For a year or more,
the hue and cry of Russian interference, hacking, dabbling, etc. in our election process has continued to be an issue in the mainstream media. It seems this charge goes back to the third presidential debate between Clinton and Trump, during which Clinton claimed that all 17 of the U.S. intelligence agencies agree that Russia has been doing things underhandedly to help Trump.[su_spacer]
Not surprisingly, CNN, Washington Post, NY Times, USA Today, Reuters, ABC, and others grabbed on to that and it became one of the rallying flags of the liberal/progressive/Democratic campaign. Two of the main sponsors of the continued claim was Haberman of the NY Times and Stephanopoulos of ABC. Some variation of that theme has continued clear up through last month, even though some entities did issue some language they said would “clarify the issue”. That amounted to some glib spinning on language that stopped short of admitting error, retracting articles, or apologizing to anyone.[su_spacer]
It is also patently clear to anyone that can use Google, or has one iota of common sense, that the claim was never true, nor did the media make any effort to verify that claim. In fact, some said they had run an exhaustive search and found it to be true. As it turns out, some of those intelligence agencies are prohibited by law from investigating any issue on U.S. territory. One deals with only with ballistic missiles and space issues, one was the Coast Guard.[su_spacer]
The truth turned out to be that only three agencies even looked into the claim and none of them found any evidence of Russian interference or that Trump had any involvement with Russia. Even with that to be the proven case, Haberman of the NY Times is still pushing the issue.[su_spacer]
What is the truth? The obvious and uncomfortable truth of the matter is that again we have proof positive that much of the mainstream media is not only biased but downright dishonest. It seems that the media isn’t motivated to change at this time either.[su_spacer]
Two reporters that I’ve read lambasted Trump for not upholding his promise to confront Putin on the subject of hacking when they met. It seems however that neither reporter was at the Trump/Putin meeting, so one has to wonder what their source could be. The one person that I’ve read that was at the meeting said they did discuss the hacking issue and it was a very open and honest discussion. He also said the meeting was in-depth on a number of issues but was very professional and cordial.