Intellectually incurious …
Before I get into individual stories, I wanted to talk briefly about something the media coverage has shown this week. Mainstream media personalities, “journalists,” and organizations suffer from a complete lack of intellectual curiosity. They are locked into a worldview and won’t follow stories out of it. That is why it was so refreshing that Ronan Farrow stuck with the Harvey Weinstein story, even after getting shot down by NBC News. Intellectual incuriosity is a cancer in the news media. For instance:
Why are we in Niger? … Over the past few days, the media have been doggedly wondering why the United States has troops in Niger. The answer was easy to find, for anyone with an internet connection and a search engine. Special Forces were sent to Niger in 2013, by Barack Obama, to fight Al-Qaeda affiliates, as this 2013 Reuters article reported. Also on October 5, 2017, Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the deaths of the servicemen and explained why they were in-country. A fact the Washington Examiner’s Byron York reminded us of yesterday.
Chris Hayes obfuscates on Russian uranium scandal … MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is another person who is intellectually incurious. Yesterday on his program, he made it seem like there is nothing new about the Russians purchasing 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply. He said the story was broken in 2015 by the New York Times. What was broken by the Times in 2015 was the Clinton Foundation angle, true. But that isn’t why Fox News is talking about it this week. It is because of the excellent reporting by The Hill that the FBI investigated bribery surrounding the deal, yet it still went through. This is NEW information. Ignorance or obfuscation, Chris Hayes?
CNN too … Yesterday, in a bit of ad-libbing coming back from the president’s press availability with the governor of Puerto Rico, Wolf Blitzer mentioned the Obama-Clinton Russian uranium scandal. It was brief and in passing, but it still remains as the only bit of coverage the new developments have received on CNN. It lasted about 10 seconds.
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