On Wednesday, the New York Times apparently got tired of quoting Democrats who “have questions” about Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress. They got tired of covering the House Judiciary Committee’s attempts to subpoena the full Mueller report. They were sick of all that. The tide of public opinion was turning against them. Worse, their own readership was threatening to go into revolt. Here they were, after two solid years of telling their readers that Robert Mueller was going to hand them Trump’s head on a silver platter, left with nothing but their own lies and bad reporting.
Well, that won’t do. That won’t do at all. And since you can’t dig your way out of your Bad Reporting ditch with Good Reporting – that would take way too long – you might as well go with what brought you to the dance to begin with.
So that’s how we end up with this awful piece of reporting entitled: “Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed.”
Oooh, ahh. Let the speculation begin.
Nicholas Fandos, Michael S. Schmidt, and Mark Mazzetti put their names to this abomination of a story, and it’s a good thing they did because none of their sources were willing to. Using “government officials and others familiar with their simmering tensions,” these so-called reporters weave a bland tale of dissension within the Mueller ranks.
Just read this paragraph to get everything you need out of the story: “The officials and others interviewed declined to flesh out why some of the special counsel’s investigators viewed their findings as potentially more damaging for the president than Mr. Barr explained, although the report is believed to examine Mr. Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation. It was unclear how much discussion Mr. Mueller and his investigators had with senior Justice Department officials about how their findings would be made public. It was also unclear how widespread the vexation is among the special counsel team, which included 19 lawyers, about 40 F.B.I. agents and other personnel.”
We don’t know who in Mueller’s office is unhappy. We don’t know why they are unhappy. We don’t know if they discussed their wishes with the Justice Department. We don’t know how many on Mueller’s team are displeased.
If The New York Times was anything more than a third-rate tabloid, they would have spiked this story, told these reporters to find employment at “Inside Edition,” and gotten back to work. Instead, they published this tripe on the front page, setting off a firestorm for the liberal blogosphere, which was just waiting for something – anything – that would assure them that IT’S NOT OVER YET. Whether Trump’s haters really believe they are being lied to or if they’re just addicted to the Russia drama at this point is anyone’s guess. Either way, it is the job of the Times and others to report the facts, not to simply give their junkies another fix of anonymous nonsense.
Every time the Fake News Media gets exposed, they double-down on the fakery. Dunno why we expected this time would be any different.