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The New York Times Friday edition was chock-full of post-Mueller report coverage emphasizing President Trump’s attempts to hinder an investigation into what amounted to no underlying crime, while glossing over his vindication from criminal charges and the discrediting of the media's “collusion” narrative of the last two years.
Still, the paper reliably emphasized the negative spin in its banner headline, "Mueller Report Lays Out Russian Contacts And Trump’s Frantic Efforts To Foil Inquiry.”
Mark - Mazzetti - Story - Friday - Lead
Mark Mazzetti story in Friday’s lead slot was titled: “No Charges of Criminal Conspiracy and No ‘Judgment’ on Obstruction.” Not a bad summary -- but what happened to the word “collusion”? The Times was throwing it around with the rest of the media; now the goal posts are shifting.
Mazzetti assumed that the Russian influence (mostly ridiculous Facebook posts) somehow was the undeniable deciding factor that swung Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania into Trump’s camp.
Report - Bare - Mr - Trump - Help
The report laid bare that Mr. Trump was elected with the help of a foreign power, and cataloged numerous meetings between Mr. Trump’s advisers and Russians seeking to influence the campaign and the presidential transition team -- encounters set up in pursuit of business deals, policy initiatives and political dirt about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for president.
Investigators - Inquiry - Russian - Campaign - President
Then, after federal investigators opened an inquiry into the extraordinary Russian campaign, the president repeatedly tried to undermine it.
“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” Mr. Mueller’s investigators...
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