Column: John Durham, Almost the Media’s Invisible Man

It is impossible to claim that Trump-Russia collusion or the Mueller investigation was downplayed by the media. The opposite was true. It was a long and complex story.

Rich Noyes, of the Media Research Center, found that the Trump-Russia story was covered by the night news broadcasts on ABC, CBS and NBC from January 20th, 2017 to July 20th, 2019.

On February 12, the conservative media reported a “bombshell.” Well, the term “bombshell” is almost copyrighted as a journalism term for “Republican scandal deepener.”

Special counsel John Durham, tasked with investigating the origins of the FBI’s probe into Trump and Russia, reported a client for Hillary’s law firm Perkins Coie was monitoring internet traffic at Trump Tower, Trump’s Central Park West apartment building, and the Executive Office of the President. They wanted information to sell a “narrative” of Trump-Russia collusion

What is the coverage of ABC, CBS and NBC? None. Others networks and newspapers rebuffed it. Then, they stumbled in to pretend it didn’t mean anything.

From the beginning, liberal partisans like Rep. Adam Schiff have trashed Durham’s probe as “tainted” by Trump’s desires for an investigation. On ABC in 2019, Schiff denounced it as automatically “illegitimate” because “when you win an election, you don’t seek to just prosecute the losing side, but this is what Bill Barr is seeking to do.”

The winning candidate for the 2016 election was pursued by Schiff four times. Saying a probe is “tainted” by partisan desire displays an incredible lack of introspection.

While the networks spent more than 2,600-plus minutes on the Trump-Russia narrative, they’ve done next to nothing on Durham. Let’s review just how much coverage Durham has received from the Big Three networks since Attorney General Barr put him on the case in the spring of 2019.

ABC gave Durham’s probe nine mentions over the last two years and nine months. CBS had five. NBC was home to six.

Many were only brief mentions. They were from Republican panelists who appeared on ABC’s Sunday program. This Week. Two CBS Morning Shows were asked as Trump-hating FBI Employee Peter Strzok sold the liberal-hack book to two CBS morning programs. (Have Durham contacted me? No.)  No.

Durham is known as the Anti-Mueller. His findings are not considered newsworthy. Media treat him like a “tainted” news reporter. “Unclean! Unclean!” Durham’s team isn’t loaded with liberal Democrats who leak juicy details to other liberal Democrats in “objective” media.

The media used the Mueller probe to constantly paint a black cloud over Trump’s presidency, and present it in real time as perpetually doomed….even when it wasn’t. The walls were always “closing in,” because that was the song they couldn’t stop singing.

To the media elite, Durham’s probe is only useful to the “right-wing media wormhole.” Facts don’t come first. The truth isn’t more important than ever.

Just imagine if we changed the Justice Department dockets. Imagine what the “news” would sound like if we took all the enormous and incessant coverage of the DOJ prosecutions and Nancy Pelosi investigations of the January 6 riot and awarded that to the Durham probe? Did you forget to mention the January 6 investigations?

These facts about media coverage and non-coverage show how the media elite is today a Democratic machine. That’s why most Americans don’t trust the “news.” Like Hillary Clinton’s shady lawyers, they are all about creating a partisan narrative, not reporting events “without fear or favor” as they unfold.

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