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Former Fox News Host Cites This as 'the Worst Journalistic Fiasco' He's Ever Seen. He's Not Wrong
Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2020 | Matt Vespa

Posted on 05/13/2020 4:55:04 AM PDT by Kaslin

Former Fox News host Brit Hume has seen a lot on his career in media that spans five decades. He’s still a regular fixture on the network, serving as a senior political analyst, but he has cited one event that has been a total trainwreck for the industry: The Trump-Russia collusion hoax.

From the get-go, it started out as sour grapes from liberals. How could Hillary lose; Trump must’ve cheated? This circus began quickly. As we now know, former President Barack Obama held a key meeting on January 5, 2017—days before the Trump inauguration—to lay out his game plan for protecting the FBI’s counterintelligence probe into Russian collusion. Preferably, it would be nice if the Trump team never found out about it. And so, the deluge of targeted leaks, which was part of executing Barry’s last-minute order was initiated.

How many bombshells did we endure? How many fell apart within 36-48 hours? Too many to count because there is no evidence of Russian collusion. It’s one of those fantastic lies the liberal media peddled and got the base of the Democratic Party rambunctious with impeachment lust. It took the special counsel investigation and an IG report from the Department of Justice to debunk this clown show. Both reports shot holes through the whole narrative and slicing away at the Trump dossier, a piece of Democrat opposition research funded by the party and the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was compiled by an ex-MI6 spook and it was mostly unverified gossip. And yet, it was used to secure a spy warrant against former Trump campaign official, Carter Page.

What else? Oh, there’s the total screw up from CNN, who reported that Donald Trump. Jr. and other top aides got a decryption key code from a donor that accessed troves of documents relating to the DNC and John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman. The problem: well, if CNN bothered to read the timestamp of the email, the Wikileaks Democratic document dump was already public.

CNN Admits Story on Don Jr… Is A Bunch Of Bananas

Oh, and that anonymous source who said Donald Trump knew about his son’s meeting with some Russians in Trump Tower during the 2016 election, which turned out to be a colossal waste of time as the meeting was not what they thought would be the topic of discussion, blew up as well. The source was longtime Democratic lawyer Lanny Davis, who served as counsel to Trump defector Michael Cohen. Davis retracted the whole story and apologized for being “cute” about it. He admitted that it could not be corroborated and doubted if it was accurate. Then, there's Van Jones, CNN contributor and former Obama official, who said the collusion story is a nothing burger.

What about Brian Ross? The now-ex-ABC News reporter dropped a story that was fake and tanked the markets. He took to air saying that during the 2016 election candidate Trump ordered Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians. Well, it didn’t take long for the timeline to reveal that this order was given after the 2016 election by President-elect Trump, as this was run-of-the-mill transition moves from a new incoming administration. Yeah, this is what killed the narrative that Trump’s tweeting was harmful, not nearly as bad as when Ross opens his mouth. Remember, this is the guy who said the Aurora shooter might be a Tea Party member. This was also taken to air without proper vetting. Ross is trash, but so are a lot of his colleagues. And these are just some of the bombshells that turned out to be baseless gossip.

It was considered tin foil hat talk to suggest that Michael Flynn was the victim of an FBI run amok. It’s not. New documents show that Flynn was the subject of an entrapment plot spearheaded by the bureau’s top brass, like James Comey and Andrew McCabe, both disgraced, who wanted to get Flynn no matter what. We have former Obama officials going on MSNBC and claiming they have evidence of collusion when they really have none. That was exposed in a document dump from acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell. So, you can see why Hume said this story was the “worst journalistic fiasco” he’s seen in his entire career (via Washington Examiner):

Oh, and that anonymous source who said Donald Trump knew about his son’s meeting with some Russians in Trump Tower during the 2016 election, which turned out to be a colossal waste of time as the meeting was not what they thought would be the topic of discussion, blew up as well. The source was longtime Democratic lawyer Lanny Davis, who served as counsel to Trump defector Michael Cohen. Davis retracted the whole story and apologized for being “cute” about it. He admitted that it could not be corroborated and doubted if it was accurate. Then, there's Van Jones, CNN contributor and former Obama official, who said the collusion story is a nothing burger

What about Brian Ross? The now-ex-ABC News reporter dropped a story that was fake and tanked the markets. He took to air saying that during the 2016 election candidate Trump ordered Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians. Well, it didn’t take long for the timeline to reveal that this order was given after the 2016 election by President-elect Trump, as this was run-of-the-mill transition moves from a new incoming administration. Yeah, this is what killed the narrative that Trump’s tweeting was harmful, not nearly as bad as when Ross opens his mouth. Remember, this is the guy who said the Aurora shooter might be a Tea Party member. This was also taken to air without proper vetting. Ross is trash, but so are a lot of his colleagues. And these are just some of the bombshells that turned out to be baseless gossip.

It was considered tin foil hat talk to suggest that Michael Flynn was the victim of an FBI run amok. It’s not. New documents show that Flynn was the subject of an entrapment plot spearheaded by the bureau’s top brass, like James Comey and Andrew McCabe, both disgraced, who wanted to get Flynn no matter what. We have former Obama officials going on MSNBC and claiming they have evidence of collusion when they really have none. That was exposed in a document dump from acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell. So, you can see why Hume said this story was the “worst journalistic fiasco” he’s seen in his entire career (via Washington Examiner):

"It was the worst journalistic fiasco of now my more than 50 some years in journalism.

It was a disaster."@BritHume called the media's coverage of @realDonaldTrump's alleged collusion with Russia the "worst journalistic fiasco" he's seen in his 50-year career. pic.twitter.com/lOOYSgtrDp— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 13, 2020

Longtime veteran journalist Brit Hume called the media's coverage of President Trump's alleged collusion with Russia the "worst journalistic fiasco" he's seen in his 50-year career.

Hume's criticism comes in light of a trending social media theme of #Obamagate after former President Barack Obama expressed his concern over the Justice Department dropping charges against Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn last Friday.

Flynn was fired in early 2017 for lying about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador. Trump and his allies have accused Obama of being aware of a "deep state" ploy within the highest levels of federal law enforcement to deny Trump the presidency.

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"It was the worst journalistic fiasco of now my more than 50 some years in journalism," Hume said on Fox News's The Story with Martha MacCallum on Tuesday. "It was a disaster."

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"It was a terrible journalistic misjudgment, and it was rooted in their view, in my opinion, it was rooted in their view of Donald Trump that when this charge arose, they thought so little of him and that he was such a terrible person, that had to be true," Hume continued.

And they’re still doing it. The Trump-Russia collusion posse still hasn’t admitted that they were wrong. The bias against Trump, as Hume noted in his TV spot, also carries into other stories about the White House. But the media poured gasoline on a fake story that set forth the impeachment of a president. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow desperately wanted the Trump dossier to be fact. It wasn’t. None of this story was real. It was a hoax. And those who weaponized it to attack Trump are starting to get some blowback for their antics, as they should. 


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 2016election; 4thestate5thcolumn; brithume; domesticenemies; enemiesofthepeople; fakenews; journalism; journolism; leftwingmedia; libmediabias; mediots; presstitutes; russia
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1 posted on 05/13/2020 4:55:04 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

A lot of these journalists were not “fooled”. It wasn’t that they “really thought he was guilty”.

They were out to get him any way they could. They push the Narrative they are told to push. Guilt, innocent, truth, fiction — those things don’t enter into the equation at any stage. Trump isn’t Hillary — so let’s get him!


2 posted on 05/13/2020 4:58:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: Kaslin

It’s actually nauseating to hear someone who OUGHT to know better, saying what all the rest of us have known all along!


3 posted on 05/13/2020 5:00:29 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Nobility is defined by the demands it makes on us - by obligations, not by rights".)
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To: Kaslin

How I detest Obama, his hench men(administration) & the truly sleazy complicit media mouthpiece.


4 posted on 05/13/2020 5:03:56 AM PDT by existentially_kuffer
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To: Kaslin

From the get-go, it started out as sour grapes from liberals. How could Hillary lose; Trump mustÂ’ve cheated?

Sour grapes my ass! It was pure, raging, unchecked frustrated Evil. And it didn’t just spring into being AFTER the election either.


5 posted on 05/13/2020 5:04:45 AM PDT by TalBlack
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To: SMARTY

Brit is no friend of Trump or conservatives. He’s an arrogant, self-assured “lefty” in my book.

It must have been hard for him to say this.


6 posted on 05/13/2020 5:07:51 AM PDT by Ken Regis
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To: ClearCase_guy
A lot of these journalists were not “fooled”. It wasn’t that they “really thought he was guilty”.

They were out to get him any way they could. They push the Narrative they are told to push. Guilt, innocent, truth, fiction — those things don’t enter into the equation at any stage. Trump isn’t Hillary — so let’s get him!

Exactly.

It was not a mistake.

It was an evil plot.

So called "journalists" have been shown to be evil propagandists.

7 posted on 05/13/2020 5:07:55 AM PDT by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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To: TalBlack

MSM are so deeply implicated in the plot to stop Trump/oust President Trump, they have little choice but to behave as insanely as they have...and the MSM not complicit nonetheless have taken their side.

they have self-destructed.


8 posted on 05/13/2020 5:09:09 AM PDT by MAGAthon
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To: SMARTY

“What difference does it make Brett now.” The damage has been piling up for 3+ years. The ONLY way to cure it would be to send a regiment of marines out to each “news” room and rake it with automatic weapons. That would at least ensure going forward things would be even. Of course that is not going to happen. The same people using extra constitutional means to bring down an administration hide by the first amendment of the constitution. Anyone with half a brain could look at what has been going on and say since the first amendment does not protect criminal conspiracies spouting malicious news how about putting them in jail. Unfortunately about half the nation would be in jail were that to be successfully pursued.


9 posted on 05/13/2020 5:10:41 AM PDT by Mouton (The media is the enemy of the people.)
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To: Kaslin
We're all now a bunch of mask wearing sheep.

Probably over 95% of Americans have no clue of the depths of the lies the media tells them.

10 posted on 05/13/2020 5:11:05 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Ken Regis

The thing is going to have a lot of fall out for ‘journalists’.

It’s going to drive a wedge into their ranks when they realize their personal integrity will be openly challenged.

They’ll have to either keep on lying to ‘sell newspapers’ or else bite the bullet and admit their own lack of courage for never having questioned what they always suspected to be a lie.


11 posted on 05/13/2020 5:11:43 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Nobility is defined by the demands it makes on us - by obligations, not by rights".)
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To: Kaslin

Brit Hume realizes that he was not the most informed journalist the past 4 years.


12 posted on 05/13/2020 5:11:57 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: MAGAthon

They have not self-destructed.

More than half the nation still both believes and depends on their dails BS......


13 posted on 05/13/2020 5:14:29 AM PDT by Arlis
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To: Kaslin

Really, you’re just now picking up on this Brit?

This knucklehead is clueless!


14 posted on 05/13/2020 5:15:24 AM PDT by Artcore (Trump 2020!)
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To: Ken Regis

Brit is no friend of Trump or conservatives. He’s an arrogant, self-assured “lefty” in my book.

It must have been hard for him to say this.


That’s not true. He’s been calling BS on Chicom flu and and shing a light on Obamagate for quite some time.


15 posted on 05/13/2020 5:15:56 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: ClearCase_guy

“A lot of these journalists were not “fooled”. It wasn’t that they “really thought he was guilty”.”

Completely agree. It irritates me that conservative commentators keep saying that these people really believe what they are saying. That grants them the ability to have an honest sentiment, which they don’t. They are all liars.


16 posted on 05/13/2020 5:16:15 AM PDT by odawg
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To: DCPatriot

Interesting that McCallum ended the interview right after Hume mentioned WuFlu coverage...


17 posted on 05/13/2020 5:16:18 AM PDT by mewzilla (Break out the mustard seeds.)
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To: Mouton

We DO have laws on the books against character assassination, slander and libel.

Victims have recourse in the law against individuals/groups who openly and intentionally defame them with what they KNOW to be false!


18 posted on 05/13/2020 5:16:59 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Nobility is defined by the demands it makes on us - by obligations, not by rights".)
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To: Kaslin
Even IF the Russians were capable of influencing the election what would they have to gain by sabotaging Her Heinous' campaign? Especially since she enabled Putin to get his hot little hands on all that uranium. She would've been 0bama 2.0. THAT DOES NOT COMPUTE!
19 posted on 05/13/2020 5:17:57 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (Virtue signalling is no virtue)
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To: Ken Regis

Well, he did make a comment that they are repeating their behavior in regards to virus reporting... shutdown good anything else bad.

So, if they were exactly wrong about Russia scamgate,... maybe we shouldn’t be so gung ho about falling for their virus scamgate.


20 posted on 05/13/2020 5:18:21 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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