?

Any swooning fans not caught by a friend or loved on the way down and who hit their head on floor were entered immediately into the NFL concussion protocol and were limited participants during wildcard weekend.

Meanwhile, the Patriots organization responded to the ESPN story with a professionally written statement denying everything reported, including the fact that Belichick, Brady and Kraft even know one another.

They also refuted the Mean Girl characterization of the organization and each of them claimed they couldn’t be happier being right where they are today, which is living on the third planet from the sun.

All kidding aside, who really knows how agreeable everyone is in Foxboro. The real point is that they denied it expertly and professionally and moved on from it in an adult-like manner.

This is in complete contrast to how the President of the United States, Donald Trump, handled a similar situation.

Now I’m talking about the Michael Wolff book that exposed the dysfunction, backstabbing and chaos going on inside the Trump White House.

As I’ve said, all the stuff we already knew about.

Instead of a professionally written statement denying the content of the book, Trump decided to tweet about it during “Executive Time” while sitting on a White House commode.

Among the characterizations Trump refuted was that he is not competent or mentally stable. To show how wrong the book was he tweeted:

“Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.”

He also tweeted that he was a “very stable genius.”

Do you know how to tell when someone is not a genius or very stable? They are the people always telling you they are a genius or very stable.

I’m pretty sure Albert Einstein never had to tell someone he was a “very stable genius.” People just knew it.

Similar to how we already know what’s under that weird hair of Trump’s. It’s anything but the mind of a very stable genius.

Lee lives in Medway. Email him at lee.online@verizon.net.