McCain Calls Out Media Hypocrisy: Obama Also Made Promises to Foreign Leaders

NewsBusters | 9/19/2019 | Staff
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It seems every week the media spends day after day obsessing over another anonymously-sourced report that makes claims no one can back up. Thursday, journalists were in a frenzy over a Washington Post report which alleged an anonymous “whistleblower” who formerly worked for an intelligence agency, claimed President Trump had promised something “troubling” to an unnamed foreign leader, in August. Frenzy over the story also hit the ladies at the View table, who worried that the Department of Justice was “covering up” the alleged scandal to protect Trump. Only co-host Meghan McCain had the nerve to point out the media hypocrisy on this topic.

Post reporter Shane Harris, one of the co-authors of the whistleblower report, called in for a Skype interview with the View hosts. Unlike her co-hosts, McCain didn’t let Harris off the hook. After reading President Trump’s denial of the report, she pointed out that President Obama also made promises to foreign leaders before, which didn’t raise red flags in the media (so much so that journalists have wiped it from their memory.) McCain forced Harris to explain why there was a difference, now:

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I know we have heard presidents promising things to foreign leaders before, like when President Obama was caught on a hot mic telling then the Russian President Medvedev, saying he would, quote, “have more flexibility after the election.” So can you tell viewers why there's a difference between that and this?

Harris downplayed that admission from Obama, calling it simply “deal making.” However, he wouldn’t give President Trump the same benefit of the doubt:

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That's a great question. When we saw that conversation with Obama and Medvedev, you're kind of seeing the horse trading and the deal making. While we don't know what exactly what substance was or the details of the conversation with Trump and this...
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