When Russiagate Conveniently Vanishes

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was at the red-hot center of the Robert Mueller probe into the phantom menace of Donald Trump’s collusion with the Russians. He testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3.
You may not know that happened. ABC, CBS and NBC ignored it that night. PBS gave the story 55 seconds. NPR gave it 4 minutes, but those minutes sounded bizarre.

Anchor Mary Louise Kelly said: “May I start with an observation? Does this seem a little out of left field? With everything going on in the country right now, senators are focused today on the Russia investigation?”

Reporter Philip Ewing replied, “The short answer for that is, politics.”

The ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts devoted 2,202 minutes of coverage to the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory from Jan. 21, 2017, to Feb. 10, 2019. When the Senate Intelligence Committee announced on Feb. 12, 2019, that there was no collusion? There was zero coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC.

The short answer for that? Politics.


These networks, alongside the "prestige" print press, CNN and MSNBC, obsessed about Russian-collusion claims 24/7 for more than two years. It was never "out of left field." It was the fiercely beating heart of the "news" product. The media repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of President Trump's election and even welcomed bald-faced lies about Trump being a Russian agent. "Bombshell" after "bombshell" led to claims that collusion was going to end Trump's presidency early. Now the papers bury the story on the inside pages.

Under questioning from senators, Rosenstein claimed he was not well-informed at all about everything the FBI -- under his direct supervision -- was doing to railroad Team Trump. Sen. Ted Cruz asked him if he knew that the primary source behind the Steele dossier disavowed it as rumors and hearsay. He said no. Did he know the Steele dossier was funded through the Democratic National Committee? No. But that partisan pile of hearsay was used repeatedly to authorize spying on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Cruz claimed what the Obama-Biden team did to undermine the Trump campaign, the Trump transition team and the Trump administration made Watergate pale by comparison. This would explain why the partisan networks skipped over this. They have labored to ensure that Trump -- just like George W. Bush before him -- was designated as the "worse than Watergate" president.

When Sen. Lindsey Graham asked if Rosenstein would agree in retrospect that, by August 2017, there was ultimately "no there there" to support the "concept that the campaign was colluding with the Russians," Rosenstein responded, "I agree with that general statement." But no one in that department, and no one in the press, backed down and stopped pushing a false collusion narrative.

The crowning audacity after the Rosenstein hearing came from MSNBC star Rachel Maddow, the Collusion Queen and Duchess of the Dossier. Without uttering the words "dossier" or "Rosenstein," she complained that 53 new subpoenas would be issued to investigate the origins of this get-Trump conspiracy. With a megaton of chutzpah, she lamented this is designed to "create an air of criminality around Vice President Biden and the whole Obama administration in time for the election in November."

A politicized "air of criminality" still wafts over the Trump administration, thanks to the "objective" media. But they offer no apologies, no retractions, no admissions of fault on the overall Russia mess. Their drumbeat of collusion "news" turned out to be ... "fake news."

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

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28 thoughts on “When Russiagate Conveniently Vanishes”

  1. The democRATS & the media still promote Russiagate as the truth !!! Even after clear evidence has come out against it !!! It was a set-up by the democRATS to discredit the Trump Presidency & his administration !!! From day one they have pushed the HOAX on the American people with the Media re-enforcing the BS !!! Impeachment was on there minds before President Trump took office & have stop !!! Now they have a very FLAWED candidate with a history of 40 plus years in public life , influence peddling dealings to enrich his family members , a history of inappropriate advances with women & children , a complaint of sexual assault, then there are the Ukraine & China deals of son Hunter which is currently under investigation in Ukraine not much said about it lately . Then there is the man that wants to be President hidden in his basement for 3 plus months , Coronavirus concern only coming out to cheap shot the President !!! No original thoughts of his own on the future of this country, just political BS his handlers give him . WE have him supporting rioters, looters etc with bailout money back to the street to continue unlawful acts. He loses support of the Police unions & then comes out & says he is against defunding them but wants reforms . All political!!! President Trump is not perfect , he has done a good job as President & deserves another term !!!

  2. Our illustrious MSM is the prime mover for what is happening in America. Their plan of continued misquoting, twisting of facts and words and downright lying with no worry of retribution definitely makes them an enemy of the people.

  3. Tim Graham is a partisan, not an objective reporter. It is obvious that the Lindsey Graham-led Senate Judiciary Committee is dead set on doing Trump’s biding of rewriting history by tarnishing the Mueller Report. They, along with Bill Barr are using this faux investigation to help Trump get ready-elected.

    1. It would appear Jerry that you are a non-partisan American that believes all the lies of the false news media therefore your words like the media you believe are not worth the paper they are written on and you are also obviously and uneducated idiotic idiot.

  4. From the picture it’s hard to tell which one is the Communist and which one is the Socialist!

  5. The prescribed response to an attack on alinsky socialists is to redouble attacks against the target from all directions, meanwhile denigrate the exposure of the actual crimes and conspiracies that the alinskites have been engaged in.

  6. A lawyer who intentionally “throws” a case, does harm to a client, or does something illegal, gets disbarred. A physician who intentionally does something harmful, loses his license. A bad policeman gets fired, and could even be imprisoned. A banker who embezzles goes to jail. A priest gets defrocked. Virtually everybody in every profession, if they intentionally do wrong, PAYS FOR IT. Except the alleged journalists, and other members of the media. The worst that can happen to them is they go to another media sewer. Shouldn’t there be a penalty for what some of these liars do? When do those semi- ans full- criminals, feeding untruths to the believing public, get theirs?

    1. The FCC polices and fines the use of foul language… Yet intentionally misleading or blatant lying and obscuring the truth is protected speech? I think there should be a distinction between opinion and news coverage. False reporting needs to carry more than a social penalty. Appropriate fines could ensure more careful reporting.

  7. This article states the truth of one sided reporting in the media! Its hard to watch TV or look at the news on the internet because its all one sided! Conservative American better wake up and stand together before its too late!
    The truth and history doesn’t matter anymore! Socialism is here and it maybe too late!!!

  8. Russia really did interfere in the US 2016 presidential election, and it really did do it ON BEHALF OF DONALD J. TRUMP. And it really did do it after Donald J. Trump said ”Russia, if you are listening, I hope you…” And then he said he hoped that Russia would hack into Hillary’s e-mail server. (And later he said that it was a joke.)

    THAT should have been investigated, and it was, and it was investigated FOR GOOD reason.








    BTW: Remember when Trump suggested holding the G7 Summit Conference at his own resort?

  9. Tim, Thanks for your courage to communicate your accurate observations. It takes courage to go up against the self appointed experts who hide behind their masks of indignant self righteousness. Many are now so arrogantly secure in their ignorance that their self avowed open minds are hermetically sealed tight shut. I recognize that humility is the root of all knowledge and wisdom — or as stated in the movie Avatar “It is difficult to put something into a cup that is already full.” Facts don’t seem to matter.
    My greatest fear is one that I hesitate to verbalize. I see the conscious, consistent and accelerating destruction of trust. Both from without and foolishly from within. If we loose faith in the results of our electoral process, as has already been incited, the societal breakdown that can occur will be like nothing our modern world has seen. Our hard won liberty truly stands on a knife’s edge in the culmination of the perfect storm of recent events. Yes, we must converse with our neighbors and attempt to enlighten our children but I fear that may be too little – too late. The powers at work here are greater than the media, or communism or simple greed. Our blind passions far out weigh our mutual compassion. Pray for your country. Pray for its leaders. Like him or not, please pray for our president. Pray for the wisdom to know what’s right, the courage to do it and the health, strength, and stamina to persevere. (MHH)


  11. Nope. I still think the story that Pelosi and Schiff are the same person is the most believable one.

  12. This will continue UNTIL, the “players” are charged and put in jail. And to think, they won’t even go after Obama and Biden. All the fall guys and girls will be beneath them. Unreal. If no one does any jail time, this Country is LOST !!!! A dual justice system!!!
    I can only hope and pray heads will roll, otherwise, it will continue !!!!!

  13. We as voters can keep President Trump in office. When you are speaking with others you should without pushing them away tell them the truth. Most Democrats are very loyal to the news agencies that spread the false news/facts about Trump. Let them know there are two sides to every story.


    I did say God.

    I hope I offended all you who hate Him and Donald Trump.

  15. Russia really did interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and it really did interfere ON BEHALF OF DONALD J. TRUMP. And it really did start to hack into Hillary’s servers a few hours after Donald J. Trump said: “Russia, if you are listening…” And then he asked Russia to hack into Hillary’s server, and Russia really did do that. (Afterwards, Donald J Trump claimed that he was joking when he asked—-and if you believe that, I’ve got a Bridge I’d love to sell you.

    1. Horse pucky! The Russians tapped into Hillary’s illegal private server from the time she was SecState. The Mueller investigation found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia. It never even investigated Hillary’s campaign, which we now know paid millions for Russian disinformation that it used to slander Candidate Trump!

  16. The Deep State came to power by assassinating JFK in 1963. It threw off all pretense of bipartisanship by throwing in behind Hillary in 2016 — anything to prevent Trump from being elected. Out of desperation it has tried to overthrow him, using its main weapons: the FBI, CIA and MSM. This is treason that must be extirpated root and branch.

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