A blast from the past. Where are we in this spy thriller?
‘Shameless’ news blackout on Clinton-Russia uranium deal
Total of 4 minutes, 38 seconds devoted to scandal
Published: 11/02/2017 at 9:06 PM. Updated: 11/03/2017 at 9:16 PM
The Media Research Center has released a study exposing the “shameless” lengths to which the establishment media will go to protect their “unscrupulous golden girl,” Hillary Clinton.
Analysts for the media watchdog examined national media coverage of the Clinton-Russia uranium scandal — one potentially bigger than Watergate — and found it has been almost entirely ignored by the major news networks since the latest developments broke Oct. 17.
From Oct. 17 through Nov. 2, ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted a combined total of just 4 minutes and 38 seconds to the new findings. CBS delivered just 2 minutes, 34 seconds, followed by ABC at 2 minutes, 4 seconds. Astoundingly, NBC News has failed to devote a single second to any of the most recent charges.
And prior to the Oct. 17 findings, the network evening shows had spent only 3 minutes and 1 second on the Clinton Foundation scandal in more than two years.
When the topic did come up, MRC’s analysis found significant bias.
CNN, MSNBC and PBS covered it mostly in a dismissive tone.
The effect was to “snidely alert their viewers that Trump was out with a tweet on an old story that is meant to distract from his alleged Russia-collusion scandal,” MRC said in a news release.
“This scandal has all the intrigue of a spy thriller and all the high profile corruption of a celebrity gossip magazine. And yet the leftist ‘news’ media have made the decision to keep their mouths shut,” MRC said. “The media are refusing to report the news in order to sweep another scandal under the rug for Clinton and her corrupt cronies.
“This is not just ridiculous. This is unacceptable. This sort of cover up simply cannot be tolerated.”
The Hill reported Oct. 17 that before a government panel in which Hillary Clinton was a member approved the sale in 2010 of a company that controlled 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves, the FBI was sitting on evidence Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to expand Moscow’s nuclear business in the U.S.
On Oct. 18, The Hill reported that a key FBI informant with knowledge of the Russian corruption was threatened by the Obama administration and warned not to publicly disclose details.
On Oct. 22, The Hill’s John Solomon and Alison Spann reported a “female Russian spy posing as an American accountant … used a false identity to burrow her way into the employ of a major Democratic donor in hopes of gaining intelligence on Hillary Clinton’s department.”
CNN slants coverage
However, repeatedly, one CNN host and correspondent after another shot down the uranium scandal.
CNN anchor Don Lemon, on the Oct. 24 “CNN Tonight,” dismissed the new developments as a “shiny object” meant to distract as seen in this exchange:
DON LEMON: “Do you think this is a shiny object that they’re trying to divert attention away from the Russia investigation into possible collusion or interfering in the election?”
CORRESPONDENT BRIAN FALLON: “Totally, Don. I think it’s of a piece with other moves that you saw congressional Republicans undertake today. Reopening an investigation into a seven-year-old deal that sold uranium in the Russian government in 2010.”
PBS runs ‘interference’ for Hillary
So far, “The PBS NewsHour” has talked about the latest uranium allegations on just two of their programs. On the Oct. 30 edition, correspondent William Brangham ran interference for Hillary Clinton:
So, let’s break this down. First, Secretary Clinton didn’t have the authority to approve the deal. Several different U.S. agencies had to sign off on the deal, all of which did. There is no evidence that Clinton was informed or involved in the sale at all.
Second, the uranium never left the country. It’s not legal to export uranium produced in U.S. mines. The Clinton Foundation did receive $145 million in contributions from individuals connected to Uranium One, beginning at least a year before the sale.
And, in 2010, the year of the sale, former President Bill Clinton received $500,000 from a Russian bank for a speech he gave in Moscow. For now, those all have been deemed legal transactions. But, still, today, Mr. Trump once again stoked these stories on Twitter.
Then on Nov. 1, Chris Buskirk, the editor of American Greatness, managed to get in a quick reference.
“I think that a lot of attention needs to be paid to Robert Mueller and to Rod Rosenstein, for that matter, too. I mean these are two people who I think the more we dig into their records, particularly when you look at something like Uranium One, they’re deeply compromised.”
MRC encourages readers to take action by signing an online petition.
“We cannot allow the media to let Hillary get away with it again,” said MRC Director Brent Bozell.