Monday, November 20, 2017
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

When it comes to media reporting on President Trump, truth is the first casualty

November 5, 2017 --

Kimberley A. Strassel, in her latest incisive October 27 Wall Street Journal column on the Russiagate scandal, "The Coming Russia Bombshells," suggested that now that we learned of HIllary Clinton's role in the manufacture of Christopher Steele's anti-Trump "dossier," other "bombshells" are due, including disclosure of the FBI's role in in working with Steele and pressing to have the intelligence community take the dossier seriously. Ms. Strassel ended her column predicting that the "probe of the Democratic Party's Russian dalliance has a long, long way to go. And, let us hope, with revelations too big for even the media to ignore."

That may well be a "hope" too far. Paul Sperry, in his October 27 New York Post column cited a Media Research Center study that since January 29, the major tv networks have spent one thousand out of five thousand minutes on Trump-collusion-with-Russia stories, including references to "anonymous sources who worked in the Obama administration...." Sperry also cited a March 24, 2017 Op-Ed piece in The Washington Post, by Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri urging Democrats to "make plain that what Russia has done is nothing less than an attack on our republic...." Palmieri asserted, "Polls show that voters are now concerned about the Russia story and overwhelmlngly support an independent, bipartisan commission to take over this investigation." She further exhorted Democrats to be blunt in asserting that Republicans who would distract from the "Russia investigation" are "apologists...complicit in helping Russia undermine our democracy."

Palmieri wrote this blatant piece of propaganda disinformation -- actually distracting from the reality of the collusion smears by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats against President Trump and the Republicans -- two months before the Never Trumpers succeeded in getting -- not "an independent bipartisan commission, " but special counsel Robert Mueller III and his band of anti-Trump probers to try to bring an end to the Trump presidency.

What other purpose could she -- and, indeed, the anti-Trump Washington Post, have had in mind when she wrote in her March 24 op-ed: " The possibility of collusion between Trump's allies and Russian intelligence is much more serious than Watergate. It is a constitutional crisis. It represents a violation of our republic's most sacred trust." (Note --the mere "possibility of collusion amounted to the allegation of "a constitutional crisis" for propagandist Palmieri in her dire effort to cover up Democrat efforts to overturn an American presidential election.) )

Will a zealously partisan media, intent on nullifying the 2016 presidential election based on political bias, unfounded allegations and innuendo, suddenly reverse course and begin reporting facts in an objective manner?

When it comes to news coverage of President Trump, truthful reporting is not the prime consideration, not so long as the media's aim -- in collusion with the Democrats -- is putting an end to the Trump presidency. It is to be expected, then, that rather than issue a barrage of mea culpas for promoting the lie of Trump collusion with Russia, the media will simply adjust and come up with new, artful smears about how Trump is undermining American democracy. Consider the Jeff Flake speech in the U.S. Senate, October 24, said, by The New York Times, to denounce President Trump without mentioning his name, as the first salvo as the Never Trumpers trim their Russiagate sails.