The Daily Caller’s Amber Athey created a useful roundup of the blockbuster media overreaches over the years about discredited Mueller/collusion theories; these so-called “bombshells” disrupted the marketplace and had tangible, lasting erosion of civic trust. Here’s a look at just the top ten:
“1. CNN Accuses Don Jr. Of Wikileaks Collusion
Last December, CNN’s Manu Raju reported that Wikileaks emailed Donald Trump Jr. to give him access to stolen documents a full 10 days before they were released to the public.
Unfortunately for CNN, it turns out their sources gave them the wrong date. Don Jr. actually received an email with access to the stolen docs on Sept. 14, 2016, after they had already been released publicly.”
Investigative journalist Brian Ross had a long, storied career of breaking news. But his career flamed out because he couldn’t contain his anti-Trump animus, which clouded his judgment and wreaked havoc on U.S. markets.. From The Daily Caller:
“2. ABC Tanks Stock Market With Fake Flynn News
ABC was forced to suspend Brian Ross after he falsely reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump ordered him to make contact with the Russians. The stock market dropped a few hundred points at the news — but it turned out to be fake. ABC clarified that Flynn was actually prepared to testify that Trump asked him to contact Russia while the administration was transitioning into office. Pretty standard preparation for an incoming president.”
Anthony Scaramucci has been an ongoing punching bag for the mainstream media, which misreported about “The Mooch” and his involvement with Russians.
“3. The Mooch Is NOT Under Investigation … In June 2017, CNN relied on a single unnamed source to claim that Scaramucci was under investigation for a meeting he took with a Russian banker prior to Trump’s inauguration. The Mooch denied the story and CNN later gave him a much-deserved apology. Oh … and three CNN employees resigned over the botched piece.”
The mainstream media was also quick to drag the First Family through the mud, including reporting about their finances.
“4. Bloomberg’s Dirty Deutsche Bank Scoop
Bloomberg initially reported in December that special counsel Robert Mueller had ‘zeroed in’ on Trump by subpoenaing Deutsche Bank records for the incoming president and his family. Bloomberg later admitted that Mueller was looking for records relating to ‘people affiliated’ with Trump.”
Even though President Trump and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t see eye-to-eye on some key issues, that didn’t stop the mainstream media from trying to wrongly taint Sessions.
“5. Sessions Exonerated
Last May, CNN was sure that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had botched protocol when he didn’t list meetings he had with the Russian ambassador on his security clearance forms. To CNN and other establishment media outlets, this was proof that Sessions was hiding something related to Russia.
A little over six months later, CNN quietly walked back the scandal, explaining the FBI sent emails informing Sessions’ aide that he did not need to disclose the meetings on his forms because they were carried out in the course of his duties as a senator.”
With the “chicken little” and “sky is falling” narratives so commonplace within the mainstream media, it’s no wonder that The Washington Post wanted to see Russian malevolence everywhere.
“6. Russians Aren’t Just Hacking The Election — They’re Hacking Our Power Grid
The Washington Post claimed in January 2017 that Russians were hacking the U.S. power grid through a company in Vermont, only to change the story to say that only one laptop was infiltrated. It turns out that one laptop was never even connected to the power grid.”
The many failures by the mainstream media around the Steele/Fusion GPS dossier included the dossier’s genesis.
“7. Republicans Funded The Dossier!
A number of news outlets have consistently claimed that Republicans initially paid for the anti-Trump Steele dossier, failing to note that Steele wasn’t even contracted by Fusion GPS until after the GOP donors pulled funding. The Republican donors say they paid Fusion for standard opposition research and that they have zero connection to the dossier.”
Former FBI Director James Comey was a key figure embraced by the mainstream media, except when the truth came out that Comey told the president that he was not being investigated by the FBI.
“8. CNN Gets Comey Prediction Wildly Wrong
Prior to former FBI director James Comey’s congressional testimony last June, CNN asserted that Comey was prepared to contradict a key claim by President Trump — that Comey told him he was not under investigation. Sadly for them, Comey’s prepared testimony was released with the line, “During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower … I offered that assurance [that he was not under investigation].”
The mainstream media often tried to pit President Trump against the “intelligence community,” yet it couldn’t even properly identify the duties held by members of this community.
“9. The ’17 Intel Agencies’ Lie
The media perpetuated a false claim from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for months, insisting that all 17 intelligence agencies agree that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. The New York Times, for example, rated that claim as true only to later say the exact opposite. Only four intelligence agencies ultimately deemed Russia responsible for meddling because the other 13 have no business making judgments on the claim. As The NYT succinctly explained, ‘The rest were doing other work.’”
While the mainstream media tried to project many things onto Mueller’s work, including his notes, the media often came up badly wrong.
“10. Manafort Notes Are A Nothing Burger
NBC botched its big scoop claiming that Paul Manafort’s notes from a meeting with a Russian lawyer included the word ‘donations’ near a reference to the Republican National Committee.
Turns out, not only did the word ‘donations’ not appear in Manafort’s notes, but the word ‘donor’ didn’t, either. Politico had to correct the NBC report, leaving the legacy network looking awfully embarrassed.”