Everyday misleading journalism

So, in what is ostensibly a fairly negative article about Trump— his latest lashing out at Jeff Sessions– there’s still an incredibly-frustrating he said/she said bias that is so corrosive and so pervasive in modern political journalism.  To wit:

The two sides in recent weeks issued dueling memos on the topic. [emphases mine]

The first, from Republicans, said the FBI used information that was ultimately funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee to obtain the warrant on Page. It said that finding and others amounted to “a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process,” a reference to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The FBI disputed the accuracy of the Republicans’ statements, and Democrats fired back on Saturday with their own memo saying the bureau had been unfairly maligned.

Page has acknowledged that an FBI wiretap detected suspected Russian spies discussing their attempts to recruit him in 2013, and told congressional investigators that he was interviewed by the FBI and cooperated as they investigated the men, who were ultimately charged with acting as unregistered foreign agents. By the Democrats’ telling, the bureau told the court specific details of where its new information on Page came from.

No, not “by the Democrats’ telling” by actual reality!!  Damn this is such irresponsible journalism.  We’re left with some stupid “Democrats and Republicans disagree” take that leaves the average reader no better informed instead of the far more accurate, “here’s what’s real, and here’s who’s telling you the truth about it.”  There’s your damn media bias in action.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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