Brainy Reporters Play Dumb on ‘Obamagate’


President Donald Trump has tweeted feverishly about “Obamagate,” which is loosely defined as everything the Obama-Biden team did using their executive branch powers to ruin Trump’s candidacy (and then presidency). The Trump-loathing press has responded with an unusual tactic. The self-appointed guardians of democracy who have auditioned themselves as America’s great explainers are playing dumb.

Yahoo News hosted a virtual town hall with Joe Biden on May 19. Dylan Stableford reported: “Biden was also asked about … the so-called Obamagate conspiracy, which revolves around a vague allegation that the former president illegally tried to sabotage the Trump campaign, or was involved in an effort to entrap Trump’s adviser Michael Flynn into lying to the FBI. Trump has referred to the invented scandal numerous times in recent weeks, although when a reporter asked him to specify what it was about he declined.”

Liberals call the Obama scandals “invented,” but the invention here is the entire Russian-collusion narrative. Newly released documents show Obama aides screamed “collusion” on cable TV but admitted to Congress they had no evidence. No wonder journalists who energetically pushed a false narrative are playing dumb now.

 

Biden said of Trump: "This is his pattern: diversion, diversion, diversion, diversion, diversion! Don't speak to whatever the issues before us are." Biden and his media enablers want the dominant story to be Trump's allegedly horrible coronavirus response. Don't look into the origins of the Russia probe.

These ersatz historians who love comparing every Republican scandal to Watergate can't seem to grasp with their brains how Obama might have been getting intelligence on former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contact with the Russians during the Trump transition, and supervising FBI attempts to entrap Flynn. This effort didn't sound "vague" when it was discovered that FBI "professionals" said bluntly that they went to the White House "to get him to lie" so they could "prosecute him or get him fired."

The May 15 episode of "Washington Week" on PBS displayed a cavalcade of confusion. CBS News White House reporter Weijia Jiang, who's attempting to rival Jim Acosta in needling the president with gotcha questions, complained: "(E)ven the president himself was not able to offer clarity about what crime was committed. I mean he's talking about people should go to jail. He has coined yet another phrase, Obamagate, to talk about this. And he hasn't talked about what he's talking about, and that doesn't matter sometimes."

Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire made it sound like the Obama years are back again, since he couldn't find an Obama scandal anywhere. "There's no real sense of a scandal here among most observers," he said. "Most observers" can be defined as the press pool that voted overwhelmingly for Obama -- twice. "Obamagate ... it's a nickname for a scandal that doesn't seem to have a there there," he said. "He hasn't elaborated on what it's about."

Then "Washington Week" host Robert Costa asked Abby Phillip of CNN how the Biden campaign is responding to these Obamagate messages. Phillip said the campaign has studied what went wrong with Hillary Clinton in 2016 and been "very aggressive" in undermining Trump's attempts to "rebrand" all the Trump investigations as an Obama-Biden scandal. "So they're really trying to put pressure on media organizations to not cover this incredulously and to really take a skeptical look at all of this," she said.

Programs like these suggest that Team Biden either is incredibly effective at pressuring reporters to be scandal deniers or never had to pressure them in the first place.

Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org.

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14 thoughts on “Brainy Reporters Play Dumb on ‘Obamagate’”

  1. A greater threat to the Republic than COVID-19 is those infected with TDS, for which there is no vaccine. RINO’s are not immune. Chris Wallace and Romney lead the infectees. Ann Coulter has been infected. The Dimwit Party is a criminal organization of which the Mafia must be envious. Those who run it and those who support it must be mentally retarded. Just how bad it is when Biden, Pelosi and Schumer are in charge. Wow. Seditionists all. Anti-American totally.

  2. To save our country the Press needs to be prosecuted. They are extremely cowardly people at this time in America. If they can be subjects of criminal cases where the hatred they generate through a lie causes a death they MUST be put into prison.

  3. So sick of hearing news anchors narrate there feelings instead of actual new facts
    To push democrats agendas

  4. So I guess it is OK for Trump to unleash the FBI, NSA, etc. on Biden now to monitor his campaign since no one thinks it is a big deal, right? Or would they try to impeach Trump for doing the very thing that they claim was no big deal? It is real easy to get FISA warrants apparently so go ahead, the path is clear that this is an OK approach if you are in the WHite House.

  5. MOST LIBERAL REPORTERS ARE DUMB AS A ROCK ONLY READ WHAT THEY ARE TOLD SHEEP OF THE NEWS NETWORK…WALLACE IS NO DIFFERENT HAS HIS HEAD UP THE LIBERALS A$$.

  6. HERE IS MY COMMENT, IF YOU VOTE DEMOCRAT YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO YOUR COUNTRY, YOUR FAMILY AND TO FUTURE GENERATIONS! WAKE UP AND SAVE OUR COUNTRY, LET’S GET THE DEEP STATE CLEANED OUT SO WE CAN HAVE A DECENT GOVERNMENT REPRESENTING US. THE GOVERNMENT AFFECTS ALL OUR LIVES AND THE WAY WE LIVE, THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT!

  7. Chris Wallace is not a responsible commentator, he is biased against Trump and should be fired

  8. Democrats don’t watch Fox News it’s mostly Republicans. So why don’t the Republicans that watch Fox News shut off those reporters and those shows that are democratic strongholds. That should take care of the viewership and send a note to the advertisers.
    Just turn them off….

    1. I for one do not watch Wacky Wallace and whenever I see Juan Williams (and sometimes Geraldo Rivera) I mute the tv. I also wish Ingram, Hannity, Judge Jeanne, Carlson and Guttsfield would refrain from giving air time to the former Schummer Democrat Dumb Chris. He is just awful and I can’t stand to hear him spout his lies and hate. He doesn’t belong on FOX in any capacity.

    2. Liberal viewers and Conservative viewers have one thing in common. They BOTH keep picking away at their respective political scabs that will NEVER heal!

  9. What makes you think they are playing. They knew what was going on
    and pretended it was not. I just call that pathetically DUMB. Do these
    imbeciles actually think the people are incapable to see right through their
    pathetic attempts at appearing to be innocently unaware? Our so-called
    media is a total joke.

    1. Indeed it is a joke. The media is so badly infected with TDS – an apparently incurable disease – that their minds are warped and incapable of rational thought. Having hollow-point Bullet Head as a guest on ANY FOX show is a horrible insult. But on the other hand it exposes the worst symptoms of the disease.

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