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Turley: Media Ignoring Durham Findings Only Because They ‘Refute Years of Prior Coverage’

Turley: Media Ignoring Durham Findings Only Because They ‘Refute Years of Prior Coverage’

“There is no way to cover this story without many admitting that it facilitated a false narrative created by the Clinton campaign”

You may have noticed that the only time the media pays attention to the latest findings of the Durham investigation is to downplay their importance.

There’s a good reason for this.

The media is deeply invested in an opposing narrative. To acknowledge Durham, they would have to reexamine their coverage of Trump from the last four years, and none of them want to do that.

Professor Jonathan Turley breaks it down:

Media Vapors: How Special Counsel John Durham Has Triggered a Media Meltdown

Pediatricians call it “breath-holding spells.” It was when children hold their breath when upset until they experience syncope, or passing out. The media in Washington appears close to a collective faint over the recent filings of Special Counsel John Durham. While the media has largely buried or downplayed the disclosures by Durham on the origins of the Russian conspiracy claims, Durham keeps adding new details implicating top Democratic figures in what he describes as an ongoing investigation. You can only hold your breath so long and Durham shows no signs that he is done by a long shot.

The latest disclosures by Durham are difficult for many in the media to cover because they directly refute years of prior coverage. Many in the media lampooned Donald Trump for claiming that the FBI and the Clinton campaign spied on Trump Tower and his campaign. Yet, we later learned that the FBI did spy on the campaign. In 2020, the media largely ignored that finding

There is no way to cover this story without many admitting that it facilitated a false narrative created by the Clinton campaign, including attacking those who suggested that the Clinton campaign would ever engage in such disreputable conduct.

A similar point was made by Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist, during an appearance on FOX News:

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: You had unsubstantiated sources who were making anonymously based claims that would lead the news for weeks at a time. But when you have an actual indictment, an actual court filing with proof and evidence of how bad this scandal is, the corrupt media are curiously silent, and they’re silent because they’re complicit.

They were part of this hoax. They were part of the refusal to accept the 2016 election results, to refuse to accept who the Republican nominee was, and they caused so much damage. And they continue to cause damage to the country by that refusal to deal with the reality that people had elected Donald Trump.

Watch the video below:

Hemingway is obviously correct when she suggests that the media was part of it, not that they would ever admit it.


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I used to wonder about this day of reckoning; then I gave up.

The Democrats Propaganda Ministry is a powerful weapon.
I hope this doesn’t end until it’s all out there in the open.

He’s partly right and partly wrong about this. I used to work at a newspaper. One thing I saw was that a huge proportion of editorial decisions were made on the basis of the narrative and the narrative came from the New York Times and, to a lesser extent, CNN.

In other words, the “media” in general isn’t burying the story, they’re just doing what their leaders at the Times do. If the Times changes, the rest will too.

Remember, liberals are herd animals. They prefer to have someone else do their thinking for them.

    r2468 in reply to irv. | February 20, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    The news people are responsible for what they tell the public. Their reputation is sinking. They are misleading the public and they can’t blame someone else for this.

I don’t think anyone is foolish enough to believe that people at the top will ever be punished. But I do hope that some heads between Sussman and Clinton will roll. Even if they manage to get out of it, they will at least need to hire legal counsel.

One can only hope that Hillary’s recent rants that everything is a bunch of lies and conspiracies would tend to enflame Durham and make him more determined to save his reputation. I can dream can’t I?

I’m ignoring Durham’s findings as well until ANYBODY spends 1 second in court or jail over them.

This is fatass Barr and his bullshit again, where he straight up lied that he was waiting until ‘after the election’ to release his stuff. Then, of course, he had nothing and did nothing.

I am so sick of this crap.

Antifundamentalist | February 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One of the big narratives of the Left right now is that “disinformation” must be silenced “for the public good.” As more information comes to light with tims, it is undeniable that the MSM, in tandem with the Dems, spread huge amounts of Disinformation throughout Trump’s presidency and the pandemic. Its also clear that much of it was done with forethought and malice. But their own rhetoric, they must cancel themselves. But since they wont, they downplay, ignore, and continue doing exactly what they accuse their political opponents of doing.

It’s not just the media, but extends throughout the Blue Kingdom. Imagine what it tells you about yourself to acknowledge how wrong you have been, how much you have been duped, over and over. Maybe easier to go down with the ship than to look in the mirror and face reality.

Democracy dies in the press room.

Karma is a bitch, but when she comes for you, may there be no mercy.

    Peabody in reply to navyvet. | February 21, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    It’s a quirk of history that, when you least expect it, something you thought you got away with will rare up and bite you in the ass.

    Peabody in reply to navyvet. | February 21, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    I think it was Mr Wilson who famously said, “You have to expect the unexpected,” just as a flaming marsmallow hit him in the face.

The Durham probe has yielded enough information to show how many d/prog ‘truths’ which the legacy media championed for half a decade and which became an integral part of d/prog orthodox thinking are in fact false. The d/prog can’t separate these truths from the substantial emotional and psychological investment they made when they accepted them without being damaged. Unless they are ready to experience their own red pill moment and precious few of them are truly ready.

The reason these kinds of gambits are sometimes successful is that they rely on a displacement in time between committing the offenses, and the reckoning that may (or may not) eventually come.

If the reckoning does eventually come, there is a decent chance that the political landscape is a different one, or that the media’s invisible hand can groom the landscape such that the evolving reckoning will attract little attention, and pass by with minimal public interest.

Trial by Public Opinion is a real thing – and these protected offenders have been enjoying a culture of Free Passes and Priority-in-Lines for the past 50 years. It won’t change until the culture does.

If I were a lawyer, I’d be seriously considering a class action lawsuit against the MSM on behalf of maybe about 50-75 million plaintiffs for, among other things, pain and suffering and perhaps intentionally misleading slander: how many Biden voters wish they had made different choices a year and a half ago?

When it costs more to defend lawsuits and pay settlements—or verdicts—than they get from “outrage sells,” they’ll stop with the BS. The system the MSM exploits has essentially no negative feedback in it to regulate their actions/editorial policies. When it does, they will change; until then, not so much.

The 100+ sealed indictments coming down soon are going to make a lot of money for thousands of lib’s cardiologists. Now approaching 150