Mueller “nothing burger” highlights mainstream media malpractice

JOURNALISTS MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ABANDONING ETHICS AND DUTY TO AMERICAN PEOPLE

Former FBI director Mueller is recognized by President Obama at a ceremony announcing the nomination of James Comey as FBI director [Photo from FBI]

For more than two years, the mainstream media have relentlessly amplified the Russia collusion myth, arguing that Donald Trump’s campaign had conspired with a foreign power to win the 2016 election. Last week, the American people learned that this narrative was a lie, a fabrication, a complete and utter hoax.

In a letter summarizing the key findings of Robert Mueller’s investigation, Attorney General William Barr explained that the FBI probe found no evidence of collusion with Russia after an extensive investigation involving 19 lawyers, and a team of “40 FBI agents, intelligence forensic accountants, and other professional staff.”

“[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the letter quoted from the Special Counsel’s report.

Just like that, the Russia collusion hoax was dead, leaving millions of Americans to wonder how so many journalists could have gotten the story so wrong for so long.

Ever since Donald Trump won the 2016 election, the mainstream media have eagerly parrotted Democrats who were obsessed with the Russia conspiracy. By accusing the newly-elected President of colluding with Vladimir Putin, they hoped to overturn the results of an historic election and cast a cloud of uncertainty over the White House.

Remarkably, some liberal talking heads maintained their sanity when they were not on the air. CNN’s Van Jones, for instance, famously called the Russia scandal a “nothing burger.”

 

Sadly, however, these moments of truthfulness rarely made it on live television. Even when they did, they were thoroughly buried by an endless flurry of fake news reports designed to portray President Trump as a traitor to his country.

In January 2017, CNN reported that “classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”

In July 2017, The Washington Post ran an editorial discussing the “Trump campaign’s attempted collusion” with Russia, in which the once-revered national media outlet claimed that “top Trump officials met with a Kremlin-allied Russian lawyer in June 2016 — and they did so with the express hope of receiving compromising information about their Democratic rival.”

In June 2018, Vox published an article exposing the “untenability of the ‘no collusion’ talking point,” arguing that “there’s actually lots of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.”

In January of this year, BuzzFeed News ran a story claiming that President Trump “directed his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress” about a proposed real estate project in Moscow, eliciting a rare rebuke from the Special Counsel’s office, which denied the accuracy of the report.

Those examples were just the tip of the iceberg, though. The media have published countless collusion-related news reports over the past two years, many of which simply assumed that President Trump’s campaign was guilty from the get-go. In fact, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC wrote a total of 8,507 news stories combined that mentioned the Mueller investigation, for an average of 13 new reports per day about the fake news Russia collusion story since May of 2017.

Thanks to Mueller’s report, we now know that all of these stories were inaccurate and misleading, at best.

While the mainstream media may want us to swiftly forget their duplicitous coverage of the Russia scandal, we can’t let them off the hook so easily. For more than two years, journalists lied shamelessly and repeatedly about President Trump and his campaign — now, they must be held accountable for abandoning their professional ethics and duty to the American people.

46 Comments

  1. I haven’t commented because I haven’t read the report. Neither have any of you. Let’s hope it gets released soon so we can offer informed opinions.

  2. Maybe if we start blowing up there transmission dishes around the country, they will realize that fake news us not what we want

  3. There Was No Collusion! Period.
    we want to suggest that a bill be pass by the house and senate that would directly punish any news outlet that’s involved in such deadly mislead, going forward.
    for this did not only made the President Uncomfortable, but made the good citizens of America to have a picture of the Presidency as incapable. while demoralizing the American people on the creadibility of The President.
    This Most not happen again.

  4. Go slow and play it close to the vest. It is the biggest political scandal in history.Mueller knew Trump was innocent before this began.

  5. Everyone that has a sane mind knows that trump and Russia works together!this was NO HOAX! these people. BARR, BI, THE WHOLE REPUBLICAN PARTY COVERED UP FOR TRUMP!

    • Please provide your source of information, EXCLUDING the msm, nbc, abc, cbs, pbs, msnbc. It seems they screamed the same thing daily only to be embarrassed by their anointed one, no not bho who could not document the charges you and the rest of the left pushed. Now lets talk hitlery and the dnc (who got the steel dossier from the russians and their intermediates) and see who colluded with who. Hitlery financed the deal and was receiving graft payments yet still not up on charges which can be documented. So PLEASE provide your source of information for these rediculous statements.

  6. NO COLLUSION! However, during the investigation and still in progress are several criminal probes at state and federal levels that have been working in the background throughout this entire investigation and continues to this day. Those quiet investigations involve those persons of interest having to do with the fake coup against Donald Trump before and after he became our great President and to date.
    Making false accusations, false informing, slander, leaking lies to the news media is against the law, the media knowingly repeating fake news is against the law, and bribery are just a few examples of the investigation. For anything like this to happen to a civilian those perpetrators would be incarcerated. For our sitting PRESIDENT or any president to be treated with complete disregard, with such disrespect is UnAmerican.
    The far right and the far left are not political partys. They are disruptive wanna be asswipes that should be ignored as they have no business in the politics. That would be you and you are part of the problem America is dealing with today .
    There are only 3 Political party’s. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. The American Legal people better start remembering that and take our country back. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
    #TRUMP2020
    #CLOSETHEBORDER
    #BUILDTHEWALL
    #CUTFOREIGNFUNDING

  7. The only way to hold the (News?) media accountable is by changing the regulations that govern the print and broadcast media. It has to be done in a way that effectively punishes those doing so with very stiff fines all the way to complete censorship of shutting the doors to print and broadcast venues for taking things out of context, spreading innuendo and unverified accusations as if fact. Doing so for not just the corporation, but the editors, and talking heads as well. Make them devote more time to ensuring what they are about to print or say whether through personal research or directive has a foundation of truth to stand on. There must be an avenue for the public or other sources to challenge any story of its merit through an entity like the FCC to consider the antagonist as well as the protagonist view point to initiate an investigation.

  8. Pick a congressional candidate, get out there and support them. I’m already working for Brandon Martin who supports PDJT’s agenda. If you want open borders, infanticide, & no rule of law sit on your butt. It only took 1/3 of American patriots to defeat the British. Come and help us in Brandon’s campaign. Brandon Martin for congress.com

  9. I agree totally with your article. However, the sad reality is, nothing will happen and nothing will change. Fatalistic? Maybe, but who will hold these liberal network to account? Viewers? I don’t think so, as long as the liberal doctrine is taught in schools these liberal networks will continue to thrive.

    • Agree with Richard. If I had a school age child that child would only go to private schools or the Christian schools that I know well. And, I would visit that school often, to check upon continued quality and safety, grades 1-12. But not only is excellent education important, safety is a critical and immediate issue. All American schools need very much to install security technology, even at the college level. We don’t just have rifles and cannons these days, we have in this modern era “weapons of mass destruction” and for some reason… prior checks, police background etc……those laws are not being enforced very well. I pray that the POTUS and Congress will improve that major weak spot in our society, not only do crooks have weapons…crazy people and terrorists do too. Get out there and tell these reckless store owners of guns etc. to obey federal and state laws or “YOU’RE FiRED or your business is boarded up and closed down and the problem does not wait for your court date, it’s now…..by the sheriff !” Oh, and please vote Republican in the 2020 election North Carolina and encourage your friends in all 50 states to do the same.

      • You do know there are over 20000 laws currently on the books on guns do you not? And just how many do you think the left (who want to confiscate ALL guns) want to enforce? Just look at the great hub of violence in the news daily, chicago. The feds tried to get them to apply fed laws to local cases and they refused to do so and just like now with the fake attack, they only try to give a slap on the wrist. West Virginia or just Virginia applied the fed laws with the local laws and they REDUCED the amount of criminals on the streets. Fed laws call for 5 additional years when guns are used in crimes or by criminals possessing them.

        So take the criminals off the streets and put them in jail. People think that they cannot afford to but they do seem to think that fed funds for welfare etc are endless and this also adds to the problem.

  10. This Meuller crap was all the democrats had. They are stuck in the mud now and run out of gas. Those people have no leaders, no plans for the future, no forward vision. Totally bankrupt.

  11. THE OBAMA COVER UP
    We’re pleased that AG Barr rejected Mueller’s attempt to smear President Trump with obstruction of justice innuendo by concluding that no such charges could be credibly sustained. Frankly, Mueller never had a valid basis upon which to investigate President Trump for obstruction of justice.
    Let’s be clear, neither Mueller, the Obama FBI, DOJ, CIA, State Department, nor the Deep State ever had a good-faith basis to pursue President Trump on Russia collusion. Russia collusion wasn’t just a hoax, it is a criminal abuse, which is why Judicial Watch has fought and will continue to fight for Russiagate documents in federal court.
    The targeting of President Trump served to protect Hillary Clinton and her enablers/co-conspirators in Obama administration from prosecution. Attorney General Barr can begin restoring the credibility of the Justice Department by finally initiating a thorough investigation of the Clinton emails and related pay-to-play scandals and the abuses behind the targeting of President Trump.
    Judicial Watch has long called for the shutdown of the Mueller special counsel operation and has pursued dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits into the illicit targeting and other abuses of President Trump. Judicial Watch FOIA litigation exposed, for example:
    •The dossier-based Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications targeting President Trump
    •FBI payments to Christopher Steele
    •FBI firing of Steele
    •Extensive DOJ (Ohr) collusion w/Steele, Simpson, Fusion GPS
    •No court hearings by defrauded FISA courts before warrants were issued
    •Anti-Trump bias by Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann

  12. This just proves Mueller was bought and paid for by Trump. It was all a big 30 million dollar show to try to make Trump look innocent. We all know the Russians changed most of the votes in the 2016 election. Without the Russians Hillary would have won by 90% of the vote. BAAHAAHAAHAA

    • That must be the most ignorant statement ever. Mueller and the special council were mostly democrats. Picked by democrats. They indicted many republicans. After two years of constant trying, they have nothing. You lost when Hillary lost. You lost trying to prove collusion. Try to move on with your life and take on a more positive project.

    • How does this prove Mueller was influenced by the president? Because the outcome of the report wasn’t in the favor of what you and the liberal media wanted it to be? How do you know the Russians changed a single vote? You make these baseless claims, the electoral college has elected presidents for generations and Hillary only won the popular vote by a few percent. The Russian collusion scandal by the Democrats was a poorly thought out media driven propaganda coup d’etat of our great nations government and that is about the only fact that is backed by evidence.

    • Bill, you’re exposing your ignorance and your TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) Do some research Stop being a kool-aid drinker. You probably don’t even know what that means. Obama’s intelligence Department Tried to put spies In his campaign they took a fake dossier ( opposition research paper) bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Passed it off as real To the FISA court Used to tap his phones and Trump Tower and spy on his campaign All to frame him. You are right about one thing This whole investigation was a farce. The collusion was with Hillary Clinton and the DNC Who Paid GPS and Steel who got this dossier information in it From Russia. Russia has metalled in everybody’s elections throughout the world This is their tactics Going back to the Soviet Union error using prostitutes Made up Salacious material you name it.
      Like I said Do some research on your own You will see what I’m saying is true All your doing Is helping the Russians. Their job is to try and make us not trust our elections make them as chaotic as possible So my dear Friend You are helping them right now. If not one of them Who the hell knows.

    • You sir must lay off the crack pipe…and open your eyes the Democrats don’t care about America all they care is they have power..trump has done so much for your country and you cant see that …common man

    • I don’t know any Russians, so how would I know? Or you, or your relatives in whatever state of the Union? Do you work for the CIA, or the FBI?? Or have you got a fave friend in Russia?

    • Bill, have you taken your medicine today? I ask because you seem to be living in some fantasy world, or were you just making a big joke with yiur statement Hillary would if won by 90% Baahaahaaa??

  13. The American people need to realize with great clarity that the United States just narrowly survived a unsuccessful media driven coup to overthrow the government.
    Routinely throughout the rest of the world, dictatorships have came into power exploiting exactly the same method utilized by the American Fake News media – the media fought the election for them.
    The talking heads of the rabid leftest media and those that control them should immediately be publicly hung for thier involvement. Dismissing it as “free speach” is a miscarriage of constitutional law.
    Starting with Hillary attempting to interfere with electoral collage delegates to violate thier oaths in withholding votes for Trump, to the leftest media conspiring to overthrow the lawfully elected president.
    There simply is no return for people who have misplaced themselves and thier views above that of the law of the land.
    Make the executions a pay-for-view event and apply the proceeds to build the wall.

    The Oracle

    • Well said, people in this country need to wake up! The envolvement in our elections by a foreign power happened in 2016 by the Clinton campaign!
      The fact that her and her cronies were never held accountable shows the scope of corruption during the Obama administration, including Obama himself!

    • Ur, I have never heard of The Oracle of Tucson but just a little thing I noticed….you need to check your spelling. You have two incorrect ones on here. Just an FYI. Don’t shoot the messenger. Thanks, a North Carolinian who cares (and votes Republican).

    • I so greatly concur. The liberal left media tried to undo the results of the 2016 election. This is TREASON and those involved need to be held accountable and punished to the fullest extent if the law.

    • I’ve thought for a long time that “PXTV” Public Execution Television, would be a big winner !

    • Spot on …it is unbelievable but it happened..do you have Twitter would love to follow you ..

    • Heck No! They are doubling down more on the word “obstruction”. Heard Comey say that the President saying,”I thought about” is obstruction. They barely have their noses out of water and sinking fast.

    • When they’re soon held accountable and made examples of, then they will listen. Until, and only until, there are real life occurences of media being punished with heavy fines or jail for pushing false stories/narratices/headlines, it will never change.

    • From now until the last day of Earth rumors will frequently be popping up, like baby moccasins in a fish pond. So, smart ones see this happening and run in the opposite direction. Don’t get left behind trying to figure out who is right and who is wrong unless you just enjoy that as a hobby (sitting in court rooms). The really good Newspapers and magazines or televised news sharers have lasted for decades. The others usually don’t last. Good luck and keep reporting news truthfully, with integrity, and skill. I think anyone in Arizona is lucky to have you. Keep on reporting the news, because freedom of speech is an American right by constitutional law!
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