NYT, WaPo Reluctantly Covered Infamous Tarmac Meeting Between Clinton, Lynch

Only because their superiors pressed for the story.

New e-mails reveal that reporters for both The New York Times and The Washington Post weren’t that interested in covering the controversial meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton last year at the Phoenix airport and only did so because their bosses were pressing them.

The pre-election meeting between the two was oddly timed, or perhaps perfectly, as both parties “just so happened” to be at the same airport and it just so happened to be during the DoJ’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal. Both Clinton and Lynch said they discussed family and golf as they met privately for 30 minutes on a plane sitting on the tarmac. Personal security assured that no cameras or smartphones were allowed near the hush-hush meeting. 

As something so important in the months leading up to a presidential election, this was one of the most serious reports of the political season. However, the American Center for Law and Justice obtained e-mails through a Freedom of Information Act request that shows how disinterested some reporters were.

The NYT’s White House correspondent Mark Landler reached out to the Justice Department for comment and stated with very little verve, “I’ve been pressed into service to write about the questions being raised by the Attorney General’s meeting with Bill Clinton.”

He added, “Could you let me know what DoJ and the AG have said specifically about this meeting, and whether she believes it constitutes a conflict of interest, given the ongoing email investigation?”

Ah, yes, asking the hard questions, we see.

And if Landler didn’t find it that interesting, The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky could barely contain his apathy in covering potentially damning political malfeasance:

“Any chance one of you could give me a call for another, hopefully quick, conversation on this AG-Clinton meeting? My editors are still pretty interested in it, and I’m hoping I can put it to rest by answering just a few more questions about how the meeting came about — who approached who, and how did they realize they were in the same place?”

In another correspondence obtained by the ACLJ, the then-director of public affairs at the DoJ, Melania Newman, noted how an ABC News producer wan’t “interested” in covering the story. 

Lynch later said she did “regret sitting down” with the former president because of how it must have appeared biased in favor of the Clintons. Kind of like this type of reporting.

H/T The Blaze

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