This says more about American journalism than any thing else

White House misconduct. Sensational leaks. Battling broadsheets.

The swirling story around President Trump’s dealings with Russia is being compared in journalism circles to past blockbusters like Watergate and the Monica Lewinsky scandal — with a 21st-century twist.

News organizations like The Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN are jousting for scoops, but instead of sending clerks to grab the early editions from newsstands, editors watch the news unfold on Twitter in real time. Anonymous sources are driving bombshell stories, and leaks are springing from encrypted iPhone messaging apps rather than from meetings in underground parking garages.

The news cycle begins at sunrise, as groggy reporters hear the ping of a presidential tweet, and ends sometime in the overnight hours, as newspaper editors tear up planned front pages scrambled by the latest revelation from Washington. In consequence and velocity, the political developments of the past four weeks — has it been only four weeks? — are jogging memories of momentous journalistic times.

What we’ve actually got is the privileged snowflakes whining, bitterly. And not a lot more. There’s very little actual news here at all.

30 comments on “This says more about American journalism than any thing else

  1. Well, we have the CIA bugging US citizens and illegally leaking them to the media. You would think real news organisations would think there was a story there.

  2. “bombshell stories”

    GUISE SOMEBODY HAD A CONVERSATION WITH SOME ROOSKIES! ROOSKIES I SAY! GUISE? GUISE? WHERE U GOING GUISE?

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  3. “jogging memories of momentous journalistic times”

    Every single one of these trickle-down media whores fancies himself the next Woodward and/or Bernstein.

    The chasm between their self image and their lazy, Twitter-obsessed, reality is reminiscent of the div kid at school who thought seeing ENTER THE DRAGON made him an expert on Jap-slapping.

  4. Where were they when Hillary was selling off US uranium to the Russians who just happened to make large donations to the Clinton Foundation Canada? Or increasing arms sales to Qatar by over1200%? Or the IRS penalising teapartiers? Or the Obama administration running guns to Mexican cartels? Or Obama identifying Trayvon Martin as a son despite all the forensic evidence he was a dangerous thug?

  5. “That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”

  6. “News organizations like The Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN are jousting for scoops, but instead of sending clerks to grab the early editions from newsstands…”

    Wait. When did the editor’s of the Post and the Times send clerks to grab the early editions from newsstands? What’s at the newsstands other than the Post and the Times?

  7. The Inimitable Steve,

    Bob Woodward himself contradicts the ‘brought down Nixon’ narrative and explains they just reported what investigators were doing.

    As for Clinton, that was a blogger, wasn’t it? The MSM sat on that story.

  8. “Some Americans are reportedly planning to withhold their federal tax payments in protest of President Donald Trump’s policy agenda.”

    You can do that? Great!

  9. The Guardian’s leading on a DB investigation into Trump’s links with Russia. No links were found, but rather than spiking the story or, heaven forfend,writing ‘Deutsche Bank investigation clears Trump of Russia links’ the Graun’s going nuts about it. A load of innuendo and talk of ‘concerns’ that don’t exist outside the heads of libtards.

    There is also a background article. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/16/how-donald-trump-became-deutsche-bank-biggest-headache

    It has a fantastic nugget in it. In 2004 Trump borrowed $640m from DB to fund a project in Chicago. In 2008 he was due to pay them $40m, but refused. So they sued him. He counter-sued, arguing that the global financial crisis was a force majeure event, a “once-in-a-century credit tsunami” and therefore he was not obliged to pay either the sum immediately due or the total outstanding.

    Furthermore, he claimed that DB, being a major bank, was partly guilty of causing the GFC, and thus owed him compensation to the tune of $3bn. The affair was settled in 2010 and DB kept on lending to Trump.

    That’s fucking genius.

  10. My wife was once given a refund on a sales item “only to get you out of the store”. Not quite the same thing but I can see Trump doing this.

  11. The media is not covering itself in glory with repeated hollow headlines. eg the DB example above, the constant dribble of speculation about alleged Trump-Russia connections that never features any proof, or the Flynn stories that admit no contentious topics were actually discussed with the Russians.

    All we have so far is people who lie for a living passing unverified stories to the media. It’s hysteria.

  12. I did actually LOL at that. That really is genius. The art of the deal indeed.

    You have to be a moron not to want someone like that on your side.

    Even though they despise banks, the Left will still tut and stroke their beards in disapproval. Trump could cure cancer and they’d hug the nearest melanoma.

  13. They’d likely find some dodgy stats that indicate said cancer affects white people slightly more, therefore proving Trump is racist.

    (e.g. the New England Patriots’ Superbowl win was described as a victory for white supremacy. I check some stats [from 2014, to be fair] that showed black Patriots outnumbered whites by some margin.)

  14. Pre internet I had to make a 40 mile round trip into San Francisco to collect a copy of the Sunday Times to find out what was going on in the world, the American press was and is diabolical.

  15. I doubt that, actually. What we have here is the probability that a senior adviser broke the Logan act and investigations into that being stymied by the Republicans. Most else is noise, granted, but that’s only based on what we know so far.

    Let’s not forget that the most anyone ever proved against Hillary Clinton was the use of a private email server while in office – and Trump and his whole team are not only doing that, they’re using Signal. If using a private email server is grounds for Hillary not to be president, it’s grounds for Trump not to be. Same law for both.

  16. Probability? And you base that on precisely what evidence?

    And why did the unintelligent services not pursue official channels and instead leak to the whores of the stupid Press?

    Does it remind you of the fake dossiers on Iraq and Trump?

  17. “Some Americans are reportedly planning to withhold their federal tax payments in protest of President Donald Trump’s policy agenda.”

    Haven’t they learned anything? They encouraged Obama to undermine the constitution with his EOs and other shenanigans and then complain like fuck because Trump picked up the loaded and cocked gun that was left on the President’s desk.

    What do they think will happen with the next Dem President takes office? The Tea Party will have a field day.

  18. ” the most anyone ever proved against Hillary Clinton was the use of a private email server while in office”

    Which Bill stymied during his tarmac talk with Loretta Lynch.

    Which also conveniently omits any mention of the cash for influence corruption at the Clinton Foundation, something significantly more important.

  19. @Sc
    Flynn was part of Trump’s transition team, which pretty much operated under the auspices of the Obama administration. They could have revoked his standing there, but didn’t.

  20. @Sc

    If there was a breaking of the Logan Act (private citizen doing State work) then the Intelligence Community will need to explain why a private citizen was being recorded.

    “Let’s not forget that the most anyone ever proved against Hillary Clinton was the use of a private email server while in office”

    This is a joke, right?

  21. “Let’s not forget that the most anyone ever proved against Hillary Clinton was the use of a private email server while in office”

    ‘110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time’ – James Comey, FBI

    That Hillary is not in prison is an outrage.

  22. Well, we have the CIA bugging US citizens and illegally leaking them to the media.

    the Intelligence Community will need to explain why a private citizen was being recorded.

    Flynn had several conversations with a target of surveillance.There’s no evidence that Flynn was a target of surveillance.

  23. > What we’ve actually got is the privileged snowflakes whining

    Back in the day on 116th Street Prof Lowell-Harris used to lecture me about how this new fangled thing called a money market fund was going to disintermediate bank loans

    I guess disintermediation applies to news media now

  24. Good call, TonyC.

    The legacy press has thrived with an unrecognized association with government. Trump simply calls on someone else in press conferences. MSM huffs and puffs, “You can’t ignore us!” while Trump ignores them. And calls them names. A dynasty so easily toppled.

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