Now it’s Jeff Sessions
Mainstream media suddenly have “discovered” that (gasp!!!) Jeff Sessions had two – not one, but two – meetings with Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations last year. (NOTE: there’s a reason “discovered” is in quotations. Keep reading.)
OMIGOD. A U.S. Senator meeting with the Russian ambassador to the UN. And during a political campaign. It must be something terrible. String him up from the nearest tree.
That’s right. So what?
U.S. Senators meet with Ambassadors all the time. So what if Jeff Sessions met with the Ambassador from Russia? Did any Democrats meet with the Russian Ambassador last year? How about the Chinese Ambassador? Will there be an investigation of those meetings too?
The Washington Post, which hates Donald Trump’s guts, has jumped into this supposed scandal with both feet. Here is the first paragraph of Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller’s article, titled “Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose”:
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.
Well, there you go. That scheming fraud obviously held two secret meetings. Hang him from the nearest lamppost.
There is a problem, though. See if you can find it in the following excerpt from Charlie Savage’s article in the (every bit as Trump-hating) New York Times:
Mr. Sessions replied that he was “not aware of any of those activities.” He added: “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”
But the Justice Department acknowledged on Wednesday that Mr. Sessions had twice communicated with the Russian ambassador last year. The first time was in July, at the Republican National Convention, after he gave a speech at an event for ambassadors sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. The second time was a visit to his office by Mr. Kislyak in September. The Washington Post earlier reported both encounters.
See the problem? If not, take a good look at the last sentence.
What’s that? “The Washington Post earlier reported both encounters”?????
Well, gee golly gosh. I guess the meetings were not hidden at all. Both were fully above board, and both were reported at the time – by the very same Washington Post which is trying to make a scandal out of them.
Allow me to appeal to your basic common sense: If Jeff Sessions were engaged in some kind of nefarious dealing with Russia, do you think he would do it in the public eye, where everyone could see it? Where the Washington Post, and who knows how many other media venues, could note and report it? Does that pass any recognizable logic test you ever heard of?
But it didn’t stop the Washington Post, did it?
And it didn’t stop this morning’s Today Show, which made it the lead story – complete with Nancy Pelosi, that noted paradigm of ethics and honesty, demanding that Sessions immediately resign. And, though I haven’t done any media canvas, I’d bet body parts this “story” is on a ton of other so-called neutral media as well.
At the beginning of this blog I put the word “discovered” in quotations. How, exactly, do you “discover” something, months after it happened, when you REPORTED it at the time? That’s like ESPN coming out with a story today that it just found out Tom Brady quarterbacked the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Anyone who thinks most of our news media are in any way neutral, or in any way are giving President Trump a fair shake, needs medical attention.