The Media Will Never Apologize For Their Trump Russiagate Narrative

The Media Will Never Apologize For Their Trump Russiagate Narrative

The Media Will Never Apologize For Their Trump Russiagate Narrative

Ever since Hillary Clinton lost, the media has been working 24/7 365 telling us that there has been Russia collusion involving Trump. Well, now it’s been confirmed. There was no collusion. Will the media apologize for pushing this narrative for the last two years? Don’t hold your breath.

As Marta wrote here, the report confirms what rational Americans already knew. There was no collusion from Trump or anyone else with Russia and nothing rose to the level of obstruction of justice. As Deanna noted here, one of the biggest losers in this is Hillary Clinton.

But let’s look at another YUUGE loser.

The Media

They bought into the Trump Russia Collusion narrative hook, line, and sinker.

CNN can’t admit they were wrong.

Oh please. Blaming the media ecosystem for the monster YOU unleashed and fed? That’s cute. Politico runs with scissors on this one. 

Trump begins post-Mueller ‘reset’ by attacking Democrats, media
The president and his allies see a chance to reconnect with voters. But first they want payback for Mueller mania.

That’s just the headline. The first two paragraphs turn this into a blame the victim story.

The anticlimactic end of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe allows President Donald Trump to relaunch his beleaguered presidency with new swagger ahead of the 2020 election.

Trump’s supporters called it a turning point, saying that with lurid questions about election-rigging out of the way, he will have a fresh chance to connect with Americans.

Rachel Maddow literally had tears in her eyes when discussing Barr’s summary on the Mueller report. Washington Post’s Greg Sargent tells us Trump won with illicit help and there was collusion SOMEWHERE!, while Margaret Sullivan says all reporters should be proud of their work. Jennifer Rubin wants  Trump impeached. The View just can’t deal. Jim Acosta writes in his diary again, and the Bulwark/failed Weekly Standard is sticking with NeverTrumpism.

Jonathan Chait spins and it’s futile.

Will the media ever apologize for the nightmare they’ve subjected us to for two years as Sharyl Atkisson suggests they should? I mean, it’s not like they didn’t start the fire nor fan the flames on this. Nope, not at all.

We in the media allowed unproven charges and false accusations to dominate the news landscape for more than two years, in a way that was wildly unbalanced and disproportionate to the evidence.

We did a poor job of tracking down leaks of false information. We failed to reasonably weigh the motives of anonymous sources and those claiming to have secret, special evidence of Trump’s “treason.”

As such, we reported a tremendous amount of false information, always to Trump’s detriment.

And when we corrected our mistakes, we often doubled down more than we apologized. We may have been technically wrong on that tiny point, we would acknowledge. But, in the same breath, we would insist that Trump was so obviously guilty of being Russian President Vladimir Putin’s puppet that the technical details hardly mattered.

In fact, as is pointed out here by a Rolling Stone reporter, Matt Taibbi  in his “Hate, Inc.” book, Russiagate is the media’s Weapon of Mass Destruction. 

There will be people protesting: the Mueller report doesn’t prove anything! What about the 37 indictments? The convictions? The Trump tower revelations? The lies! The meeting with Don, Jr.? The financial matters! There’s an ongoing grand jury investigation, and possible sealed indictments, and the House will still investigate, and…

Stop. Just stop. Any journalist who goes there is making it worse.

And so, all the journalists above who ARE going there are indeed making it worse and looking like clowns in the bargain. Especially since they are refusing to walk ANYTHING back. Matt notes that the story of WMD damaged the media’s reputation, but if the media doesn’t turn this particular ship around, “this story will destroy it.”

What Matt doesn’t realize is that this story has already destroyed any credibility the media had left.

Watching the folks at CNN realize the Mueller report won’t go their way would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

The media wants so badly for Trump to be guilty of something that even now a significant amount of their spin STILL involves trying to blame Trump for Russia Collusion.

The problem is, they don’t WANT the story to be wrong. So expecting an apology from ANYONE is the media is futile. Instead, as Iowahawk points out, they are likely going to pretend they did nothing wrong and hand out Pulitzer Prizes for fake narratives.

Feature Photo Credit: Time Magazine cover May 18, 2017, Ed Gabel artist, cropped and modified

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  • GWB says:

    Media: “Who you gonna believe? Us? Or your lyin’ Eyes?

    You know that if this was happening in a personal relationship, it would be called abuse.

  • GWB says:

    Oh, and I have trouble with this conclusion:
    There was no collusion from … anyone else with Russia
    I don’t think he looked far enough afield, if he doesn’t qualify that with “from Trump’s team.”
    Because Hillary………..

  • Charles N. Steele says:

    This attack on the President has been partly successful. Mueller and co. managed to sow doubt and keep the President under fire for two years. In that two years the hapless GOPe managed to lose control of the House. All of this reduced Trump’s ability to get things done.

    The attempted coup is not finished. First, Mueller left the “obstruction of justice” claim hanging. It’s remarkably stupid, since the investigation of Trump wasn’t obstructed and also showed no collusion, but this is about overturning an election, not about making sense.

    Second, for many in the left, “Trump is a Russian” has become a sort of religious faith, impervious to evidence and reason. They simultaneously see Trump as completely stupid (perhaps projecting?) and astonishingly competent at defeating the combined forces of FBI, DOJ, NSA, etc. It’s irrational but powerful belief.

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