Thursday, May 26, 2022

Russiagate: A very disinterested media

Another Big Story the Press Missed

WASHINGTON -- The day after Robby Mook, the head of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for the presidency, implicated her at the top of a conspiracy to link Donald Trump in 2016 with a Russian bank, I could find no mention of it in the leading newspapers of the Republic, save The Wall Street Journal. The Journal covered Mook's testimony in a federal courtroom quite well. Yet, I looked through The New York Times and The Washington Post with my legendary thoroughness and could find no hint of Mook's testimony. Not even in the Help Wanted sections, not even in the much-vaunted Style section.

The Journal covered Mook's testimony thus in its first paragraph on page A4: "Hillary Clinton approved of an effort in the months before the 2016 election to provide the press with research purporting to show a computer link between the company of her GOP rival, Donald Trump, and a Russian bank, her presidential campaign manager Robby Mook testified on Friday." Said the Times on this important piece of news on Saturday: "(Nothing.)" Said the Post on Saturday: "(Nothing.)" If I were a reader of either newspaper, I would want a refund. Quite possibly, I would want to switch newspapers to the Journal or to the Washington Times, which does not publish on Saturday or Sunday but came out Monday with a very reliable report.

This is the way the Clinton news has been reported for years. One or two newspapers report a recent Clinton pratfall, and the rest of the media is mum for, say, days or weeks or months or years. Then the Clintons' Episodic Apologists in the media would come alive for a month or two before falling asleep again. During the Whitewater scandals, I would pop into New York City and make the rounds of the media to see if any of the know-it-alls had any word of the current scandal; scandals have been emanating from the Clintons for at least 40 years. Some were aware of the current scandal. Many were not. They were not kidding. They were really in the dark until the Times finally broke the story, and then it was OK for dolts in the newsroom to mention it.

Posted: May 26, 2022 12:01 AM

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