Accuracy in Media

Those who think that Russia-gate is a witch-hunt or a hoax that will run out of gas need to think again. As we are about to see with the live coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, this is an opportunity for the media to have enormous fun, generate ratings, and make money bashing another Republican president.

I went back in time for a juicy quote from The Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee, a Democratic Party insider who commented during his paper’s coverage of the Reagan administration’s Iran-Contra affair that “This is the most fun we’ve had since Watergate.” Bradlee saw the controversy as a way to bring down another Republican president. It worked with Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon. It didn’t work in Reagan’s case.

But can they bring down Trump? The odds look good.

In an article headlined, “What Mueller’s NFL probe means for Trump,” the publication Politico suggests that Trump may save his presidency because the Russia-gate special counsel Robert Mueller will narrowly focus the probe, as he did with the NFL inquiry, and come to a “predetermined” conclusion. The article notes that Mueller let NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell off the hook in an investigation of what the league knew about a domestic violence case involving a player.

But the NFL probe is not how Mueller should be judged. As we have argued in two separate articles, Mueller’s mishandling of the anthrax letters case is more appropriate. Mueller dragged this case out for years and in the end got the wrong guy. Nobody in the media wants to talk about this because they know coverage of Mueller’s botched investigation will infuriate the former FBI director and serve to dry up sources in the special counsel’s office.

The fact that Mueller is, in effect, investigating the conduct of another FBI director, James Comey, is another significant factor. Mueller and Comey are best friends. They will protect each other. Comey did not reopen the anthrax investigation in order to get to the bottom of Mueller’s incompetence, and Mueller will not hold Comey responsible for targeting Trump by using the phony “Trump Dossier” filled with Russian disinformation. Hence, they both have reasons to go after Trump. They are a tag team against the President.

In the face of this assault, Trump has made another key mistake. He has reportedly vetoed the idea of a “War Room” with veteran operatives to take on the mushrooming investigation. Former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie was said to be in the running to join the West Wing in a senior position to counter the “most fun since Watergate” mentality gripping the media in Russia-gate.

In our column, “Why David Bossie Scares the Clintons,” written during the 2016 campaign, we noted that the veteran conservative operative had “the inside story about Clinton corruption” and was perfectly positioned to help Trump win the presidency. That’s why the liberal media hated and feared him. He could have helped the Trump administration weather the Russia-gate storm and turn the tables on Mueller. But that is apparently not to be.

One way to counter the Mueller probe is to discredit Mueller, using the facts about his terrible treatment of a series of American scientists in the anthrax case. In the end, the FBI paid off one scientist, to the tune of millions of dollars in damages, and drove another to his death. Meanwhile, the al-Qaeda operatives who carried out the attacks got away. That Mueller could survive this debacle with a sterling reputation is evidence of the corruption in the Washington, D.C. swamp.

Trump is reportedly angry that his Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in Russia-gate, and that Department of Justice official Rod Rosenstein picked Mueller to continue and expand the probe. That set current events in motion, along with Comey’s live testimony to be carried by cable and broadcast networks. It will only get worse. After all, journalists like to have fun bashing Republican presidents. The sharks smell blood in the water and want to go in for the kill. Forcing Trump from office would, in their minds, restore their prominence in the media landscape.

The legal case is not the issue. It doesn’t matter whether Comey accuses Trump of obstruction of justice, a criminal offense. What matters is the perception of wrongdoing, fed by the Watergate-style coverage, and whether Trump has the personnel, resources and supporters on Capitol Hill to fight back. At this point, it looks like the President is essentially alone, armed only with his Twitter account. His White House press office has become a running joke that only feeds the frenzied reporters.

The left is so excited that Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, is calling for Trump’s impeachment because he pulled the U.S. out of President Obama’s unratified Paris climate change agreement. This nonsensical demand demonstrates the mania that is driving the opponents of Trump in academia, as well as in the media. They sense that they have Trump on the ropes. Nothing is too outrageous to throw at him.

Against this onslaught, Republicans on Capitol Hill are playing along with the drama, in order to get facetime on the television programs. The incentive for most of them will be to dump Trump.

If he is forced out of office, with the encouragement of cowardly Republican politicians, he would be able to continue to Tweet freely about the witch hunt and the hoax that ruined his presidency. By then, however, most people wouldn’t be paying much attention. Then the question would turn to what President Mike Pence knew and when did he know it.




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Comments

  • R D

    Nonsense. Astrologically, DJT is immune from this outbreak of Piranha Groupthink Madness. Lindsey Graham checked in, finally, and has exonerated the president in a masterful explanation of prosecutorial procedure under the law. Senator Graham just inserted himself between an innocent man and a lynch mob.

    I advise AIM to stand with Senator Graham.

    BLOCK THE DOOR ! BLOCK THE LYNCH MOB!

  • I would like to know when and if the people who elected Trump will finally have their day of Revolution? DO NOT THINK THIS CANNOT & WILL NOT HAPPEN. That is THE BIG UNREPORTED STORY

  • missieb2000

    Hooey. President Trump is going no where for the next 7+ years. If there was something-it would be reported instead of endless, monotonous, soul draining opinion pieces disguised as news.

  • Steve Allen

    Whether Trump or Pence, the issue is the AGENDA, and both have the same AGENDA. Left wing wackos, whether in the Demo party and especially in the FAKE news media, are opposed to closing our borders, strengthening our military, growing gov. , continued reliance on OPEC oil, retreating from the national stage, continued financing of the U.N. , strong support for Israel, Repeal and replace obamacare, tax reform, etc. etc. These and others are the agenda being fought by the radical left. Trump is just the fall guy.

  • TED

    Six of one … half-dozen of the other.

    Trump is a joke … and it appears that many of the Washington GOP insiders agree. Pence, while probably less bizarre, wouldn’t be much better.

  • Paul Anderson

    It’s obvious that the Democrats are not interested in “Truth” , but in removing this President from office. It’s disturbing to think that these unethical individuals are writing law in Congress. I am reminded of the Democrats “Dodd Frank”, and the pressure banks were receiving from Dodd Frank, to write mortgages to individuals, that were not capable of making mortgage payments.

  • Dennis Schaaf

    I often wonder how any republicans get elected.
    Most are spineless or stupid to a fault or both.
    Maybe this says more about the electorate than the elected.

  • Dennis Schaaf

    The rotten-ass rats throw around “impeachment” like it’s the same as going to McDonald’s for a quarter pounder.

  • Peter

    Making way for Pence – the altar boy. Does democracy really take a back seat to mob rule by attack dogs and piranhas? Or does such organized disruption of democracy have all the hallmarks of Catholic Action? The ‘sceptre of rulers’ preceded by the word ‘evil’, in the shadow of which Trump presides as President, pulls the strings. Isaiah 14:5,9 RSV. The one-time ‘New World’ is giving way to the ‘New World Order’ which must be resisted, while the mob rule is calling for it.

    The safeguard of the Constitution – power vested in the Queen lies,
    Not in the power that she has – but in the power she denies.

    Not so in America. Trump is being denied the power of his office, but he is incapable of denying power to the ‘deep state’ ‘sceptre of rulers’. The world is its oyster. Trump, just a temporary bump in its path to global dictatorial immortality – and perished earth. Isaiah 14:16-17.

  • NERDWORLD PROBLEMS

    The biggest problem these people have is that they run with stupid stories so long that they forget that they made up the stories at the start of the idiocy. You can’t impeach someone for something you made up no matter how much you believe it to be true.

  • PhysicalRemover

    If the Liberals succeed, they’d better be ready for civil war. If all they’ve got’s antifa to fight for them, they’re even more screwed.

  • Mark M.

    It’s all what happens when Marxists use First Amendment protection against the common man. I can only add to what already has been posted here that Hillary Clinton got away with high crimes and misdemeanors while Trump is pulled limb from limb and then there was an NFL inquiry by Mueller of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about what the league knew about a domestic violence case
    involving a player? The height of folly. No wonder the NFL is so crazy about pink (the new Red) and has a chick referee.

  • Wiley Coyote

    Is that according to Western or Eastern (Vedic) astrology? I’m ask in all seriousness.

  • #Indivisible

    “Hillary Clinton got away with high crimes and misdemeanors”

    Baseless assertion.

  • #Indivisible

    Dodd Frank doesn’t pressure banks to write mortgages to individuals, that are not capable of making mortgage payments.

    Why are you lying?

  • #Indivisible

    Says the folks that were chanting “lock her up” like a football cheer.

    Hypocrites.

  • #Indivisible

    The lunch pail republicans and the blue collar conservatives who elected Drumpf didn’t do it is so he could funnel more wealth to the .1% and give tax cuts to Soros.

  • joejmz

    Can you say, “Nothing burger?”

  • R Miller

    Who the hell do you think you are-GO TO HELL. We will fight for our president, and no stinking lying DNC media can change that. You think we need to prepare. You the lying media need to prepare if you try to impeach our president. We take this threat as a call to arms. Our country has lost the media, and no longer gets the truth or the news.

  • Lee

    Not according to Comey! He said there was collusion between the Obama AG and the Clinton Campaign. Not baseless, but a fact!

  • Lee

    If Trump is a joke, then Obama was a nightmare!

  • Anthony Duhe

    Comey was in possession of the evidence that Obama, Clapper and Brennan had Trump under illegal surveillance.

    “The proof of Donald Trump being wiretapped is in the documents that were handed over to the FBI”

    Comey knew. Comey lied. Comey obstructed.

    Obama’s surveillance Hammer on Trump worse than Watergate | Communities Digital News

    http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/worse-than-watergate-obama-dropped-surveillance-hammer-on-trump-had-proof-89747/#BqLeWDtQQPy0G4AS.99

  • Ruckus_Tom

    Exactly. Those living in the bubble may be surprised at just how many Americans would willing to rise up to defend our duly elected president.

  • Jon Carry

    What a profoundly stupid article by an absolute idiot of a writer. Everything single thing Kincaid writes here was blown out of the water by J. Edger Comey’s congressional testimony. The only other place I see so much NeverTrump foolishness is the DailyKos.

  • Cisterna_6

    As the Orange Teflon Don says “very fake news”.

  • Russ Neal

    I agree that the Democrats and media will not let facts get in the way of their efforts to construct a narrative that will paralyze the Trump administration if not lead to his removal from office, and I agree that our Republican Congressmen and Senators seem to lack the backbone to fight this crowd. I agree that not having a war room to resist their many war rooms is a mistake. Whether they will succeed is another matter. Prayer for the President and for our nation is the key. Psalm 37.

  • frankstclair

    I certainly hope not. It may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and forces a revolution. Snowflakes will not do well.

  • frankstclair

    I don’t think the writer actually listened to Comey’s “testimony.” It pretty thoroughly indicted the previous administration, especially Lynch.

  • Easy Way #6

    There will be no civil war if Trump is forced out or if he loses in 2020. What will happen is that the institutions of government and the media will simply draw closer to make sure that such an unfortunate breach does not happen ever again. Trump policies will be reversed and we’ll go back to Obama Bliss. A sweet veil of forgetfulness will descend over the country.

  • Ben Shekel

    This guy must be Louise Mensch’s brother.

  • 57nomad

    They are not going to ‘get’ Trump because they do not want to be dragged from their offices and ripped limb from limb in the streets.

  • NASArefugee

    No, the Community Reinvestment Act pressures banks to write mortgages to individuals who are not capable of making mortgage payments; the Democrat Congress raised the percentage of non-conforming mortgages that banks must originate to 52% shortly before the collapse, while Fannie Mae packaged the worthless mortgages in complex derivatives that completely obscured their investment risk, and the fed flooded the housing market with billions of dollars to fuel the equity bubble.

    Once the house of cards was stacked as high as it could go, Chuck Schumer disingenuously wrote a public letter calling into question the solvency of IndieMac Bank, the largest holder of mortgage-backed securities (~$2 trillion), promptly causing a run on the bank and setting in motion the 2008 collapse.

    This is not a lie, Mr. Anderson, and I challenge you to refute any of the facts I just cited. Our government and the Fed planned, financed, and orchestrated the collapse of the housing market. These are the people you want to entrust with watching out for our interests through Dodd-Frank?

  • bmarie55

    Just try overturning a legal constitutional election because your flawed and corrupt candidate showed her real colors, and see where that goes. Do you like to count on government agencies? retirement systems? stock market stability? having a job? Be careful what you dedicate your godless time to overthrowing because you might actually be benefiting from a stable and civil society you are trying to destroy.

  • PhysicalRemover
  • James Fliess

    Why do they need to prepare 8 years in advance for President Pence?

  • Arrest-George_Soros

    Do it and you’ll get a civil war.

    And we have all the guns…..

  • Arrest-George_Soros

    Or swing from lampposts.

  • LoneVoice1

    Impeachment doesn’t mean what these rats think it means. Bill Clinton was impeached. But he wasn’t removed from office, and Clinton actually committed perjury.

  • LoneVoice1

    Hypocrites is the usual accusation your side throws at us. It ranks right up there with racist and misogynist for being so overused as to become meaningless.

  • Peter

    Or be used to prime their own guillotines-in-waiting. Called the Mordecai solution.

  • Peter

    Based on what? Just kidding !

  • Peter

    They’ll find Trump perfectly preserved – imperishable even – if he lasts as long as a quarter pounder.

  • Peter

    If Trump is a comedy, Obama was a drama.

  • #Indivisible

    Don’t be a hypocrite and you won’t have that throw at you.

  • #Indivisible

    Nice non sequitur.

    Again.
    Dodd Frank doesn’t pressure banks to write mortgages to individuals, that are not capable of making mortgage payments.
    That was and is still a lie.

    When you find a banker who was “pressured” to ignore sound, safe lending practices and make loans he didn’t want to make under the CRA, let the world know.
    Until then, you have zero legitimacy.
    We’ll wait.

  • #Indivisible

    Nonsense.
    Everything in Schumer’s letter was already known to the public.

    IndyMac was one of the most poorly run and reckless of all the banks.
    It was spunoff from Countrywide, and like Countrywide, it was not subject to the CRA and it did all kinds of profligate activities that it never should have.
    Both IndyMac and Countrywide helped cause the housing crisis.

    And it was not the first Bank to fall that year, it was the fifth.

    You have zero legitimacy.

  • #Indivisible

    [citation missing]

    “High crimes and misdemeanors ”

    Come on Lee.
    Lay out the info, or take it back.
    Legitimacy is important.
    Demonstrate some.

  • Dan Flaherty

    Oops… never mind!

  • Andrew Kent Jaussi

    If Trump is impeached be ready for civil war.

  • PulSamsara

    Trump is a failure already.

    (Who could have seen this coming?)

  • PulSamsara

    your boy is a failure.

  • Petrinoid

    Turn yourself in to the nearest authorities!

  • Petrinoid

    Turn yourself in..immediately…..to the nearest authorities !

  • Petrinoid

    Turn off Faux “news ” .

  • Connor McGrath

    You are correct and the twits on this thread can’t change that.

  • Connor McGrath

    Not baseless and we know it. We all know it. Even you know it.

  • Connor McGrath

    Thank you Captain Conundrum! What are you, 12?

  • AndRebecca

    So you bought into The Big Leakers lies. And you equate AIM with the Daily Kos…You drink too much.

  • AndRebecca

    And we should have a two year supply of food.

  • AndRebecca

    What has he failed at? You need to go to White House . gov and see what he has done. He is doing everything without the media coverage. Your brainwashing is showing, even through your head cover.

  • AndRebecca

    Here’s the site you need to see to have your head explode: https://www.whitehouse.gov/

  • #Indivisible
  • Jon Carry

    No, given that the leftwing moonbats hatred for Trump is equal to the NeverTrumpers on the right, I don’t drink enough.

  • AndRebecca

    You are right about the drinking, but where is the anti-Trump in this article? And you site Comey who is anti-Trump and did not blow anything out of the water.

  • Drifter12

    It’s not going to happen Progressive people… Get over it before you get your head handed to you in 2018.

  • Drifter12

    No! And siting fake news as evidence, as well…absolutely pathetic…

  • Drifter12

    It was an unanswered prayer for justice…not a cheer.

  • PulSamsara

    flailing. spin anyway you like. I know you’re embarrassed.

  • PulSamsara

    I know you’re embarrassed. That’s understandable : )

  • AndRebecca

    I am embarrassed for you. You look silly.

  • AndRebecca

    I take it you are too dumb to click on the site.

  • BobInBpt

    You know what? The Feminists and the Gays and the Illegals all think that getting rid of Trump will somehow help them and they are FOOLS, plain and simple ! President Trump is at least moderate. He may not approve of gay marriage but he does approve of gay people and gay civil unions. And he may not approve of abortion, but neither would he initiate the reversal of Rowe Vs Wade. And while Trump is strong against illegal immigration, he is not heartless when it comes to breaking up families and dealing with “dreamers”.

    If Pence becomes President, the Left will wish th heaven that they had never lead this ridiculous Coup against Donald Trump ! Rowe Vs Wade will be rescinded, gay marriage laws will be rescinded and ALL ILLEGALS will be deported. And places like Chicago and “Sanctuary Cities” will all be placed under martial law ! Let’s see how the “Snowflakes” will like THAT !!!!!!!

  • PulSamsara

    so much failure. really. I’m a centrist and WE’RE laughing at you too. : )

  • PulSamsara

    : ) keep entertaining us with your failure everyday.

  • AndRebecca

    You say “WE’RE”…are you hearing voices?

  • AndRebecca

    You wish failure on the U.S., too bad you won’t get it.

  • PulSamsara

    There you go again… : ) flailing more…

  • PulSamsara

    The majority of Americans think your boy is a failure.. and so are his backward supporters : )

    Flail on…

  • AndRebecca

    Your voices told you that, I’m sure. If he was a failure, he wouldn’t upset you losers so much. He’s doing a great job draining the swamp and the swamp creatures can’t stand it.

  • AndRebecca

    Huh? Ah, the world seen through the eyes of a prole.

  • PulSamsara

    More failure today. Better not read the paper or watch TV or the Internet … all Trump failure : )

  • PulSamsara

    Stalled agenda… base near collapse…

  • AndRebecca

    More failure on your side? President Trump is doing a fantastic job in spite of his communist opposition coming via the left-wing Democrats.

  • AndRebecca

    The Left sure doesn’t want him to succeed. They are becoming more unhinged. Crazy is the new normal, but that’s been the case for years.

  • PulSamsara

    so much failure.

    (the center wants him to fail too – because you ‘elected’ a complete @$$. Expect no respect – you will be afforded none.)

  • PulSamsara

    You keep living in you delusional little backward bubble. The world is pointing at you and laughing.

  • PulSamsara

    so much failure.

  • AndRebecca

    You are a prole and wouldn’t know how to respect anyone. You’re just another lowlife willing to be used by the Left because you can barely function on your own. A loser.

  • AndRebecca

    I have a total grip on what is going on in the world. Scumbags from around the world hate America because it isn’t scummy. What’s new?

  • AndRebecca

    I’m pretty sure you live failure and are totally jealous of Trump and Americans in general. Try getting a life.

  • PulSamsara

    so much failure.

  • PulSamsara

    so much failure

  • PulSamsara

    centrist. we hate you trumpers too : )

  • PulSamsara

    he’s flailing. any non-backward person can see this. : )

  • PulSamsara

    so much trump failure : )

  • AndRebecca

    Yes, you are a failure.

  • AndRebecca

    You aren’t even an American, so hate away.

  • AndRebecca

    You are weird.

  • AndRebecca

    I guess with your I.Q. of 70 you do O.K.

  • PulSamsara

    deflect, deflect… it’s all failure for you.

  • PulSamsara

    you are failing.

  • PulSamsara

    you’re the hater : ) and that’s why we all laugh at you.

  • PulSamsara

    yawn… deflect when you have nothing but failure.

  • PulSamsara

    I live well and so will my posterity : ) because I’m not backward and embracing failure.

  • PulSamsara

    more deflecting – more failure.

  • PulSamsara

    Hold the mirror to your face. I win everyday – and watch you fail : )

  • AndRebecca

    How’s the weather in la-la land?