By elevating Trump’s ‘spying’ claims, reporters continue to mislead their readers

The media has learned absolutely nothing from 2016.

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NEW: The decision to aim a US gov’t investigator at a presidential campaign official shows the level of alarm inside the FBI during the ’16 election and gives ammunition to Trump who claims the FBI spied on his campaign. w/@adamgoldmanNYT @MarkMazzettiNYT https://t.co/13n4mqjJXT

— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) May 2, 2019

New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt has nearly 200,000 Twitter followers, but few will click through to the article underlying the tweet above, and fewer still will read it through. They will see only the tweeted both-sides comparison of an “alarmed” FBI paired equally with the notion that Trump has been given “ammunition” to charge that investigating potentially criminal conduct by members of his campaign amounted to “spying” on it.

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