Accuracy in Media

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said during his controversial July 27th press conference. “I think you’ll be rewarded mightily by our press.” He later tweeted that these emails should be turned over to the FBI.

The press insisted that what Trump proposed would involve foreign meddling in the American election. However, the press has said little about the Obama administration’s meddling in other countries’ elections. President Obama urged a “no” vote when Britain was considering “Brexit,” leaving the European Union. As for Israel’s election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year, The Washington Post reports that “…the news broke that Obama’s 2012 national field director, Jeremy Bird, was headed to Tel Aviv to manage a grass-roots campaign to oust Netanyahu.”

Granted, while this might constitute American interference in foreign voting, neither of these actions encouraged foreign countries to spy on U.S. candidates, or hack into their emails. But is that really what Trump did?

CNN political analyst Christine Quinn said of Trump, “It’s honestly almost treasonous.”

John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and contributor to The New York Times, tweeted that “Trump, who fondly recalls when America was ‘great,’ could literally have been locked up in 1950s for saying what he said about Russia today.”

Michael Weiss, Senior Editor at The Daily Beast, tweeted that it was “A bold strategy, making your campaign platform treason.”

While the press was busy pillorying Trump, they repeatedly focused on that one line. The premise of the question swirling around Trump was that the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails and their release just before the start of the Democrats’ convention was an effort by the Russians to hurt Hillary and the Democrats—and to help Trump.

Early on in the press conference, Trump said, “It’s just a total deflection, this whole thing with Russia. In fact, I saw her campaign manager I don’t know his title, Mook. I saw him on television and they asked him about Russia and the hacking. By the way, they hacked—they probably have her 33,000 e-mails. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 e-mails that she lost and deleted because you’d see some beauties there.”

The questions kept on coming. That is when Trump said the following:

“Why do I have to get involved with Putin? I have nothing to do with Putin. I’ve never spoken to him. I don’t know anything about him other than he will respect me. He doesn’t respect our President. And if it is Russia—which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it is—but if it is Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason, because it shows how little respect they have for our country, when they would hack into a major party and get everything. But it would be interesting to see—I will tell you this—Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Where is the media outcry over Hillary Clinton’s trafficking in classified information? FBI Director Comey, while choosing not to recommend an indictment, called her “extremely careless” and said that 110 of her emails, either sent or received, contained classified information which was classified at the time.

“She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries,” said Comey. “Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.”

When Chris Wallace interviewed Mrs. Clinton on Fox News Sunday on July 31, he cited Comey’s repudiation of her claims that she never emailed any classified material to anyone, nor that she ever sent or received any information that was classified at the time, nor received anything marked classified. She responded, “Chris, that’s not what I heard Director Comey say.” But that’s exactly what Comey said. You can see it here. Even The Washington Post Fact Checker has given Hillary Four Pinocchios for this latest series of lies.

Many in the press seemed to have forgotten that Mrs. Clinton’s server has already been turned over to the FBI. What, then, is left to hack? Any espionage would likely have been done while Mrs. Clinton’s server was hooked up to the Internet, and may have been done while she was secretary of state.

Bloomberg News reported back in June that “The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation was among the organizations breached by suspected Russian hackers in a dragnet of the U.S. political apparatus ahead of the November election…” The Clinton campaign may have been affected, as well. More damaging leaks can be expected in the future, and the news media will most certainly rally to protect Mrs. Clinton—whatever the revelations.

Mrs. Clinton and her family have much to hide. We have reported repeatedly about the quid pro quo corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons, as the family accepted donations and speaking fees from foreign nations and companies with business before Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

“The truth is that when the emails that are leaked in the age of the Internet are America’s wartime secrets, such as battlefield secrets in a time when our troops are engaged in combat with a savage foe, the left is all too eager to work with the leakers and characterize them as ‘whistleblowers,’” comments The New York Sun. “But when the messages being leaked include internal email traffic of the Democrats themselves, wires that show them maneuvering against Senator Sanders in a ghastly way, the Democrats are suddenly up in arms.”

Where was the media outrage when an alleged Russian hacker exposed the opposition research of the DNC against Trump back in June? Frankly, they were fine with that. The latest revelations on Wikileaks have been more damaging, and the press has had to step in to help their favored candidate.

If the Russians did hack Mrs. Clinton’s homebrew server, they likely have blackmail material on her. “This sort of gangsterism is perfectly in keeping with Putin’s [modus operandi], so the blackmail angle can hardly be dismissed,” noted Rick Moran for The American Thinker in June.

Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist had an excellent piece on this, arguing that the media played right into Trump’s hands. She wrote:

“Trump’s communication style is one that works well on many voters, and is not known in any way, shape, or form for its specificity. First he says he hopes Russia finds the emails. Then he says ‘they probably have them’ and ‘if they have them, they have them.’

“But the point is that his jokey highlighting of Hillary Clinton’s claim that she deleted 30,000 personal emails about yoga is not really the same thing as calling on Russia to currently hack information that they, in all likelihood, took years ago. Perhaps a tempering of the headlines and framing is in order.”

It’s a familiar pattern by now. The press plays gotcha with Trump. His adversarial and sarcastic posture towards the media sometimes gets him in trouble and requires several days to clean up and move on. We’re at 100 days and counting until the election. The polls show the race at close to dead even. It’s time to buckle up.

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  • Steven Barrett

    What an understatement: “. . . . His adversarial and sarcastic posture towards the media sometimes gets him in trouble and requires several days to clean up and move on.”
    Just like that, “clean up and move on.” He can take sides with a potential (hostile) adversary of our nation, in fact, the most dangerous potential (hostile) adversary, Vladimir Putin, and we’re expected to just “move on.” Apparently, if one takes your viewpoint, Trump can impugn the motives, postures and message of Mr. and Mrs. Khan, Gold Star parents of a slain war hero, and continue in your own words … “adversarial and sarcastic posture towards the media” as he continually fumbles forward, backwards and both sideways in his attempts to weasel his way out of his now infamous … for lack of a better term, “Hey, Wiki, if you find the emails, hand ’em over to my new best friend, Vlad who’ll hand them over to us.” After he’s culled every damn thing for the FSV. By the way, Mr. Aronoff, do you think Trump has ever caught on that FSV is the old KGB? You’ve got a nominee not even ready to ride a bike with training wheels and you’re giving a pep talk with this article above?
    And just this morning there was some conservative talking head on FNC blaming the leftists in the media for blowing the nominee’s moral meltdown (when it comes to treating Gold Star parents of our slain Muslim heroes).
    Try telling that to John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. Try explaining how it’s all about ideology to those people and the many thousands of Hispanic veterans and their families, especially those of Mexican ancestry. (which, by the way, in some cases long, and I mean centuries long, predate the Trumps in terms of holding American citizenship.
    Those willing to support Trump had indeed, better “buckle up” because the Trump plane is being taken down in a long nosedive that won’t be straightened out in time before election day if they wish to avoid a complete WH, Senate/House Trifecta Sweep Crash in favor of the Democrats. Personally, nothing could delight me more than to see the GOP get it’s comeuppance for kicking the teeth of the American electorate as they have this past year by allowing this loud, boorish and bullying ignoramus become its nominee.
    Mr. Aronoff, giving your conservative loyals a 100 day speech is way too late given the true nature of Mr. Trump that surfaced this past week with his reactions to the criticism he (justifiably) took during the Democratic Convention. Your nominee and his team are on a Trump jet that’s gone well past the point of no return and he’s fast leaking the kind of good will necessary to keep his campaign afloat. If the Koch brothers won’t give him the necessary refueling his campaign needs towards the end, all he’s got are fundraising letters like the one I received through Townhall representing a cheesy rippoff of Bernie Sanders’ standard letters for donations. But the price tags for donations sure as hell didn’t match those of Bernie’s. Trump’s gang of thieves in his plane’s cockpit wanted much much more so they could continue their fraud of a candidacy based primarily on bluster and pure undiluted bullshit.
    And given Trump & Co.’s uncalled for treatment of Mr. and Mrs. Khan this past week, can I ask one question of you, one very similar to a question put to another bullying hero of the Right, Joe McCarthy … “Have you no shame?”

  • Ray

    Lying crooked Hillary still telling LIES every time she opens that mouth. Now wants to call James Comey a liar. Washington Post gives her 4 Pinocchios, not good from a liberal paper. MSM has got to start watching her more closely. It is SICKENING !!!!..

  • Steven Barrett

    Ray, what does Mrs. Clinton’s interview with Chris Wallace have to do with Trump’s insulting attacks on the Khans, Muslims in general, Mexicans, the disabled, women and so forth? “Lying crooked Hillary” … LOL, how original.

  • Katie Myers

    I think it’s interesting how upset u are about a sarcastic comment by Trump, when Hillary is Actually bold-faced lying over, and over, and over again,” in courts of law, to the public’ face, etc, while using the DNC to take down your other viable candidate (Bernie), and pocketing all kinds of cash. Plus even everything you said sounds like whining to me, (i.e. Not based on facts…surprise, surprise.) However, please do continue. I am studying ignorance as a personal hobby.

  • Mac

    You mean he insulted people from a religion of totally peace loving people, and maligned an entire nation that just wants to do the jobs that no American would do?
    Or did he insult only those people who want to do us harm?
    Carter allowed Cuba to dump all its trash in the US, so now everyone is trying it.
    Try not to be as gullible as Jimmy.

  • Steven Barrett

    Katie, it appears as if you’re attempting to master the art of sarcasm. You’d be better off calling the Trump campaign headquarters to see if Trump University has any openings in classes on “studying ignorance.” And don’t stop at “as a personal hobby” if you want to make it within the Trumposphere. Hopefully before you take me up on my own heavily sarcasm-laden suggestions you’ll take a look at this article appearing in today’s Huffington Post, written by a former Trump attorney. ( It’s most revealing and I seriously hope you read it in order to run away … and best yet … be seen … running as far away from anything to do with Trump or what he stands for. It’s a long piece, so you can do as the author suggests and scroll down to reason #20 why we shouldn’t have Trump as our next president.
    I think the good attorney was being most charitable by stopping at 20. If you value ancient small-R, but by far more substantive, republican values, gravitas and civic decorum, you might want to rethink your support of Trump. Besides, boning up on any means of defending this guy in print, whatever, is truly a sign you’ve been wasting an otherwise good mind by “studying ignorance,” but not exactly at the hobby level.

  • Steven Barrett

    Funny how I remember lots of my fellow Irish belonging to the Catholic faith expressing no remorse as they’d cheer on any parked vehicle that just happened to blow up outside a Protestant pub in Belfast or ‘Derry. Not that the Catholics didn’t have a legit beef, but don’t you think they, too, like their fellow Protestant Christians behaved in ways that didn’t do the Christian world much for its reputation as being more peaceful than the Muslims you just trashed? What goes ’round, comes around. Hey, even Pope Francis, today, admitted Catholics go overboard too. Oh, and lest I forget, how well did the Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croatians settle their differences? Kumbaya sessions or Ak-47s. More like the latter.

  • Mac

    Your analogy is unsurprisingly flawed. That conflict is English vs. Irish not really religious. And, after a long life as a Christian attending church avidly, I seem to have missed all the beheadings.
    Plus, Trump’s reference in his “ban on Muslims” has to do with those from countries known for exporting terror who cannot be vetted by the USA.
    All the photos of “refugees” that I have seen are of fighting aged men not widows and orphans.

  • hap46

    Its sad for America that we have a very secretive and conniving Democrat President nominee that knowingly set up a private internet server in her home basement so she can keep all her emails “under wraps” from the government while serving as Secretary of State. And, please don’t any liberal journalist or media outlet brainwash the Americans to think that Obama didn’t know about this situation. Hillary is totally dishonest, a con-artist, lying POS. And,the liberal Elites and supporters are lapping up all the garbage she is throwing at us– “Oh, I was careless” “I didn’t know it was wrong” and ” Next time I will learn from my mistake”. GIVE ME A BREAK. She’s a licensed, practicing lawyer that knows all the loopholes and schemes to fool the public. Both Hillary and Bill Clinton should have been in jail a long time ago.

  • Tom Sawyer

    Trumps comments on the Khan family are essentially moot, as it was none other than Hillary Clinton, who voted for and sent him to Iraq to die…on baseless grounds no less (WMDs). But yes, lets all pile on Trump for the classic “gotcha question” posed by Mr. Khan.

  • Tom Sawyer

    The attorney in question in the Huff article, much like his ghostwriter, is a well known liberal. As such, his rhetoric is not surprising given the political climate and desperation of Hillarys campaign. Did you read the released emails regarding the media conspiring directly with the DNC and Hillarys campaign to spin how exactly to attack Trump? They even went as far as to approve the daily talking points and scripts with the DNC in advance (I dont watch Morning Joe anymore). This is no different.

    But hey, forget Trump U, you should call Laureate University instead. They bilked FAR more money off of FAR poorer people. The Clintons made tens of millions off of third world kids and their families and then left them out to dry.

  • Tom Sawyer

    Nevermind those good old moderates the Obama admin has been supporting have been seen chopping off a kids head on video, and cutting out and eating the hearts of Syrian soldiers. Remember that? How can you fight islamic radicalism while simultaneously arming and training them? Particularly, ones not much better than ISIS itself?

  • Gregg Braddoch

    You forgot the LRA – But it is telling that the conflicts that you can mention, plus mine can be counted on ONE hand for Christianity, however we can find enough to fill quite a few hands just in the modern day with Islam.

    You people who are always going “Christians did it / do it too!” and “Not all Muslims!” neglect the most important difference between the two religions:

    Under Islamic doctrine, killing people empties your list of sins, while under Christianity, it multiplies it.

  • Steven Barrett

    Boy, are you a warm one.

  • Gz7

    You can vote for the Beast, but leave the rest of us alone.

  • Jack Parsons

    The leaked DNC emails were most likely an inside job, despite Crooked Hillary’s deflection that Russia is behind them. The truth is that she has to divert because the leaked DNC emails prove two things; 1) the DNC favored Crooked Hillary over Bernie Sanders, and 2) the bigotry of the DNC. It’s the nature of the evidence, not the source of the evidence that is vital. Remember the old democrat Watergate mantra?

  • Jack Parsons

    Crooked Hillary’s deleted emails are easy to get. They are at the NSA’s Utah Data Center. All the FBI ha s to do is ask. Surely they know this.

  • Jack Parsons

    Bingo. Ironic, isn’t it?