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National Media ‘Biggest Losers’ from the Mueller Report

The national mainstream media has been proven wrong in its repeated false allegations of collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia.

As the National Review’s Rich Lowry observed on Twitter [1]: “The 3 biggest losers from the Mueller report in order—the media, the media, the media. It was obsessed & hysterical for 2 years, constantly suggesting the smoking-gun Russia revelation was just over the horizon, sometimes supporting its wished-for conclusion w/ erroneous reporting.”

After more than two years of promoting nonexistent crimes of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, news consumers would be wise to hold the media accountable for this recklessness.

Eddie Scarry, a commentator for the Washington Examiner, pointed out one of the reporting errors about the Mueller report and subsequent conclusions by the Department of Justice.

“CNN’s on-screen graphic keeps highlighting that Mueller ‘does not exonerate’ Trump of obstruction,” Scarry tweeted. [2] “The report ACTUALLY says the matter was too complicated, deferred to heads of DOJ– It was THEM who exonerated Trump by declining to pursue obstruction charges.”

Beyond Friday’s report and the Department of Justice’s Sunday summary, the years of repeated anti-Trump coverage has crowded out other important national priorities. The administration has pointed out that The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC wrote a combined 8,507 articles mentioning Mueller’s investigation into nonexistent collusion between Trump and Russia since May of 2017, averaging nearly 13 articles per day.

The administration also reported that the New York Times published 644 more stories mentioning the Mueller investigation than ones mentioning the North American Free Trade Agreement Renegotiation since May of 2017.

The Washington Post wrote 192 more stories mentioning the Mueller investigation than they did mentioning the Trump administration’s defeat of ISIS since May of 2017. CNN produced 908 more stories mentioning the Mueller investigation than they did mentioning the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act since May of 2017.