Moments after Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chair of the House Intelligence Committee, announced a probe into the Obama-Clinton Russian uranium deal, CNN finally — somewhat significantly — acknowledged the Uranium One deal after new details of an FBI investigation were made public by The Hill.
And Dana Bash’s obfuscation and boldfaced lying about why the story has gained new traction exposed once again why conservatives don’t trust CNN.
A day after CNN told us they are the network that will tell us when an apple is an apple, not a banana, Dana Bash served up a banana crème pie.
If you’ve been living under a rock, or only watch CNN, you wouldn’t know about recent developments in the Uranium One scandal involving Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, the Obama administration, Russian spies affiliated with Anna Chapman (the “hot Russian spy” caught in 2010), and others.
For its part, The Hill – not exactly a member of the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” – has led with reporting.
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The Hill’s reporting began on Oct. 17, 2017. Remember that date: It will become important in a few moments. Reporters John Solomon and Alison Spann gave a bombshell report about how the FBI uncovered a bribery plot concerning the sale of uranium mining rights.
They further reported that a Russian spy affiliated with Anna Chapman got very close to Hillary Clinton during the 2009-2010 timeframe of the deal. The story deserves more coverage than it is receiving.
For a week, CNN virtually ignored the story. Those that have covered it, like Newsweek’s Greg Price, reported that all told the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton himself, and the Clinton campaign received around $145 million from people who were pushing the uranium deal that saw a Russian company gain control of 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply. Price concluded that there was no evidence that Clinton was influenced by that money.
As I told CRTV host Steve Deace earlier today, the only three groups of people the media believe cannot be corrupted by money are climate scientists, those with the last name of Clinton, and those with the last name of Obama.
That brings us to CNN and Dana Bash. After the press conference announcing the new congressional investigation, Bash explained to CNN’s viewers who has been pushing the uranium story, after John King reminded viewers this happened back in 2009-2010. As an aside, King erroneously said that the GOP controlled Congress in those years.
Bash said, “The president tweeted about it a couple of days ago on the 19th of October. Sean Hannity, Fox News, the conservative media, from Breitbart to talk radio — they have been aggressively pushing the stories, saying that the mainstream media is ignoring it.”
With all due respect Ms. Bash, you have been ignoring it. Prior to this little roundtable discussion today, your network devoted 10 seconds to the story as an afterthought.
For a week, The Hill, a well-respected journalism outlet, reported on new developments in a story of corruption that goes to the heart of the Obama administration. Stories about how the FBI, then headed by Robert Mueller, knew about bribery regarding the deal, knew about payments to the Clinton Foundation back in 2009 and 2010, knew about a $500,000 payday for Bill Clinton personally from those associated with the deal but did not tell Congress, who had oversight. The same Robert Mueller who is now heading up a Russia-focused investigation as a special prosecutor.
To paraphrase former Vice President Biden, this is a big fracking deal.
But your network, and you personally, have refused to cover it. Then when forced to cover it because a congressional investigation is being launched, you do so in a dismissive manner, and your body language makes it apparent that you think there is nothing to this story.
This is your bias showing through, Dana. This is why conservatives don’t trust CNN. This is why all conservatives can see when your network talks about apples is a picture of a banana.
Start reporting on all the news, fairly and without bias. The nation hungers for some apple pie.
Editor’s note: The title was changed to fix a grammatical error.
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.