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Liberal media complicit in collusion narrative

By Cal Thomas, Tribune Content Agency on

What Sean Davis, co-founder of the web magazine The Federalist, wrote in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal sums up the disgust many Americans are feeling about the way big media handled the Russia collusion story: "It wasn't merely an error here or there. America's blue-chip journalists botched the entire story, from its birth during the presidential campaign to its final breath Sunday -- and they never stopped congratulating themselves for it."

The New York Post created a page resembling March Madness brackets on which they listed the most biased and offensive reporters, commentators and analysts. If trust in journalism was low before, it must be dropping to near record levels after the exposure of bias and downright lies.

Broadcast and some cable networks repeatedly interviewed former CIA and Intelligence directors associated with the Obama administration, as well as Democratic politicians who frequently indicted the president based on their own biases, suppositions and wished-for outcomes. Only days ago the major media promoted the line that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was beyond reproach. Now they seem to be suggesting that facts matter less than their ideology.

The conservative website Newsbusters.org, part of the Media Research Center, monitored the coverage during the last two years. It found that between January 20, 2017 (Inauguration Day) through March 21 of this year, the three broadcast network evening news programs "produced a combined 2,284 minutes of 'collusion' coverage," averaging about three minutes per night, every night, for 791 days. That's more airtime, it says, than they devoted to the policies of the Trump administration, which clearly affect more people.

The president has suggested retribution against not only the networks and their reporters he believes are out to get him, but also those commentators and politicians who helped spread the lies about collusion. While revenge is a dish best served cold -- meaning one should wait before acting hastily -- there is a case to be made for the president's views. It is best made, not by the strong arm of government, but by taking it to the voters.

CNBC reports that Trump's re-election campaign sent a memo to television producers on Monday instructing them to "employ basic journalistic standards when booking" six current or former government officials that the campaign said "made outlandish, false claims, without evidence" while on air.

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The memo names:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) the chair of the House Judiciary Committee

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez

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