On Sunday, Chuck Todd had a meltdown on “Meet the Press” when Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) raised John Brennan, the Strzok-Page texts and the allegations that the Democrats were involved with Ukraine meddling in the election in 2016.
Todd flipped out and refused to let Johnson continue raising the issue of meddling, calling it a “Fox News conspiracy propaganda” despite Johnson referencing a Politico article about the meddling. Todd claimed Johnson just didn’t want to anger President Donald Trump by criticizing him on Ukraine.
On Twitter, Todd was cheered by much of liberal media for his response. CNN’s Chris Cillizza calling Johnson’s response to Todd “nonsensical.”
But that’s part of the problem. No doubt it was nonsensical to Cillizza if he hasn’t been following the facts and had no idea what Johnson was talking about.
Todd and the response of some of the other network media types just proved the point that Johnson was trying to make – that many in media have not only downplayed the questions of the origins of the Russia probe and how that reflects on the FBI, the CIA and the Democrats but they’ve downplayed or ignored any of facts pertaining to Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election and any alleged involvement of the Democrats. If they paint it as a “conspiracy,” maybe Americans will just forget about the question and not see the inherent contradiction between spending two plus years incessantly covering the Russia collusion hoax while not saying “boo” about Democrats and Ukraine.
Some media has committed journalism and looked at the question.
Politico did a bang-up article to which Johnson referred. Here’s Politico’s second paragraph:
Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.
The New York Times did a report on how a Ukrainian court actually found there was meddling in our election during the campaign in 2016.
The Kiev District Administrative Court, in a statement issued Wednesday, said that Artem Sytnik, the head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the agency that had released information about the payments, had violated the law. The court’s statement said this violation “resulted in meddling in the electoral process of the United States in 2016 and damaged the national interests of Ukraine.”
Yesterday we reported that Glenn Beck had a audio tape allegedly of Sytnik admitting he “helped” Hillary during the election by releasing “black accounting records” to hurt Paul Manafort and thereby the Trump campaign.
"I don't know how, but the Americans got an audio recording of Mr. Sytnik's conversation: He is resting with his family & friends & discussing how he would like to help Hillary."@glennbeck reveals the Ukraine transcript the media isn't talking about.https://t.co/fZHzqMCZbV pic.twitter.com/9jyMLVwdEB
— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) October 5, 2019
U.S. Attorney John Durham is now also looking into Ukrainian meddling during 2016.
All this, while it needs to be investigated, is more than a “conspiracy” theory.
Unless what you really mean is an actual conspiracy to undermine Donald Trump. We’ll leave that to John Durham to determine.
But when might we expect the networks to trumpet the facts in this matter as much as they trumpeted the empty Russia collusion hoax?