Here’s What the Media Won’t Report About the Comey Hearing

June 11, 2017

The word “collusion” has proliferated in media headlines lately, normally in regard to President Donald Trump and his relationship with Russia. However, where the word has not been used is to describe the media’s unprincipled alliance with the liberal establishment.

The mainstream media has taken a very underwhelming testimony from former FBI Director James Comey and put an immense amount of spin on it. Reluctant to let go of a politicized story that portrays Trump as a villainous pawn of the Kremlin, the media has failed to account for the most pertinent facts of Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Media collusion

Newsweek has decided to go “full liberal” in the wake of the Senate hearing.

They published this outrageous headline (complete with a generous use of the caps lock):

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT CALLS SURGE AS PRESIDENT FACES ‘MOST SERIOUS SCANDAL’ IN U.S. HISTORY.

The news magazine believes that calls for impeachment on charges of obstruction from “leading Trump resistance groups” amounts to evidence of obstruction. Yet Alan Dershowitz reports that there are precedents demonstrating unequivocally that Trump did not obstruct justice.

A Foreign Policy headline is no less sensational, stating, “There are reams of evidence pointing to Trump’s collusion with Russia.” The report goes on to cite Trump’s words during debates with Hillary Clinton, such as “I love Wikileaks,” as the most incriminating example of these “reams of evidence.”

There is little coverage from the mainstream media, however, discussing how Trump was completely vindicated from allegations of Russia collusion by Comey’s own testimony. During the hearing, the former FBI director admitted that a New York Times story suggesting that Trump and his campaign were in steady contact with Russian officials during the hacking scandal is mostly false.

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but…

The retraction-heavy Washington Post, of course, took liberties with Comey’s testimony in a desperate attempt to keep the Russiagate narrative alive. A headline following the Senate hearings reads:

Comey has no doubt whatsoever that Russia was behind election hacks.

Of course, WaPo missed the bigger story. In Comey’s analysis, no votes were altered by the alleged Russian attempts at hacking.

Responding to questions from Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) regarding cyber attacks from Russia, Comey said:

I’m confident. By the time, when I left, I had seen no indication of that as the director.

America’s lack of faith in journalists’ ability to report unbiased accounts of the news is justified by the headlines following Comey’s testimony. Trump’s preference for social media in lieu of holding press conferences also seems justified by the outrageous behavior from reporters that place political allegiance above their professional duties.

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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Jewish News Syndicate.