On Sunday night, NBC News ran a hit job on Mitch McConnell. They wondered how he could oppose slave reparations when he benefited from ancestors who owned slaves. At sun up, MSNBC was giving Amy McGrath wall to wall positive coverage. She is running against McConnell.
Looking back over the past twenty-four hours and how NBC News played this, it is pretty clear the news network coordinated with Democrats to roll out McGrath’s launch against McConnell, starting with that hit job on him. The timing between the hit on a Sunday night to get Monday’s new cycle going and then rolling out McGrath to much fanfare is just too much to be a coincidence.
As an aside, by the afternoon, McGrath ran into the Jake Tapper wall of questions, bounced off that wall, and fell flat on her face. That she was unprepared to justify comparing the election of Trump to 9/11, which she had done, is striking and highlights what a terrible candidate she is. But enough about McGrath.
“Jeffrey Epstein Was a ‘Terrific Guy,’ Donald Trump Once Said. Now He’s ‘Not a Fan.’,” reported the New York Times headline.
“‘He said not to tell anyone’: How Trump Kept Tabs on Jeffrey Epstein,” blared the headline at Vanity Fair.
“Trump addresses Jeffrey Epstein connection, claims the two haven’t spoken in 15 years after a ‘falling out’,” Business Insider chronicled.
“Epstein is in jail. But Trump continues to make a mockery of justice,” opined Max Boot with prime Wasington Post real estate.
The list goes on.
Let’s note up front that ties between any President of the United States and a man on trial for an underage sex trafficking ring and pedophilia are notable and newsworthy.
There are just a few problems. Epstein’s ties to Bill Clinton have been well known for years and the media downplayed those. It is a perfectly fair argument to claim that Bill Clinton is not elected. That is true.
But therein lies the problem.
NBC News would have never coordinated with the RNC on a rollout of a candidate against any Democrat like they did McGrath against McConnell. And no news organization, save Fox, would have obsessed about Epstein and Clinton if there was a Clinton in the White House. And undoubtedly the rest of the media would be attacking Fox for an obsession if the roles were reversed.
It is not that the story is illegitimate. It is actually very legitimate. It’s just that the media would have suppressed coverage and not given it serious coverage if it involved a Democrat.
See e.g. Bob Menendez.