Bozell & Graham Column: Robert Mueller's Valentine Writers

A cascade of embarrassing details have poured out over the last few weeks on how special counsel Robert Mueller’s staff is a gang of Democratic partisans with a rooting interest in Hillary Clinton in 2016. Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman even attended the doomed election–night Clinton “victory party” in New York. 

Those news items are pouring out from every direction except the “news” media.

The network anchors can barely mention that senior FBI agent Peter Strzok was removed from Mueller's team months ago for exchanging anti-Trump, pro-Hillary text messages with his mistress, another FBI official. Or that Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr met with ex-British spy Christopher Steele and the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS, which assembled a “dossier” of unverified dirt on Trump. They’re not outraged that Mueller and Justice Department officials have kept these facts from Congress. Mueller is stonewalling Congress; the media are stonewalling the public. 

It’s apparently distasteful to report that among 15 publicly identified Mueller lawyers, nine are Democratic donors—including several contributors to Hillary’s 2016 campaign. Jeannie Rhee donated to Clinton and to Obama, and defended the Clinton Foundation against a racketeering lawsuit. Rhee even represented Mrs. Clinton personally to prevent release of her emails. Aaron Zebley represented Justin Cooper, the Clinton aide who helped set up her private e-mail server, and destroyed several of her mobile devices to obstruct investigations.

This information isn’t disturbing to the “objective” media. Reporting it is. CNN host Don Lemon found it “shocking” to describe  the “huge rise in anti-Mueller and FBI rhetoric from right-wing media recently.” This is how CNN greets facts it doesn’t like: they are merely “rhetoric” from ideologues. They run against The Narrative. 

To see how The Narrative is concocted, see Time magazine’s gushing tribute to Mueller in their Person of the Year issue – as if a June cover story titled “The Lie Detector” wasn’t enough. This time he’s called “The Enforcer....A prosecutor known for rigor and rectitude goes after the president’s men.”      

Time’s Massimo Calabresi gushed that “the special counsel has held the country in his thrall” with “rare bipartisan support and a teram a veteran cops and prosecutors.” Why, “There is barely a handful of people in all of America with the reputation and experience to take on the task of untangling a multipronged Russian influence operation.”  Mueller is snidely juxtaposed against “the arrival in our nation’s capital of a roguish figure elected on the exhilarating notion that rules are to be flouted.”

This is how Democratic hacks write copy. Somehow, the Clintons have never been roguish figures who demonstrated that all the rules in their way would be ignored. 

Time says criticism of Mueller’s partisanship and stonewalling “has hurt the President more than the prosecutor. Mueller is a lifelong registered Republican.” There was no mention in their ridiculous puff piece of any Democratic partisanship on Mueller’s staff. Nothing. 

For contrast, recall Time’s “Men of the Year” coverage at the end of 1998. Back then, anti-Kenneth Starr commentary wasn’t “shocking.” It was mandatory.

Time insisted Starr had engaged in a “witch hunt” and “disastrously” included stark sexual details in the Starr Report. The magazine responded to Clinton’s impeachment with moral equivalence. “The more Starr pushed, the more Clinton stalled. And in the end, each drove the other to a kind of madness.” Time concluded “like Bill Clinton, he still dreams of being found not guilty.”

But Time now insists Mueller is “the personification of the idea that the rule of law remains paramount.” There’s a reason these “news” magazines have crumbled. They are only trustworthy if what you want to read is a DNC talking-points memo. 


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