How desperate is the Washington Post over the possibility Donald Trump was right about being wiretapping?
Desperate enough to write this editorial, published today.
Here are the first three paragraphs:
REP. DEVIN NUNES (R-Calif.) on Monday denouncedwhat he described as the illegal leak of classified information concerning conversations between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials. He insisted that those who described those contacts to the press be tracked down and prosecuted. He demanded that FBI Director James B. Comey confirm that such revelations “violate . . . a section of the Espionage Act that criminalizes the disclosure of information concerning the communication and intelligence activities of the United States.”
Forty-eight hours later, Mr. Nunes himself held a news conference in which he cited a confidential source to describe what clearly appeared to be classified information about intercepted communications involving Trump associates. He did this outside the White House, where he had rushed to brief the president about the intercepts — even though the House Intelligence Committee he chairs is supposed to be investigating the Trump campaign’s possible connections with Russia.
We’ve said before that it was doubtful that an investigation headed by Mr. Nunes into Russia’s interference in the election could be adequate or credible. The chairman’s contradictory and clownish grandstanding makes that a certainty. His committee’s investigation should be halted immediately — and Mr. Nunes deserves to be subject to the same leaking probe he demanded for the previous disclosures.
See, if the best defense is a good offense…
…you ignore the implications of what Rep Nunes said and go after him personally instead. Never mind what it means if he is correct.
A question: did the Post have any problem publishing “news” about the leaks, which were almost certainly gotten through illegal means? Did it write any editorials condemning those leaks?
To anyone who thinks they must have: c’mon, show them to me. Let’s see them. Because I’m not aware any were written.
The stench here goes beyond whether Mr. Trump actually was tapped, but straight to a mainstream media which, not content with just attacking Trump every day like clockwork, may also be intentionally suppressing information that might edify the claims he has made.
I hope I’m wrong about this. But editorials like the Post’s make that very unlikely.
To be continued….