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Rampant Media Denial Over the Lafayette Park Report

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This is Townhall's daily VIP feature, where we will focus coverage on the deeply flawed aspects of journalism in the nation. We'll look to bring accountability to the mishaps, misdeeds, manipulations, malpractice, and manufactured narratives in the mainstream media.


Artisanal-Crafted Narratives – VARIOUS MEDIA

  • Interesting how the "Facts First" crowd is pretty bothered at the arrival of facts.

The big news yesterday was the release of the Interior Department inspector general's report looking into the matter from last summer where police clearing out protestors from Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., coincided with Donald Trump's appearance at the recently attacked St. John's Episcopal Church. Well, maybe not "big" news, as many outlets cannot abide by this investigation that has ultimately proved them wrong

JIM ACOSTA - "As I read the report, you wondered if [the IG] was auditioning to become inspector general at Mar-a-Lago. This was almost a whitewash..."

JOE SCARBOROUGH – "This is the bigger story – that Donald Trump did go across...there were a lot of things that obviously made June the 1st deeply disturbing..."

KEN DELANIAN – "A narrative we thought we knew is not the reality."

WHITNEY WILDE (CNN) – "Other government agencies have undertaken separate reviews of the law enforcement response to protests last summer, which could offer a fuller picture of what happened that day."

THE DAILY BEAST – "Inspector General made the bombshell claim that peaceful protesters were tear-gassed so contractors could install new fencing."

Just for the sake of perspective, this IG conclusion actually mirrors news reports which were known one year ago, essentially proving out the events. The major news outlets preferred to run with the smear on the president.

Pounce Of Prevention – THE WASHINGTON POST

Joining in on the denial train was Mr. Bump, commenting on the former president on the matter because that is compulsory. Really, Phil? He "seized"?! 

Prose And Contradictions – NEW YORK MAGAZINE

The revealing aspect in all of the revisionist reporting taking place these days is not how the press puts a focus on improving things or works diligently on correcting the record. No, when it comes to these major errors in their reporting, they are actually quite bothered that people have noticed! Point out the misinformation being delivered and the reaction is rather similar to a "Well, how dare you!" type of outrage. 

Displaying this perfectly is Jonathan Chait in a lengthy missive addressing the newly reopened case of the Wuhan viral lab leak. Or, more accurately, he is not addressing it at all; his piece is entirely based on selling the concept that getting the leak coverage completely wrong does not matter. 

  •  "First, the lab leak was and is a hypothesis, so the extent of China’s culpability, if any, would never have been proven in any case."

Maybe, but what is avoided is how the press declared, definitively, that the story was disproven. Then later, he delivers the laugh-out-loud assessment of things.

  •  "Right-wing liars are obviously going to seize on any admission of failure by the mainstream media."

The admission of failure is the entire issue, Jonathan. The most accountability we have seen in the press on this story has been they got it wrong, but it was Trump's fault because they reflexively opposed anything he said. The press, you will note, does not garner the label of "Liar" in this instance. They merely got it wrong. 

The Tiger Beat – BLOOMBERG

  •  So, did this visual raise any questions in your mind...?

Jennifer Jacobs is on the White House beat, and when she caught sight of Jill Biden on Air Force One occupying the role of her elected husband, she ended up swooning in the same manner as a fake reporter at a Mexican press conference.


  • In case you were wondering if Stephanie Ruhle has completed that economics course – she has not.

For whatever reason, the MSNBC morning hostess insists on displaying her lack of a functioning knowledge of basic business practices. Recently she mocked businesses that could not pay vastly higher wages and remain competitive. She should check in on Chipotle to see how that is going.

Now, her latest defense of the Biden administration involves mocking businesses struggling to lure workers back into the employment strata. She needs to ignore, of course, how in West Virginia this was proven correct when the governor cut off the benefits and saw people streaming to his companies looking for work. 

The Tiger Beat – MSNBC

  • Praise for Nicolle Wallace for keeping the pom-poms below the desk.

In response to the speech given to the American troops in the U.K., Wallace could not be more fawning. "It's impossible to miss the sincerity and the connection between this president and first lady and our troops." She later goes on to describe Biden's speech as having "soaring rhetoric."

Someone maybe should let Wallace know that she does not need to campaign this stridently, as the role of vice president has already been filled.


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