President Donald Trump offered a rare praise to The New York Times on Sunday after the left-leaning paper featured a piece admitting that the president was correct about the phony Russia collusion stories.
“Do you believe this? The New York Times Op-Ed: MEDIA AND DEMOCRATS OWE TRUMP AN APOLOGY. Well, they got that one right!,” Trump wrote.
Do you believe this? The New York Times Op-Ed: MEDIA AND DEMOCRATS OWE TRUMP AN APOLOGY. Well, they got that one right!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
Trump was referring to an op-ed titled, “Barr Is Right About Everything. Admit You Were Wrong,” where Christopher Buskirk wrote that the media owes Trump an apology for pushing bogus Russia collusion stories for two years.
“The American political and media elites that spent the first two years of the Trump administration promoting the Russian collusion hoax have some explaining to do. And not merely explaining: They owe the president an apology,” Buskirk wrote.
Here’s more from Buskirk’s piece:
Nearly the entire complex of elite media was actively complicit in promoting the biggest political conspiracy theory in American history: that Hillary Clinton lost the election because Donald Trump conspired with Vladimir Putin to — well, that was always a moving target — but to somehow deprive Mrs. Clinton of victory.
What we now know definitively is that Robert Mueller, the special counsel, and a team of very accomplished, mostly Clinton-supporting, prosecutors were unable to find evidence of a conspiracy that had been taken as an article of faith by Trump haters.
Journalists don’t like being called “fake news,” but too many of them uncritically accepted the Trump-Russia narrative, probably because of their strong distaste for Mr. Trump himself.
But that lack of objectivity represents a major professional failure, and it’s Exhibit A in why Mr. Trump’s taunt resonates with so many Americans.
Gallup polling shows that for 69 percent of Americans, trust in the media has fallen over the last decade.
Among Republicans, it’s 94 percent; for independents, it’s 75 percent and for moderates it’s 66.
Only among self-identified liberals and progressives does a majority continue to trust the media. They like what they hear.
During his press conference last week from the Department of Justice, Barr reiterated countless times that Mueller found no evidence that Trump, his campaign, or any American colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
So that is the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.
Barr also stated that Mueller left it up to the Department of Justice to determine if the president obstructed justice.
Barr said he consulted with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and they both determined there was no evidence to charge Trump with obstructing justice in the Russia probe.
Mueller’s report clearly states that there is no evidence of collusion and the DOJ said they will not bring any charges of obstruction of justice against the president.
With all of this considered, Buskirk is correct that the media will never apologize to Trump because they dislike him that much.