Subject: Media Skip Inconvenient Russia Truths
CNN is airing a bizarre new advertisement with the motto "Facts First,"
which insists that the network calls an apple an apple, even if critics
of its "news" reporting argue it's a banana. You see, CNN is interested
in objective truth, not opinions. This would be like McDonald's
advertising with an apple and saying the company is all about health
Our "news" networks don't deal with facts first. They sell us narratives,
and the favorite is the wild speculation about what might happen next to
President Trump. For months, they have speculated about how meetings with
powerful Russians would be the end of Trump. From Jan. 20 to Oct. 20, the
Media Research Center reports, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening-news shows
alone gave that story just over 1,000 minutes.
But Obamacare? Budget and taxes? Immigration? A possible nuclear war with
North Korea? All are second bananas. It's Trump-Russia, Russia-Trump day
in and day out.
The Russia narrative they prefer is this: Donald Trump won the presidency
due to the help of an autocratic foreign power. But in the last week, a
series of investigative reports by The Hill have brought something
altogether new to the discussion: facts. And the facts are implicating
former President Obama's administration, specifically Hillary Clinton, in
some astonishingly unethical, if not illegal, behavior with the Russians.
The publication reported:
--Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery and
extortion before the Obama administration approved the sale of Uranium
One to Russia, a company that controls 20 percent of America's uranium
supply. They routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit
The Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of
state and helped provide a favorable uranium decision to Moscow.
--In preparation for collecting a $500,000 speech payment in Moscow in
2010, former President Bill Clinton sought State Department clearance to
meet with a key official of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom,
which still needed the Obama team's approval for on the uranium deal.
Instead, Clinton met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the
autocrat's private homestead.
--Obama's Justice Department prevented an American businessman who worked
undercover for years as an FBI confidential witness from telling Congress
about transactions and conversations he witnessed regarding the Russian
nuclear industry's efforts to win the favor of Team Obama and the
--The FBI identified a Russian spy ring's attempt in 2009 and 2010 to
infiltrate Hillary Clinton's inner circle through a donor friend in order
to spy on the State Department. Agents arrested and deported the female
spy before anything could happen.
Countless other publications assert that nine investors in Uranium One
jointly donated a cool $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.
This reads like a fascinating spy novel, but ABC and NBC have offered
nothing. Let that sink in. CBS aired one question (and one answer) on
"Face the Nation" that lasted 69 seconds. CNN, which has spent hour after
hour obsessing over Russian collusion with Trump, can hardly be bothered
with this narrative.
That's "Facts First" -- media style.
Naturally, the usual dishonest Clinton defense emerged: This was "old
news." When author Peter Schweitzer wrote about this issue in 2015
(without the new developments), he was virtually ignored. And if he was
interviewed, hostile treatment is an understatement. Here's how NBC's
Savannah Guthrie dealt with "facts" back then. She asked Schweitzer:
"Before we get into some of the details, let's put it bluntly: Are you
hoping that this book and the issues you raise in it torpedo her
candidacy?" He said no, but she shot back: "a lot of your critics say,
'Look, you are a conservative and that this is a right-wing hit job.' Are
you really claiming to be neutral here?"
No one is neutral in the pro-Clinton press corps. Facts never come first.
"The Marxists, communists and fascists of the Democrat Party have
launched a strategy of deception, projection, and a new generation of
brown shirts who fanatically believe that their violence is honorable,
and necessary, to save America from some kind of a Fourth Reich
perpetrated by the GOP." (Douglas Gibbs )