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WTF MSM!? Media reactions to McCabe's resignation and #ReleaseTheMemo are what you'd expect

McCabe resignation fallout …

Not wanting to believe it … Reading CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter’s daily email from last night offers great insight into what he is thinking. For months, Stelter has been attacking those on Fox News as reckless and dangerous for talking about possible corruption in the FBI and DOJ during the Obama administration and continuing into the special counsel investigation. A little worry is finally creeping in, though, after Andrew McCabe’s resignation yesterday. Stelter talks about the ongoing IG report at the DOJ/FBI ­– though he doesn’t tell readers that it is about the Clinton email investigation – and does a lot of fretting about what to believe.

Stelter framed the whole discussion by asking “What do you suppose Robert Mueller is thinking right now?” That is an irrelevant question right now. The real question is, did the Obama administration use the power of the government to spy on political opponents?

I tweeted out a simple question to Stelter and his CNN colleague Chris Cillizza this morning: “What if everything Nunes says is true. What if the FBI and DOJ were used politically by a sitting president? Are you comfortable continuing to run cover for that prior administration?”

What is most puzzling about the entire fracas is that these are folks – media types – who are very cynical and alarmist about government institutions when they are controlled by Republicans. Where, then, is the journalistic curiosity about institutions when they are controlled by Democrats? If what is reported to be in that memo is true, it will lead to a crisis of confidence in government institutions. Stelter and his left-wing colleagues in the media seem to think it’s preferable to keep the public in the dark about what may have happened.

The same over at Axios … Last week, I told you about a profile of Mike Allen, one of the founders of Axios, and how he has been driving the narrative inside the Beltway since he was writing for Politico. His piece on the Nunes memo this morning shows how one-sided that narrative can be. Nowhere in the piece do Allen or his co-writer Jonathan Swan give the impression that what may be in the Nunes memo could be true. Nowhere. The piece is titled, “The great disorientation machine.” To the folks at Axios, this is all a red herring, something to distract away from the sins of Trump. Never mind the very real possibility that the Obama administration weaponized portions of the government to go after political enemies. To Allen and Swan I ask the same question, “What if it is all true?” What then, how do you reconcile months of running cover? The one breaking piece of news in that piece? Trump plans to release the memo.

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