Overnight a mass media hysteria developed over Jeff Session’s answer to questions regarding contacts with Russians.

As detailed in this NBC News report and elsewhere, Sessions was responding to questions regarding contacts in his role as a Trump surrogate:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied meeting with Russian officials during the course of the presidential election to discuss the Trump campaign, he told NBC News in exclusive remarks early Thursday.

“I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign,” he said, “and those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false. And I don’t have anything else to say about that.” …

Sessions’ spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday night that he had met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before the presidential election last year in his capacity as a then-senator — raising questions about whether he misled fellow senators during his attorney general confirmation hearing in January.

[Spokeswoman] Flores said “there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer” because Sessions was asked about “communications between Russia and the Trump campaign” and not about meetings he took as a senator with the Armed Services Committee.

Note that during 2016, Sen. Sessions met with more than 25 foreign ambassadors. Nonetheless, this is the media firestorm of the week.

Tom Friedman’s frothing hyperventilation on CNN this morning epitomizes the Dem/MSM hysteria:

  • “A lot of evidence” that Jeff Sessions “perjured himself.”
  • The failure of more Republicans to be up in arms about the matter “one of the most shameful things I have seen in almost 30 years being in Washington, DC.”
  • In a nifty bit of saying something by claiming not to say it, in describing the seriousness of the matter, Friedman mentions 9/11 and Pearl Harbor while claiming not to compare them, at least in terms of “lives lost.”

THOMAS FRIEDMAN: I think those who have suggested that Jeff Sessions perjured himself in his testimony have a lot of evidence for that.

. . .

ALISYN CAMEROTA: Why, do you think, aren’t more Republicans up in arms about this?

FRIEDMAN: Ali, I think it is one of the most shameful things I’ve seen in almost 30 years being in Washington, DC.

. . .

On 9/11, we lost 3,000 of our brothers and sisters. At Pearl Harbor, we lost thousands of people. These were huge events. I don’t compare it in terms of lives lost. But in terms of import, this was a direct assault on the very thing that makes us unique as a nation: the fact that we rotate power legally, freely, okay, and we don’t challenge that.

And the fact that the Russians attacked this, that for less than the price of a MiG-29, for less than the price of a MiG-29, Vladimir Putin intervened in our election and helped to create, helped to elect a chaos candidate, which is exactly what Putin wants, because he is out to destroy the West. The fact that the Republican party is sitting there on its hands, not responding to this, looking the other way, and looking for excuses for it, is one of the most shameful national security cases I have ever seen in Washington, DC.