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Media Must Report Truth Of Anti-Trump Spy Operation Before Itís Too Late For Them
The Federalist ^ | May 17, 2020 | Mollie Hemmingway

Posted on 05/17/2020 3:53:40 PM PDT by Kaslin

As facts about the Obama administration's spying and leaking are spilling out, media have a brief window of opportunity to salvage some credibility.


As new details emerge about the Obama administration’s broad spying-and-leaking campaign against the incoming Trump administration, reporters have a choice to make about whether to cover this story honestly, at long last. There is a brief window of time afforded the media to get the story right. They should take advantage of it.

Journalist Lee Smith already noted the seriousness of the problem facing legacy media after the implosion of the Russia collusion conspiracy theory they peddled. “Americans still want and need accurate information on which to base their decisions about their own lives and the path that the country should take. But neither the legacy media nor the expert class it sustains is likely to survive the post-dossier era in any recognizable form,” he wrote. “For them, Russiagate is an extinction level event.”

Many of our supposedly smart media elites are dinosaurs who are completely unaware of the asteroid headed right to them. Instead, they are doing their part in an all-hands-on-deck effort to continue pushing out Democratic talking points that got them into the mess. This week, that meant they regurgitated the Democratic claim that the Obama administration’s spying and leaking was “normal” and that to be concerned about it is nothing more than a “distraction.”

The Media Are in Too Deep

The less deft at pushing out the partisan talking point include MSNBC’s Brian Williams, who literally asked implicated former CIA chief John Brennan if he could “once and for all” explain to people who had heard about the scandal despite his corporation’s best efforts why it was no big deal. Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo complained that a biased NBC News piece that itself attempted to wave away the scandal was not biased enough for his liking. The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein begged Axios not to cover the issue lest it help Trump, in the way that covering Hillary Clinton’s email scandal may have helped Trump.

Susan Glasser at the New Yorker suggested that acknowledging the Obama administration’s recorded attempts to undermine a duly elected administration through spying and leaking was a form of political agitprop. Her husband Peter Baker over at the New York Times took the same line but went with the authoritative gaslighting approach in which he suggested it was odd that Trump would want to correct the false narrative that he was a traitor to his country and replace it with the truth that he was the victim of a coordinated attack to spy on his campaign, criminally leak against him, and force him out of office. CNN’s Jake Tapper, a journalist implicated in one of the early Russia hoax stories, reported for duty to spread this partisan talking point as well.

Many of these people are simply in too deep. They’re not giving back the awards they got for peddling the false story uncritically. To do so is a level of honesty they are not currently capable of. But not everyone needs to follow them. For liberal media who want to be honest, there is plenty of ground between shouting “OBAMAGATE!” in all caps and denying the spying and leaking ever happened.

Honest Reporting Could Help Trump — and Journalism

The big problem with covering the story honestly is what Stein himself pointed out — it might help Trump and Republicans. But they should look to left-wing journalists who were able to put aside their genuine dislike of the Orange Bad Man and his co-partisans and retain their journalistic integrity. These brave reporters, including Glenn Greenwald, Aaron Maté, Matt Taibbi, and Michael Tracey, managed to buck in-group journalistic and political pressure to report accurately about the political scandal.

Among the few journalists on the right who covered these issues well, there were many who weren’t particularly fond of Trump. Whether left or right or otherwise, skepticism of the intelligence community helped these reporters, certainly, but only in that they have been consistently skeptical across multiple administrations. These reporters are honest enough to say that political spying and criminal political leaking is not what our intelligence agencies should have been doing. This should not even be a debate.

A rather obvious intimidation campaign has been launched against any reporter who breaks with the groupthink on whether it’s a scandal (or even just a legitimate news story!) to spy and leak falsehoods against political opponents. The Daily Beast’s Maxwell Tani alleged that merely reporting on the existence of public documents related to the spying and leaking campaign, as opposed to ignoring them, meant that CBS’ Catherine Herridge was problematic. No one could defend the journalistic merits of killing such an explosive story. These attacks on Herridge — which sadly did not result in a strong defense from her employer or colleagues — are chin music directed at everyone else who might be courageous enough to step out of the groupthink zone.

The media should know, however, that journalism’s trashed reputation is not going to go away by further suppressing the story. They’re not going to dig themselves out of their self-dug hole by taking swings at Herridge or other courageous reporters with their shovels.

It’s not even a difficult question to answer whether this story is newsworthy, but it does require a bit of courage. Journalists aren’t known for their courage so much as their belief that there is safety in crowds. Yet the world is eager to see if there are many real journalists left. No, not the types of journalists who give each other awards for peddling false narratives that the average American can see right through. But real journalists who can think critically when a spy chief or operative comes to them with a ludicrous claim about prostitutes and videotaped urination in a Moscow hotel or Jeff Sessions being a Russian spy or the key to the 2016 election result involving subliterate Facebook memes. Far too many journalists failed that test in recent years. But they have another opportunity to get it right.

Reporters are clearly kowtowing to Democrats in fear that if they win in 2020, they’ll act with vengeance against any reporter who failed to follow their dictates. It is in this light that the courage of the Taibbis and Greenwalds should be particularly noted.

Taibbi’s piece in recent days — “Democrats Have Abandoned Civil Liberties: The Blue Party’s Trump-era Embrace of Authoritarianism Isn’t Just Wrong, it’s a Fatal Political Mistake” — is worth a careful read. Vindictive punishment from Democrats is a legitimate concern, but these reporters should consider the very real possibility that the media’s obvious political campaign against Trump and Republicans will fail in 2020. Even as a face-saving measure, reporting honestly on this story could help them retain their positions from which to attack Trump and their hold on their jobs covering the next term.

The Truth Is Coming Out

It was one thing for reporters to stick with the false narrative through the disappointing conclusion of the Mueller special counsel report, in which no evidence of any American colluding with Russia could be found. They were able to make it through the embarrassing results of that report and the embarrassing performance of Mueller in the hearing about the report and were never confronted with a need for a mea culpa.

But if reporters think they can continue to ignore the very real concerns about politicization of intelligence agencies under Obama, or gaslight Americans by claiming such spying and leaking is normal and even good, they should wake up.

Unlike the Russia collusion fiction that was maintained by the Obama administration, holdouts in the Trump administration, and finally the Mueller special counsel posse, the spying and leaking campaign story is coming out with facts. Declassifications, court documents, and investigative reports have all shown the falsehood of the Russia collusion hoax and the truth of the spying scandal. More could be coming.

It was one thing to spin the Russia collusion hoax during a time of mass elite freakout. But now everyone knows it was false. The truth is an existential threat to journalists, which is why the more activist among them are scrambling to kill the story and paint it as a distraction. These reporters won book contracts, TV gigs, promotions, and political success by peddling the hoax. They truly can’t be honest about it.

But others who weren’t so complicit have a shot here. There is no getting out of this easy, so if there are any reporters who care about their reputation, much less the truth, they should get on the side of truth now.



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1 posted on 05/17/2020 3:53:40 PM PDT by Kaslin
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It’s too late for them...


2 posted on 05/17/2020 3:54:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Some of the folks around these parts have been sniffing super flu.)
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To: Kaslin

Many leftists have no idea what Husseinegate is.


3 posted on 05/17/2020 3:57:44 PM PDT by Libloather (Why do climate change hoax deniers live in mansions on the beach?)
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To: Kaslin

Too late and ain’t happening regardless. Journalism is mostly those too stupid to cut it in Democrat politics.


4 posted on 05/17/2020 3:58:21 PM PDT by MountainWalker
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To: Kaslin
Many of these people are simply in too deep.

Correction. Nearly ALL of them are in too deep. And I dispute the notion that the American people want the truth. Some do, but not more than 50%.....at best.

I'm not being cynical, just realistic.

5 posted on 05/17/2020 4:01:17 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: Kaslin

If there is to be any hope of typical CNN viewers ever understanding, let alone believing, what Obamagate is about I it will need to be preceded with,

“Scientists say…”


6 posted on 05/17/2020 4:06:57 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: Kaslin

It is too late for them to persuade me but I don’t want them to change course as I want everyone’s eyes opened to the fraud they have engaged in.

They need to pay.


7 posted on 05/17/2020 4:09:09 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Kaslin
The media was running planted news stories and interviewing Obama administration figures who lied their arses off

The media was complicit

They won’t admit their role now

8 posted on 05/17/2020 4:12:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Joe Biden- "First thing I'd do is repeal those Trump tax cuts." (May 4th, 2019))
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To: DoughtyOne

Yes, true dat.

Long article from Mollie Hemingway notwithstanding, the media have cast their lot again and again.

Their demise is nigh...

Or maybe not. This deal ain’t over yet...


9 posted on 05/17/2020 4:12:59 PM PDT by OKSooner (Don't buy from China. Don't buy from Microsoft. Don't do Facebook. Tweet only enough to get banned.)
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To: Kaslin

Those decisions come from higher up. Reporters may report -- to their editors, but the editorial and management determine the selective narratives that are put in print or broadcast.


10 posted on 05/17/2020 4:16:31 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Kaslin

As many have already pointed out, the MEDIA today is nothing more than the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

Watergate was their Pyrrhic victory. The mighty media brought down a hated President (regardless of what it cost to the United States and our allies in South Viet Nam). But to do so they had to give up on honest reporting, to fairness and being a neural observer.

Journalist made a choice between being neutral observers and active participants, they choose activism. Promoting ideas they supported and demonizing ideas they did not like.

Journalist today live and work in a bubble, an echo chamber where they only hear one side of any issue, and anyone that disagrees is to be destroy.

They will never admit any wrong doing over Russian hoax nor will they ever admit Obama done anything wrong.

In time they will dry up and end up in the dustbin of history.


11 posted on 05/17/2020 4:23:40 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I am not an expert in anything, and my opinion is just that, an opinion. I may be wrong.)
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To: Kaslin

The newsrooms are run by Obama tip level individuals or surrogates. They were put there for a reason, and it ain’t to get it right.


12 posted on 05/17/2020 4:28:00 PM PDT by blackdog (Making wine cave appearances upon request.)
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To: Kaslin
... media have a brief window of opportunity to salvage some credibility.

I hope they don't. It's time for them to be despised by most of the people not just half of us. They don't deserve any reprieve at this point.

#4thEstate5thColumn #DomesticEnemies #EnemiesOfThePeople

13 posted on 05/17/2020 4:29:04 PM PDT by TigersEye (Criminals wear masks.)
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To: Kaslin

Mollie is good


14 posted on 05/17/2020 4:30:38 PM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!it)
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To: Kaslin

The majority of modern journalism majors aren’t in it to report the news.

They see themselves as progressive activists.


15 posted on 05/17/2020 4:38:11 PM PDT by Bratch (¬ďIf liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Kaslin

It’s way too late for them. They’re on their second cup of Koolaid.


16 posted on 05/17/2020 4:43:29 PM PDT by smvoice (I WILL NOT WEAR THEok RIBBON.)
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To: Kaslin
How about we go back to the FRAUD'S FAKE pedigree he presented only in PDF format where numerous experts such as Doug Vogt PROVED was FORGED in Photoshop or Illustrator?

And what about all of the bogus high school and Columbia photos of Obama and those during his youth? Can you say John Brennan, CIA, ????? What happened with his passport, Brennan? And what about the deceased baby in Hawaii whose birth ID number was used to create Obama's FAKE bc? It's time all of this stuff be INVESTIGATED and WITHOUT Deep State media's interference!

Let's go back and investigate Extortion 17 and Benghazi!!! Too many egregious crimes by Team Obama to mention here..

17 posted on 05/17/2020 4:48:19 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing (Get off my back for my usage of CAPS, especially you snowflake males! MAN UP!)
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To: Kaslin

Real journalism died long ago. It’s now all Orwellian propaganda.


18 posted on 05/17/2020 4:50:59 PM PDT by henkster ("We can always fool the foreigner" - Chinese Proverb)
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To: Kaslin

It’s too late. For most of that bunch it’s been years since they committed an act of honest journalism.


19 posted on 05/17/2020 4:53:29 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
"If there is to be any hope of typical CNN viewers ever understanding, let alone believing, what Obamagate is about I it will need to be in small words, written with crayon"

Seriously, at this point, they need to go ahead and start prosecuting. The typical media will continue to lie, and try to whip up the troops. Problem is, its getting tougher for the typical left wing mushroom to defend what is going on, unless they're insane.
They'll be even more resistant to be out protesting--what are they protesting--that more spying on people by the government is a good thing? They're cowards.

20 posted on 05/17/2020 5:13:06 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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