Russian uranium deal
Beginning on October 17, The Hill broke new stories on the Clinton/Russia/Uranium scandal that deserved extensive coverage. And while Fox News Channel has thoroughly covered the breaking developments they’ve been, unfortunately, the exception and not the rule in TV news. From October 17 through November 2 The Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have devoted a piddly 4 minutes and 38 seconds to the new findings.
On her MSNBC show on Monday, anchor Andrea Mitchell brought two different Democratic lawmakers to brush aside serious questions about Hillary Clinton and the DNC funding the infamous Russian dossier against Donald Trump. The host even teed up a soundbite of Clinton herself mocking journalists who actually covered the story.
Over the past two weeks, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats had been under increased legal scrutiny following the revelations that the FBI had been monitoring Russian spies trying to influence the Uranium One deal, and that Clinton’s campaign and the Democrats had paid a firm to use foreign agents for opposition research. But according to CNN’s Brian Stelter, there really wasn’t any news there and it was all a part of a Fox News conspiracy to leave people confused about the facts.
On Saturday's AM Joy, Joy Reid hosted over a panel of five MSNBC Republicans to discuss the week's political news. True to form, allegedly right-leaning Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin was trashing conservatives as she derided Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie's campaign as "disgraceful" and complained that the "conservative media" are "spreading nonsense to the American people" on Hillary Clinton and Russian uranium interests.
Friday’s White House press briefing featured CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta making a scene, chiding White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for “trying to gin up your own investigation up on Capitol Hill” about the Clinton/Russian uranium deal and afterwards for “inappropriate political behavior” simply by talking about it.
After initially avoiding the Clinton/Russia/Uranium scandal for a week, on Friday, CNN finally started devoting significant coverage to the story – but only as a way of attacking Donald Trump. Every hour on the hour, the supposed news network slammed the President for encouraging the Justice Department to lift a gag order on an FBI informant who wanted to testify before Congress about the highly-questionable Obama administration action.
Some people are living in ultimate liberal denial: there’s no way their beloved Hillary could be mixed up in a Russian scandal.
The news reported on by the Hill last week, that Russian nuclear officials sent millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation during the Obama administration, has finally reached some outskirts of liberal Hollywood. Actress Patricia Arquette (Medium) tweeted on October 27 her belief that Clinton was in no way involved with Russia.
Friday morning the Clinton News Network was hard at work defending Hillary Clinton, following a tense interview with Kellyanne Conway about the underreported Russia-Uranium deal. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, political correspondent Dana Bash and anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota blasted Conway and the right for their supposed “double standard” on the White House’s involvement with Russia.
The Media Research Center’s Tim Graham made his latest appearance early Thursday evening on the Fox Business Network’s Risk and Reward, blasting the liberal media’s “arrogance on parade” in their double standards obsessing over the alleged Trump-Russia connections but not those pertaining to the Clintons.
The undercover FBI informant who has detailed evidence in the Clinton/Uranium/Russia scandal and who was gagged by the Obama administration, is now allowed to testify before Congress. This crucial development in the case comes on the heels of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley calling for a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal. But you wouldn’t know any of these facts if you got your news from the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks.
On Wednesday's New Day on CNN, during discussions of the push by congressional Republicans to investigate links between Hillary Clinton and Russia obtaining uranium during the Obama administration, CNN analysts repeatedly described the GOP effort as an attempt to have a "distraction" from President Donald Trump's problems.
Here’s one top takeaway from network news coverage in 2017: Sneaky Russian influence in American politics is a huge story if it involves Republicans/Donald Trump, but a non-story if it involves Democrats/Hillary Clinton. From January 20 through October 20, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts have aired 1,000 minutes of coverage of the Trump/Russia/collusion conspiracy theories; since The Hill broke details of a Clinton/Russia/Uranium scandal on October 17, those same broadcasts have generated only 20 seconds of coverage.