Media fuels lies, exaggerations on Russian “collusion”

Media fuels lies, exaggerations on Russian “collusion”

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Media fuels lies, exaggerations on Russian “collusion”

Rather than addressing facts, the mainstream news media is blindly embracing and amplifying political accusations against President Donald Trump being made by his Democratic rivals and extremists in the anti-Trump movement. The media is using the word “collusion” in their reports without adding uncertainty, or the more accurate description, “having contacts.” Collusion implies a crime, having contacts is what governments do

By Ray Hanania

As always the mainstream American news media is manipulating the coverage of the controversy it and other anti-Trump haters have created involving the issue of whether or not members of President Trump’s pre-election campaign engaged in “contacts” or “collusion” with Russian officials.

The word “Contacts” is acceptable and normal and subjective to partisan assessments. The word “Collusion” implies a crime, and feeds into the false narrative that Trump has engaged in crimes.

Politicians often distinguish between these types of differences in making partisan political attacks all the time, but usually the news media serves as a filter to separate the ridiculous political exaggerations from factual claims.

In the rising crescendo of political rhetoric, U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions was asked previously about any involvement with Russian officials. He said clearly that he had no contacts with Russian officials as a member of the Trump campaign. But he said that he did have two contacts as a member of the U.S. Senate representing the State of Alabama.

There is a difference, one that the media is ignoring and blurring. The media has amplified the political attacks from anti-Trump critics who assert falsely that Sessions colluded with the Russians and lied when asked about it. The critics and the critics’ media supporters don’t distinguish hoping to convey the false impression that something was done wrong.

United States Senate election in Alabama, 1996

United States Senator Jeff Session of Alabama, 1996 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the media trumpeting the word “collusion” in all their reporting, it gives the impression of a crime that colors the public debate. And coloring the public debate is what the media does best. It can color the public debate to protect someone, as they did with Hillary Clinton and accusations involving her role in Whitewater, and with her husband’s infidelity (where he lied in response to a public inquiry of his sexual behavior with a White House Intern/employee, which is a crime). And the news media colors the public debate to expose someone they dislike to make them look guilty, as they are trying to do with President Trump.

The media is guilty of failing to do their job, which is report facts, not assert false accusations or color the tone of issues to make them more derogatory or negative.

In being biased, the mainstream news media is fueling the controversy to manipulate public opinion into their frenzied campaign to damage the Trump administration by forcing Sessions to resign as U.S. Attorney General. Since the issue involves him, Sessions has recused himself from the process of determining if the issue is legitimate or a political witch-hunt.

In fact, if the word “collusion” is to be used anywhere, it is not in the contact of alleged conspiracy between the Russians and the Trump campaign, but rather between the media itself and their political collaboration against President Trump with the Democrats and the anti-Trump haters.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist and author. He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 and writes opinion commentary on American and Middle East politics. Email him at

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