It’s funny, but it’s really not. It’s disgraceful. https://t.co/g8DZ4Rx33K— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) March 23, 2019
In light of Trump’s slam dunk victory yesterday, please watch this Cavalcade of Clowns burping up the same #Democrat talking points ad nauseum. Now tell me the liberal press isn’t a stockyard of mooing, biased cattle! pic.twitter.com/RcBcx7IB9F— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 24, 2019
I laughed a lot harder at this than I probably should have but it is extra spicy this morning.— Wyatt (@MrEarpLA) March 23, 2019
I love this timeline.
I love you guys.
God bless you all. pic.twitter.com/ftC1gdfoql
Top 10 Propagandists Who Pushed Russia Collusion Hoax https://t.co/Hffu7vB5rn— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 23, 2019
If Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion | TheHill https://t.co/KS4Uog6a3x— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 23, 2019
...For those anxious to keep the dream alive, the (New York) Times published its usual graphic of Trump-Russia “contacts,” inviting readers to keep making connections. But in a separate piece by Peter Baker, the paper noted the Mueller news had dire consequences for the press:
It will be a reckoning for President Trump, to be sure, but also for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, for Congress, for Democrats, for Republicans, for the news media and, yes, for the system as a whole…This is a damning page one admission by the Times. Despite the connect-the-dots graphic in its other story, and despite the astonishing, emotion-laden editorial the paper also ran suggesting “We don’t need to read the Mueller report” because we know Trump is guilty, Baker at least began the work of preparing Times readers for a hard question: “Have journalists connected too many dots that do not really add up?”
The paper was signaling it understood there would now be questions about whether or not news outlets like themselves made a galactic error by betting heavily on a new, politicized approach, trying to be true to “history’s judgment” on top of the hard-enough job of just being true. Worse, in a brutal irony everyone should have seen coming, the press has now handed Trump the mother of campaign issues heading into 2020.
Nothing Trump is accused of from now on by the press will be believed by huge chunks of the population, a group that (perhaps thanks to this story) is now larger than his original base. As Baker notes, a full 50.3% of respondents in a poll conducted this month said they agree with Trump the Mueller probe is a “witch hunt.”
Stories have been coming out for some time now hinting Mueller’s final report might leave audiences “disappointed,” as if a President not being a foreign spy could somehow be bad news....
‘There needs to be a reckoning’ for those who spread Russia collusion narrative: Mollie Hemingway | Fox News https://t.co/sjEcnAcHYj— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 23, 2019
That's why you keep saying: "we haven't seen the report yet!" I get it: that's all you have now to keep your confused followers calm. But its contents can't & won't salvage the 2-year media narrative about Mueller & Russia conspiracy *indictments.* That reckoning is unavoidable. pic.twitter.com/4UFmp8IhBS— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 23, 2019
After praising Robert Mueller as a hero for years, Democrats now doubt his competence and integrity and insist on being able to check his work!— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) March 24, 2019
This is how a police state works -- when run by the Keystone Kops. https://t.co/8hqa06MgdJ
Rep. Chris Stewart: "I'm not surprised. We had the House Intelligence report, the Senate Intelligence report. We had FBI agents themselves... Mr. McCabe, who said he doesn't think there is anything there, & now it appears that Mr. Mueller has drawn the same conclusion." pic.twitter.com/oOWxDoYdiP— The Hill (@thehill) March 24, 2019