CNN’s primetime shows ignore Durham report, MSNBC denies it, Wa-Po ‘stands by’ Pulitzer story

Any remaining shreds of journalistic integrity appeared to go by the wayside with the release of Special Counsel John Durham’s final report as some in corporate media avoided the subject and others shamelessly doubled down.

For years, many in the public have known what the “fake news” has refused to admit regarding the Russian collusion hoax perpetrated against candidate and then President Donald Trump. Instead of acknowledging errors or even squirreling away a retraction somewhere within the folds of their paper, The Washington Post stood behind their Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting only further challenged by Monday’s over 300-page report.

“The Post stands by its reporting,” a spokeswoman for the outlet said, according to the Daily Mail. She went on to cite a 2022 review conducted by the Pulitzer board that had concluded, “no passages or headlines, contentions or assertions in any of the winning submissions were discredited by facts that emerged subsequent to the conferral of the prizes.”

That statement led Trump to slam the board stating at the time, “The Pulitzer Board has taken away any shred of credibility it had left with its ‘response’ regarding the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, which was awarded to The New. York Times and The Washington Post for blatant fake news.”

“Instead of acting with integrity and providing transparency, the Pulitzer Board is running cover for the biggest reporting failure in modern history: the fake Russia Russia Russia collusion hoax,” the president added before referring to the reporting as “parroted political disinformation…fabricated by foreign operatives and my political opponents.”

The Times did not respond to the Mail’s request for comment on “so-called ‘Russiagate’ reporting,” instead appearing to attempt to fly under the radar as CNN’s primetime lineup had.

Perhaps treating anchor Jake Tapper’s comments that “it might not have produced everything of what some Republicans hoped for … it is, regardless, devastating to the FBI, and to a degree it does exonerate Donald Trump,” as enough, there was no mention of the Durham report or its findings on “Anderson Cooper 360” or “Primetime” Monday.

Instead of discussing what Trump called, “THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!” Cooper began his broadcast with an update on the war in Ukraine before covering a break-in at National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s home, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Meanwhile, “Primetime” host Sara Snider talked about a shortened foreign trip for President Joe Biden along with having former Trump advisor turned Gov. Ron DeSantis endorser Steve Cortes on for an interview.

While CNN was among those who maintained the narrative of Russian collusion with Cooper himself saying in Jan. 2019, “Whatever is going on is something, perhaps benign, perhaps ill-judged, perhaps all within the president’s constitutional and legal authority — or maybe not. Just what kind of something it is, we don’t know. Two presidents do however: President Trump and Vladimir Putin,” MSNBC had managed to even cross a line for The Washington Post.

As reported in Dec. 2019, Post media columnist Eric Wemple had taken MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to task for her coverage of the Steele dossier, which Durham had investigated, and said, “As part of her Russianist phase, Maddow became a clearinghouse for news increments regarding the dossier.”

“When small bits of news arose in favor of the dossier, the franchise MSNBC host pumped air into them,” he wrote. “At least some of her many fans surely came away from her broadcasts think the dossier was a serious piece of investigative research, not the flimflam, quick-twitch game of telephone outlined…”

On one occasion in March 2017, Maddow claimed, “The bottom line allegation of this unproven dossier is that Russia didn’t just attack our election, they did so with the knowledge of and support of the Trump campaign, that the Trump folks were in on it, that they knew what Russia was doing while they were doing it and they continued meeting with Russians.”


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