So, shock is probably the wrong word for us to use.
I’m not shocked that the media got another Trump administration story wrong, and i’m sure you’re not shocked either.
What will shock me is if the media uses the situation to reevaluate the way they’ve been reporting on the Trump administration. Maybe they should step back and reconsider the way they’ve been handling their investigations and the way they’ve been covering the President. I doubt this will happen, but a man can hope.
The latest evidence that the media is moving to quickly to condemn the Trump administration based on scant evidence and whispered rumors has to do with the most recent attacks on Jared Kushner. The President’s son-in-law was condemned in the media last week after stories broke arguing that he had sought to develop secret back channels with Russia in the days following his father-in-law’s election victory.
First, let’s just state for the record that there is nothing wrong with what Kushner is accused of doing. Every President has done the same. On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel reminded NBC that candidate Obama did the same thing with Iran, BEFORE winning the 2008 election. The point is that back channel’s are an accepted and important way to conduct business, particularly with antagonistic relationships. Why? Because the back channel allows for both sides to take a less aggressive posture because they both know that the world is not watching these private communications.
All of that being said, it appears that the Washington Post, who originally reported the Kushner story, got it all wrong and that Kushner never did what they accused him of doing.
A December meeting between Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of the senior advisers in the Trump administration, and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at Trump Tower focused on Syria, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News Monday.
During the meeting the Russians broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News. That follows a recent report from The Washington Post alleging that Kushner wanted to develop a secure, private line with Russia.
The idea of a permanent back channel was never discussed, according to the source. Instead, only a one-off for a call about Syria was raised in the conversation.
So, the WaPo gets another one wrong. Shocked? Probably not.
In today’s polarized world you simply cannot take the media at their word. Every story has to be weighed and balanced and you must consider the reports with an eye to the possibility that each story may be wrong. That’s where we are today. It’s the reason that conservative media has become so powerful, and it’s the reason that the liberal media wants to shut us up. Before conservative media, the liberal media would have been able to get away with their lies, now they have us holding them accountable… and they hate us for it.
Remember folks, the REAL “fake news” is the mainstream media outlets who mislead you every day. The Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC… they all pretend to be fair, unbiased arbiters or the news, but the truth is that they all have an agenda. And that agenda leans far to the left.