Don't Believe the Media Hype About Trump & Russia
Reading the headlines from much of the mainstream media’s news reporting has become eerily similar to browsing the latest salacious tabloid covers in the check-out line at the local grocery store.
According to The Washington Post and its unnamed sources, Donald Trump disclosed “highly classified information” to the Russian foreign minister which “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.” One problem: National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster says these sources were not even present during Trump’s meeting. As we noted yesterday, per McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, this dezinformatsiya was not the case. And yet the Post stands by the charges of its unnamed sources, and the Leftmedia at large demand Trump answer for his supposed careless, dangerous and maybe illegal action. Talk about the tail wagging the dog.
And then on Tuesday, tag-teaming off the Post’s successful scandal spin, The New York Times threw out its latest hearsay hit piece — the supposed existence of a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey. Once again according to unnamed sources, the Times alleges that in a meeting this past January between Trump and Comey, the president requested that the then-FBI director end an investigation into Gen. Mike Flynn, Trump’s then-national security advisor. Now, the Times admits that it hasn’t actually seen the memo, but suggests that it’s legitimate anyway. No comment yet from Comey. One would think a responsible journalist would seek to both obtain an actual copy of the memo in question, authenticate its veracity and seek a comment from its author, before basing a blockbuster on hearsay.
On a side note: If the implication of the memo turns out to be true, then obviously Trump has something to answer for. But Comey would also find himself in hot water for breaking the law by failing to report immediately to the Justice Department an attempt to interfere in a federal investigation, irrespective of who made the request. In other words, Comey would know better, and since he didn’t act then, it implies that there’s little substance to this story. It’s just more rumor and speculation being passed off by the Times as legitimate news.
Why did The Washington Post lower its journalistic standards to those of the National Enquirer? And when did The New York Times start answering to the execs at the Globe? When did mere hearsay and rumors reach the level of need-to-know reporting, and at what point did the account of “unnamed sources” rise to a level of greater legitimacy than statements from senior officials on record? While those questions may be somewhat hyperbolic, the fact of the matter is that MSM journalistic standards have taken a nose dive in the era of Trump.
Once again, the Leftmedia objective is to take Trump down because they both enjoy an increase in readership and ad revenue and they object to Trump’s reforming agenda. But honestly, Trump has made himself an easy target, and he’s all too willing to get dirty with the pig. This injures him in two ways: It lends greater legitimacy to the MSM and it proves to distract both him and Republicans from plowing forward with enacting government reforms.