There is a determined disinformation campaign by the establishment press contending — in the face of admitted evidence to the contrary — that Barack Obama's FBI didn't spy on Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, appeared Thursday on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show to debunk that nonsense.
All three networks on Friday hyped the “bombshell,” “infamous” James Comey memos released overnight. ABC, CBS and NBC devoted 12 minutes and 12 seconds to the documents with each network claiming they “obtained” them. In contrast, the same outlets skimped on coverage of the Justice Department recommending charges against the fired-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
After news broke Thursday afternoon that the FBI Inspector General was recommending the Justice Department file criminal charges against the Bureau’s fired deputy director, Andrew McCabe, NBC Nightly News completely ignored the major development. On Friday, NBC’s Today show wasn’t much better, only managing nine seconds of coverage to the story, just a single sentence.
Princeton University professor and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude appeared to complain during Thursday’s Hardball that, along with new demands from Republican congressmen for documents from the Clinton e-mail investigation, the FBI Inspector General’s criminal referral concerning former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was part of an “assault” on Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s retirement went from bad to worse on Thursday as the Bureau’s Inspector General brought his case to federal prosecutors with a criminal referral. McCabe was fired in March after an IG investigation found he had lied to investigators about leaks to the press during the Clinton e-mail investigation. When it came to reporting the damning news that evening, NBC Nightly News ignored revelation all together while ABC and CBS gave it less time than his firing.
During Monday's edition of Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough argued that anyone who subscribed to the idea that Former FBI Director James Comey and Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe have an animus against President Trump should not handle “anything sharp because you will hurt yourself because you are too incompetent actually to use any basic household appliances.”
The press has clearly chosen to downplay the Inspector General's damning Friday report on the conduct leading to former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's dismissal. The worst such example was a grudging Saturday item at the Associated Press.
Revealing the network’s desperate desire to find a nefarious motivation behind the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, in reports for Wednesday’s World News Tonight and Thursday’s Good Morning America, ABC Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas suggested that the termination may have resulted from McCabe having opened and closed an investigation into Attorney General Jeff Sessions a year ago.
The Associated Press continues publishing "Fact Checks," which really are outlets for its unhinged, Donald Trump-obsessed reporters to vent against the President even more than they already do in their alleged hard-news stories. One of AP's more recent efforts went after Trump's Saturday tweets following Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's firing.
The liberal media were in such a rush to paint fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as the victim of a “vindictive” Trump administration that they got some basic facts wrong about the financial consequences of his termination. Journalists and pundits across many news networks falsely claimed that McCabe would “lose his pension” or have his “benefits stripped” as a result of being fired for misconduct.
On Monday, Deadline: White House absentee host Nicolle Wallace found a sufficiently emotive replacement in Peter Alexander, who managed to suggest within the first four minutes that President Trump’s tweets constituted obstruction of justice.
On her MSNBC show on Monday, anchor Andrea Mitchell conducted a softball interview with Democratic Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan on his plan to hire just-fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in order save the federal law enforcement official’s pension. As the segment came to a close, the liberal lawmaker credited Mitchell for giving him the idea.