Earlier today, a staff report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a report (PDF) on the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email servers. Included in the report are even more texts between FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page (PDF). The report raises more questions than it answers, and the texts are damning. That led President Donald Trump to tweet: “NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!”
Of course, THAT brought the media types out of the woodwork, who up till then had been ignoring the story. The Washington Post White House reporter, Josh Dawsey, was particularly snarky, tweeting:
Appears executive time is running late this morning. The president's public schedule has him in his intelligence briefing. https://t.co/GqMW7dPt5l
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 7, 2018
Nothing about what is in the Senate committee report. Just snark. That’s what “journalism” is these days: snarky tweets going back and forth in an echo chamber.
WaPo runs cover … CR national security correspondent Jordan Schachtel noticed that now the Washington Post is running cover for Clinton Inc. and the second dossier. Here’s his tweet:
WaPo w/ dishonest misdirection on Shearer memo (2nd dossier). Shearer has not been "a freelance journalist" for decades. Also claims he's just "friends" with Clintons. Pathetic. He was *working for* Hillary. WaPo covering for Clinton as narrative collapses https://t.co/2jVzm49XKQ
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) February 7, 2018
And here is the story Schachtel’s tweet refers to. The media enablers of Clinton and Obama are rushing to paint the second dossier as something by a “journalist” instead of someone with deep ties to Clinton Inc. Schachtel ties all the facts together, including second dossier author Cody Shearer’s long ties to Clinton Inc. figure Sid Blumenthal. The media will stop at nothing to protect their allies.
Something’s missing … As the story about the committee staff report was breaking, CNN had nothing on its website about it. Not even a mention. Instead the website was full of more Mueller narrative. Here’s a screenshot.
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs releases bombshell report on politicization of the FBI's Clinton email investigation. And this is what the CNN homepage looks like right now. pic.twitter.com/FBaM0OxaHK
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) February 7, 2018
Close to 90 minutes later, as I was putting the final touches on this newsletter, there was still nothing. My guess is CNN has run out of apples.
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The Blue Wave … Yesterday, the GOP lost a state house seat in a Missouri special election. The national media has pounced on this as another data point showing a coming Blue Wave in congressional elections. Here’s a story in The Hill about the election. I took the opportunity to search The Hill for any articles about the stunning victory of Vietnamese-American Dean Tran’s win as a Republican in Massachusetts in a state senate special election. There were none. As Boston-based public radio station WBUR reported, Tran flipped the Democrat-held seat by 600 votes, in MASSACHUSETTS. But of course that has no national implications. Narrative and all. For the record, special elections are usually non-indicative of general trends due to the extremely low turnout.
We aren’t fake news … Yesterday the Huffington Post ran a story about a laughable study done at Oxford University about Trump supporters and fake news. The study (PDF) purports to show that a majority of all “junk news” traffic on Twitter is linked to #MAGA men and women. There’s a particular problem with the study, though. The publication where your humble newsletter scribe works, Conservative Review, is considered a “junk news” site, as are: National Review, The New York Daily News, Campus Reform, Drudge Report, The Federalist, and many more mainstream conservative sites. It seems Oxford types can’t distinguish between commentary and straight news, amongst other things.
Let me be clear, CR is NOT FAKE NEWS.
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