Establishment media on Tuesday panned Special Counsel John Durham’s court filings that alleged Hillary Clinton’s campaign associates spied on Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency.
After more than 48 hours since Durham’s court filing revelations were reported, the New York Times and Washington Post finally wrote articles on the subject, but they cast doubt on the filings’ significance. The outlets framed their articles around criticizing “right-leaning media” for “carefully” scrutinizing “off track” narratives that are “often based on a misleading presentation of the facts or outright misinformation.”
The Times headlined its Monday story, “Court Filing Started a Furor in Right-Wing Outlets, but Their Narrative Is Off Track,” and claimed the “alarmist” narrative highlights “the challenge for journalists in deciding what merits coverage”:
Upon close inspection, these narratives are often based on a misleading presentation of the facts or outright misinformation. They also tend to involve dense and obscure issues, so dissecting them requires asking readers to expend significant mental energy and time — raising the question of whether news outlets should even cover such claims. Yet Trump allies portray the news media as engaged in a cover-up if they don’t.
The Post published an “analysis” article Monday afternoon that claimed there is no evidence “Trump Tower was ‘wiretapped,’” and avoided making a clear connection between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her associates that allegedly spied on Trump:
There are legitimate questions about the effort to link Trump back to Russia using this data that was not only sketchy at the outset, but had also been debunked by the time the election was over. But there is no question that this is not proof that Trump Tower was “wiretapped.”
Lee Smith, author of “The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressmen Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History,” told FNC’s Tucker Carlson on Monday that special counsel John Durham will uncover a “huge national security scandal” at the bottom of the Trump-Russia collusion allegation.
LEE SMITH: It’s an enormous national security scandal. I hear people comparing it to Watergate, and it does not compare to Watergate at all. What we’re talking about when we talk about the executive office of the president, this is some of the most secure communications that we have in the United States.
And the fact that these were being tapped, the idea that these were under surveillance, we know certainly that the DNS systems (and it may be more data as well, we don’t know that yet). But the idea that the Oval Office and other important offices in the White House were under surveillance by political operatives is extraordinary. It’s shocking. And I’m talking to people who were investigating this on the Hill for several years, and they’re shocked.
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TUCKER CARLSON: Because I think you described it precisely right. It’s more than a political issue. It’s a national security story. And the irony here is Hillary Clinton shrieks about hacking servers and Russia spying on the DNC when people acting on her behalf are literally spying on the president of the United States in the White House. So, if she can do it, why can’t everyone do it honestly?
LEE SMITH: Well, yeah. I mean, this is an enormous issue, actually, because again, all we know so far is that they had access to this data.
Did bad foreign actors have access to this data as well? Did they know what was going on? Because again, this is a target of every intelligence service around the world and has been since there has been a White House.
So again, that’s extraordinary. And the idea that Hillary Clinton — that we’ve been living in the psyche of this deranged and depraved harridan for five years and now we see we understand and even more the scope and depravity of this operation. It’s terrible for the country.
If it’s evidence of Trump being “spied on,” as the former president has also claimed in recent days, it’s a very broad sort of spying — collecting all of the domain-name lookups from a physical location or a network — being conducted not by the Obama administration or by Hillary Clinton, but by an anti-Trump lawyer.
The New York Times and Washington Post are among the first establishment media outlets to report on the allegations against Hillary’s campaign associates, though the reporting came at least three days after the news first broke. CNN reported the court filings Tuesday morning.
MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and CBS news channels have ignored the recent revelations, according to Fox News.
After Breitbart News reported CBS News, ABC News, and NBC News had not reported on the political scandal 48 hours after the news broke, NBC finally reported on the investigation Monday night. CBS News and ABC News still remained silent, however, perhaps allowing the Post and the Times to create the establishment media’s narrative.
On Tuesday, Hillary refused to answer questions about one of the largest political scandals while arriving at her daughter’s apartment in New York City, the Daily Mail reported.