Virtually every day since the presidential election, the mainstream media has been obsessing over the myth of Donald Trump's collusion with Russia to "steal" the election from Hillary Clinton. Not one iota of evidence for this has surfaced. Meanwhile, evidence of a very serious collusion between then-President Barack Obama and the Iranian terror group Hezbollah has come to light, but is being utterly ignored by the news media activists committed to protecting the legacy of their Chosen One and taking down their hated enemy Trump by any means necessary.
Politico published a jaw-dropping, meticulously-sourced investigative piece earlier this week detailing how, in order to clinch its disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration had secretly undermined US law enforcement agency efforts to shut down an international drug-trafficking ring run by Hezbollah.
"Now swap out 'Trump' for 'Obama' and 'Russia' for 'Iran' and imagine the eruption these revelations would generate," wrote David Harsanyi at the New York Post:
Because, by any conceivable journalistic standard, this scandal should’ve triggered widespread coverage and been plastered on front pages across the country. By any historic standard, the scandal should elicit outrage regarding the corrosion of governing norms from pundits and editorial boards.
Harsanyi goes on to note how, in the days after the news broke, none of the three major networks bothered to cover this shocking story. There was radio silence, so to speak, about it even on cable news, apart from Fox News. The major newspapers also didn’t address the potential collusion between the former president and a terror-supporting state.
"Perhaps if President Trump had tweeted about the story," Harsanyi wrote, "outlets would’ve squeezed something in."
Those news outlets which did cover the story "framed it as a he-said/she-said." “Politico Reporter Says Obama Administration ‘Derailed’ Hezbollah Investigation,” wrote lefty NPR, for example. From that headline one would never know that Politico backed up this "Says" with a 14,000-word, diligently sourced, document-heavy investigative piece exposing how Hezbollah had laundered nearly a half a billion dollars and was moving cocaine to the U.S. while the Obama administration obstructed the DEA investigation and failed to prosecute the major players.
What makes the media blackout particularly shameful is that the story isn’t a partisan hit job. It was written by a well-regarded journalist at a major outlet. The story has two on-the-record sources — which is more than we can say for the vast majority of so-called scoops about the Russian “collusion” investigation. One of these sources, David Asher, was an illicit finance expert at the Pentagon who was tapped to run the investigation. There’s no plausible reason to ignore him or the story.
"The preponderance of editors, journalists, pundits and bookers, on the other hand, still coddle Democrats," Harsanyi concludes. "Coddle" is putting it mildly. "Collude with" might be more appropriate.