So…did “Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign “pay” an internet company to ‘infiltrate”’ servers at Trump Tower and the White House in order to link Donald Trump to Russia”? as the conservative New York Post reported one hour into February 13? That report was quickly picked up and expanded on by other news sources, notably Fox News, but only the so-called “conservative media.” Ethics Alarms reported on that depressing phenomenon the same day, noting,
If you only follow the mainstream media, meaning only those outlets that are directly doing everything they can, every day, in every way, to bolster Democratic Party narratives, progressive agendas and the prospects of minimizing the public’s support of the Republican Party, you are learning about this for the first time. If, however, you also check the conservative news and commentary sources that perform a service with their own biases by preventing the ongoing betrayal of public trust by the mainstream media from completely deceiving the nation, then you know about this breaking story already….As of right now, there are not enough facts and details to analyze the ethical implications of the story itself. However, there can be no doubt that a similar breaking story that implicated Republicans, and especially Donald Trump, would be screaming out from headlines and broadcasts from all the mainstream news sources. Thus there is sufficient evidence to conclude that this is one more striking example of the degree to which the news media is, as that crazy President Trump said years ago in perhaps his most perceptive moment, “the enemy of the people.”
Yesterday, nearly two days after the story was broken by those evil conservative news organizations, the New York Times against assumed its role as the gang-leader of the biased mainstream media, and finally mentioned the story. Its spin: ‘There goes that mains stream media conspiracy machine again!”
The headline was “Court Filing Started a Furor in Right-Wing Outlets, but Their Narrative Is Off Track.” If a reader would be engaged by news of more post-2016 election skullduggery by Democrats to bring down President Trump. nothing in that headline would give them a clue.
By this morning, having received their matching orders from the Times (and presumably the Democratic operatives who have been feeding the Times its orders, as we have periodically seen since 2016), the Washington Post ( “Why Trump is once again claiming that he was spied upon in 2016”—the story is about that crazy Trump who threatens democracy!), NBC, keeping it straight (but still nothing from MSNBC): “Tech exec used access to White House computers to look for dirt on Trump, says special counsel”; and yes, CNN had finally acknowledged a story days after a similar breaking story that implicated Republicans, and especially Donald Trump, would have been screaming out from headlines and broadcasts from all the mainstream news sources more than two days earlier. The CNN approach, amazingly unbiased compared to the Times and Wapo: “Special counsel Durham alleges Clinton campaign lawyer used data to raise suspicions about Trump.”
I’ve read them all, and others as they pop up here. This morning, the conservative Washington Free Beacon has moved on to a different angle: “Biden Had Firm at Center of Trump Hacking Scandal on Campaign Payroll.”
I still don’t know what the facts are. I can’t trust or believe anybody, and neither can you. I subscribe to Glenn Greewald’s newsletter, because I do trust him, and presumably he’ll clarify this eventually, or I’m wasting Ethics Alarms budget.
Maybe the Times is right, and the story is just a right-wing media fever dream. After Benghazi, the Russian collusion hoax, and the Hunter Biden laptop debacle however, my money’s with those stupid, lying, “Trumpist” conservative sources. That’s just a guess, though. We shouldn’t have to guess.
This is no way to run a democracy.