Daniel Halliday
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Has there been a mishandling of the Russiagate controversy in the media?

Russiagate has been the main news story that has dominated the American press during the vast majority of Donald Trump’s presidency so far. However following a prolonged investigation by Robert Mueller it has become clear that Trump did not collude with Russians to interfere in the 2016 Presidential election, although the outcomes of this heavily censored report are still on going there is now some pushback against how aggressively accusations of collusion have been pushed in these last few years. Following multiple debunks, retractions and apologies made by media organisations such as MSNBC and CNN, is it time to consider that the media have mishandled their coverage of the allegations of Trump-Russian collusion? If so what effect has this had and what could be the reason for this false narrative? If the media haven’t mishandled this story however, why have there been so many contradictory claims, false stories, and apologetic retractions recently?
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Yes, the media’s in bed with the intelligence community
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Yes, following ratings more than events
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No, confusion in the media stemmed from government
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Yes, media reports mirrored the partisan nature of U.S. politics
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Yes, the media’s in bed with the intelligence community

The use of intelligence operatives as media sources, without questioning truth or their inherent bias, demonstrates a clear lack on integrity, journalistic standards, while the fact that such news was spread verbatim all over mainstream media reveals deep structural problems within news media. In 2017 disgraced former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, was hired by CNN as their national security analyst, and despite Clapper stating in January 2017 that were was no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, he leaked the Steele dossier to CNN, one of the pieces of ‘evidence’ that the whole Russiagate investigation became based upon. The steel dossier was later found to be a false allegation based on drunken-hearsay compiled by an ex-British intelligence officer, and the picking apart of played a large role in the unravelling of the Russiagate narrative. However it took the media years to recognise this, with collusion becoming the media reality regardless of its actual reality, this toxic relationship between the mainstream news media and intelligence operatives has left many to speculate that it helps exalt Trump and any outlandish claims he makes and will probably aid in his re-election in 2020.

rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/why-the-russia-story-is-a-minefield-for-democrats-and-the-media-126505 truepundit.com/cnn-msnbc-hiring-of-suspected-leakers-clapper-brennan-raises-national-security-threats thenation.com/article/russiagate-or-intelgate thenation.com/article/the-real-costs-of-russiagate zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-05/all-russiagate-roads-lead-london-evidence-emerges-mifsuds-links-uk-intelligence sputniknews.com/analysis/201805031064103965-tapper-clapper-trump-dossier-leak

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Yes, and it vindicated Trump

Before Trump the accusation of fake news was a fringe term, but the fake news actually pushed as part of Russiagate helped to vindicate Trump and his seemingly outlandish claims of fake news. For the first two years of Trump's presidency Russiagate completely dominated the news, but stories always collapsed under scrutiny, while there was no mention of policy allowing Trump’s policy to largely go under the radar, especially the measures he took to really hurt the Russian government. Crippling sanctions where put into place against the Russian government under Trump, pushing the Russian economy into a slump and making collusion even more dubious. But no reporter was ever held to account over these fake stories, instead reporters were awarded, while $25 million taxpayer dollars were spent on a meaningless investigation, not to mention the amount of wasted air time that should have been used to dissect Trump’s damaging policies. The media has done the American people a disservice.

thegrayzone.com/2019/05/07/gabor-mate-russiagate-interview-transcript youtube.com/watch?v=GphLwhdp8Us

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Yes, following ratings more than events

So many people were disgusted at Donald Trump taking office in the White House in 2016 that they were happy to absorb any narrative that gave hope of Trump being removed from office. On the other side of this was a changing media business model that saw companies place ratings and profits over facts and events as they struggled to adapt to losing their audience to social media. This also led to the Democratic Party adopting a head in the sand approach to reforming the party in light of their previous loss, instead becoming absorbed in the mainstream media narrative also. Issues that mattered to democratic voters then took a back seat as more time was dedicated to Russiagate by democrats and in the media, and the democrats look set to repeat history in 2020, as infighting and smears of left wing democratic candidates make it look like history is set to repeat itself. The media continue to push rating boosting sensationalist agendas over factual news coverage.

forbes.com/sites/thomasbasile/2016/12/12/the-real-fake-news-is-the-mainstream-media/#461771626138 activistpost.com/2016/04/death-of-mainstream-media-6-percent-trust.html theburningplatform.com/2019/06/05/mainstream-media-ratings-plummet-amidst-major-credibility-crisis fort-russ.com/2019/03/video-americas-shame-russiagate-hoax-and-mainstream-media-lies

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So many people were disgusted at Donald Trump taking office in the White House in 2016 that they were happy to absorb any narrative that gave hope of Trump being removed from office. On the other side of this was a changing media business model that saw companies place ratings and profits over facts and events as they struggled to adapt to losing their audience to social media. This also led to the Democratic Party adopting a head in the sand approach to reforming the party in light of their previous loss, instead becoming absorbed in the mainstream media narrative also. Issues that mattered to democratic voters then took a back seat as more time was dedicated to Russiagate by democrats and in the media, and the democrats look set to repeat history in 2020, as infighting and smears of left wing democratic candidates make it look like history is set to repeat itself. The media continue to push rating boosting sensationalist agendas over factual news coverage.

No, confusion in the media stemmed from government

The confusion seen in media reporting over the Russiagate scandal compared with the eventual findings of the Mueller report, stems from the government’s own mishandling of the investigation. In retrospect the US government were mislead and misinformed at many stages of the Robert Mueller’s investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections, the media have simply portrayed the Russiagate scandal as it happened any misinformation stems from the government and the close relationship the media maintain with government insiders. In fact, most of the errors and assumptions made during Russiagate were based on false intelligence, with even Robert Mueller and William Barr giving completely opposing explanations for not charging Trump with obstruction toward the end of the Mueller investigation.

zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-05/all-russiagate-roads-lead-london-evidence-emerges-mifsuds-links-uk-intelligence thenation.com/article/mueller-report-obstruction-trump youtube.com/watch?v=6sIZ7o_sms0

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Yes, media reports mirrored the partisan nature of U.S. politics

The fervent accusations made against Trump in the American media were just a result of media being too closely aligned to the partisan nature of US politics. Instead of putting the checks and balances in place as is common in journalism to just report on the facts and to try and determine the truth, many American news organisation simply towed party lines in their reporting of Russiagate, as has become common in American journalism. This was in turn more widely distributed in an era of a changing media business model, where more media organisations are unable to afford to fund immersive investigative journalism, instead compiling articles from other trusted journalistic sources in articles. If the shoe were on the other foot, and Trump was a democratic president, we would see the same nature of reporting in other organisations, with republican news companies weaponising journalism to try and undermine the president at any opportunity. America needs more non-partisan fact based journalism.

washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/28/stephanie-grisham-blasts-cnn-so-biased-dishonest inhomelandsecurity.com/media-turned-partisan

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Jan 24
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Yes, the lack of journalistic integrity

The coverage of the Mueller report and the wider scandal of ‘Russiagate’ by some of the major news organisations in the U.S. has been disgracefully mishandled to the point of many commentators increasingly looking like crazed conspiracy theorists rather than news broadcasters. This failure to keep a grip on the reality of the story has not just been embarrassing to the news pundits that have peddled these stories but is clear evidence of the degradation of media integrity in mainstream news media. This lack of integrity is best exemplified by, no stranger to controversy, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell who was so far from the truth in some of his recent reporting on Trump-Russian collusion that he was threatened by the U.S. government with legal action unless there was an apology and a retraction of what he had said. This lack of journalistic integrity has led to massive drops in ratings for the news corporations whose broadcasts have become conspiracy theory masquerading as news.

youtube.com/watch?v=1dyOxBvBA58 dailycaller.com/2019/04/09/msnbc-cnn-rachel-maddow-ratings-drop-april

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