Accuracy in Media

His name is Jerome Corsi, but it might as well be “Conspiracy Theorist” Corsi as far as the mainstream media is concerned.

Corsi, an author and former newspaper reporter, sued special counsel Robert Mueller last December, accusing Mueller of constitutional violations, leaking grand jury secrets and trying to badger Corsi into giving false testimony that he served as a conduit between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump.

That’s pretty serious stuff if proven. But it never got close to being proven, in part because media bias made it easy for judges and others to reject Corsi’s claims.

It got even farther from the inside of a courtroom Thursday when Judge Ellen Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, a Bill Clinton appointee, tossed his lawsuit on the grounds Corsi had “failed to make a valid case against Mueller or any of the various intelligence and law enforcement agencies named in his complaint.”

Headlines from when Corsi filed the suit gave strong hints how the story would be handled. “Conspiracy theorist sues Mueller alleging illegal leaks and surveillance,” read the headline on Josh Gerstein’s story on Politico, which went on to point out the suit “is just the latest maneuver in a public campaign against Mueller by Corsi and his attorneys. Last month, they gave reporters copies of draft court documents showing that Mueller wanted Corsi to plead guilty to a false statements charge.”

Elsewhere, the headline on Megan Mineiro’s story at Courthouse News Service read “Conspiracy Theorist Corsi Faces Uphill Battle in Mueller Suit.”

When Mueller was turned down after having asked for a hearing to be delayed at which he was to have responded to Corsi’s accusations, CNBC took aim not at Mueller but at Corsi.

“A federal judge on Thursday denied a request by special counsel Robert Mueller and several other federal agencies to delay on upcoming hearing in a lawsuit brought by Roger Stone-linked conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi,” CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger wrote.

Mueller and other federal agencies sought the delay on the basis the government was shut down, and Department of Justice attorneys were not being paid to work. “A lawyer for Corsi, 72, retorted that the request for a delay was being ‘proffered tactically’ and asserted ‘it is highly doubtful’ DOJ attorneys ‘are actually prohibited from working.’”

CNBC did not think much of Corsi or the lawsuit, labeling him a “leading promulgator of the Obama ‘birther’ conspiracy and the ‘Swift Boat’ campaign.”

The story on The Hill about Thursday’s dismissal was headlined: “Judge throws out conspiracy theorist’s lawsuit against Mueller,” and the text of Harper Neidig’s story said “Corsi’s sweeping claims that Mueller and the government had conducted illegal surveillance on him, violated his constitutional rights and leaked grand jury information were lacking in evidence and legal grounding.”

It identified Corsi as “formerly of the far-right conspiracy theory website InfoWars.” His claims, The Hill reported, were “sweeping” in nature and “lacking in evidence and legal grounding.”

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