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Quick, what’s the bigger story? That the House Intelligence Committee has determined there is no evidence of Trump/Russia collusion after a year of looking into the matter? Or that the story is a virtual non-story in the mainstream media?
Fox News, as you might expect, is the one outlet calling out the others for pretending the report doesn’t exist and/or doesn’t matter:
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CBS’s “Evening News” spent only 31 seconds on the story, ABC’s “World News Tonight” covered the news for 27 seconds and NBC’s “Nightly News” didn’t even mention the news, according to the Media Research Center.
The mainstream media has spent months agonizing over alleged collusion, but the big three broadcast networks dedicated a total of 58 minutes to the committee’s findings. It will be interesting to see if the Democrats on the House panel, who are expected to put out their own report, receive more airtime.
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MRC analyst Nicholas Fondacaro noted that ABC’s White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl appeared “almost irritated” by the findings.
“These are the Republicans that control that committee… the finding is hardly surprising,” Karl said on ABC’s newscast. “Given how partisan that committee is, it’s not going to have any impact on the overall debate over Russia.”
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Let’s ask a question about that statement strictly from a journalistic perspective: Why does it matter if it will “have any impact on the overall debate”? Isn’t it news simply that it happened, regardless of whether you think anyone will be influenced by it?
For the sake of argument, let’s a Republican president really did collude with the Russians to win the election, and there is evidence of such, but a partisan congressional committee trying to protect the president issued a report claiming no such evidence exists. Isn’t that news? Wouldn’t that mean that members of Congress are now accomplices in the coverup of...
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