A cursory search of some of the top media outlets on Thursday shows that the MSM has less than zero interest in foreign election interference if it is aimed at Republicans and/or the Trump administration. President Trump has called China out for meddling in the 2018 midterms with advertisements disguised as editorials, covert influence operations, propaganda, and other forms of interference that remains classified at this time. The Washington Post has nothing on it. ABC News’s website has nothing on it. NBC News’s website? Nothing. The New York Times has a headline with the snarky subtitle: “The president offered no evidence of Chinese meddling.”
How about that.
These are the same news organizations that took it on nothing but faith and the word of Democrat leaders in 2016 when they were told that Russia was behind the DNC hacks, Russia was behind the WikiLeaks revelations, Russia was this, and Russia was that. It was months before the U.S. intelligence community confirmed that Moscow was behind the attacks and months after that before the public actually got a glimpse at any of the evidence. But we don’t recall a single NY Times story that started with, “President Obama offered no evidence of Russian meddling.” Do you? Does anyone?
At a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, President Trump accused China directly of sticking its nose in where it didn’t belong. “Regrettably,” he said, “we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration. They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade. And we are winning on trade. We are winning at every level. We don’t want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election.”
The media should be jumping through hoops to not only celebrate this forceful rejection of foreign interference but to investigate the charges thoroughly. After all, these are the same people that told us time and again that Russia had committed an “act of war” when they released the DNC emails. Many pundits have compared Putin’s scheme as the cyber-equivalent of 9/11.
But apparently it is only a tragedy of historic proportions when that interference results in damage to the Democratic Party. If it is aimed at the President of the United States, it’s fine. Not even newsworthy, really.
Not if he’s a Republican named Donald Trump.