Battered by bogus allegations that Russiagate coverage was botched simply because Trump won’t be indicted, many in the press seem to be scrambling to do their best to help the White House bury Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation. It’s arguably the most important government report compiled in the last 30 or 40 years. Yet it’s under lock and key, and much of the Washington press doesn’t seem to care.
It was bad enough when the media immediately opted to play along with Attorney General William Barr’s dubious, three-and-a-half page summary that he released last Sunday, pretending that the cherry-picked document was in any way a credible stand-in for the contents of sprawling, two-year investigation. But by having spent the entire week since then doing its best to prop up the Barr summary while raising virtually no collective demands about seeing the Mueller report itself, the press has played an absolutely central role in the unfolding cover-up.
ItÃ¢Â€Â™s absolutely astounding how much cover mainstream journalists have given right wing media and conservative pundits by just irresponsibly repeating BarrÃ¢Â€Â™s summary without anything approaching healthy skepticism.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 26, 2019
In a country facing unprecedented political polarization, there’s actually huge bipartisan agreement that the Mueller report needs to be made public. That’s a stunning development that received very little news coverage this week. One week after Mueller delivered his report to the Department of Justice, we’re just now finding how many pages it is!
Not surprisingly, Clinton administration alumni are expressing their shock at how the Beltway press corps, which spent most of the ’90s madly pursuing a Democratic president and the GOP-generated scandals around him, seems to have suddenly decided that cozying up to an administration under fire is the best option. “For a moment in 1998 I thought why don’t we get a political flunky to review the Starr report and release a 4 page letter exonerating the President, former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart tweeted facetiously. “Then I thought the press will never fall for that. What a moron I was.”
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