That title raises what I consider a very important question – not only for the question itself, but because of what I think the answer is.
To review: the main part of the scandal started in February. Heather Caygle’s February 6 article at politico.com tells us that:
Multiple Democratic lawmakers have yet to cut ties with House staffers under criminal investigation for wide-ranging equipment and data theft.
Imran Awan, a longtime House staffer who worked for more than two dozen Democrats since 2004, is still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, though his access to the House IT network has been blocked since last week.
Major coverage by mainstream media should have started right there.
But it didn’t. Instead we were still being fed a steady diet of “Hillary lost because Trump colluded with Russia” – which, to this day, they have not been able to provide one bit of evidence for. The awan scandal was buried.
Since then, evidence has turned up suggesting the awan brothers (there were three of them), led by imran awan, may have been selling sensitive information to foreign sources.
Investors Business Daily (IBD) had an excellent editorial on this last month. I strongly urge you to read every word. Here, however, is a key part, which comes after the editorial cites Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s neck-deep involvement. The bold print is mine:
Other Democrats have been utterly indifferent to the whole affair. At one point, Rep. Gregory Meeks suggested the police targeted Awan and his brothers because of Islamophobia, the DC reported. That led some congressional staffers to wonder if Awan and company were blackmailing House members with data they’d pilfered.
And, of course, since Democrats don’t want this story in the news, the mainstream “news” media have entirely ignored it. Neither the New York Times, the Washington Post nor CNN appear to have published a single story on this case since it broke five months ago.
That’s right. Not a single story. And with few exceptions, other than Fox News the television networks have done the same.
Debbie Wasswerman Schultz – a member of the House of Representatives and former DNC Chair (she was forced out due to her shady dealings on behalf of Hillary Clinton), retained awan, on staff, at full pay. She only fired him last week, after he was arrested trying to flee the country back to his native Pakistan.
How could this not be newsworthy? How could this still not be covered by so many mainstream media venues to this day?
Is it because the longer they waited after burying the February events – which should have started major media coverage – the more their belated coverage now raises questions about why it took so long? Raises questions about how their half year of non-coverage was at the behest of the Democrats they so clearly favor?
I don’t know the answer. But I wouldn’t bet against that likelihood. And I wouldn’t bet against them continuing, even now, to bury this huge – and growing – scandal.
Heck, it has nothing to do with either Trump or Republicans in general. Forget it.