After some announcements from the Senate Intel Committee, Trump took a jab at them through Twitter. To no surprise at all the mainstream media largely missed the point of the tweet. Much of the reporting of this tweet is about Trump suggesting that Congress investigate liberal news outlets.
However I believe that they are missing out on the larger issue that Trump is addressing. Is Congress doing the media’s bidding or the people’s? The media jumped on this tweet as an attack on them, missing the sarcasm. To Trump’s fault, the tweet could have been more strategically worded.
Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017
However, this tweet was successful in generating some conversation. Liberal outlets cry that this is a war on the news. This tweet is likely a direct response to the expansion of the investigation, and comments made by Ricahrd Burr and Mark Warner.
President Trump lashed out at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, suggesting they should investigate news networks instead of his campaign. Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner announced Thursday that their investigation showed Russia tried to interfere with the 2016 election, but that the outcome was correct. They said their investigation has expanded as a result of the new revelations, and cautioned they could not comment about whether there actually was evidence of collusion between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.
Senate Intel Chairman: Russia’s Social Media Activity Did Not Favor Either Political Party – Daily Caller
“We have not come to any determination on collusion or Russia’s preferences. If we use solely the social media advertising that we’ve seen, there is no way that you can look at that and say that that was to help the right side of the ideological chart and not the left, or vice versa,” North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr said during a press conference on Tuesday. Burr and committee vice chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, gave a briefing about the status of the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign.
Reports published over the past couple of weeks have revealed that the operatives purchased ads about polarizing political issues in the U.S. The activities appeared to have been intended to create division on racially-tinged issues, such as Black Lives Matter and the NFL protests over the playing of the national anthem. On Twitter, Russia-linked accounts advocated for both sides of the national anthem protests. Some of the accounts supported players’ kneeling, while others attempted to rile up fans opposed to the demonstrations.
Another frequent “fake news” target for Trump has been the multiple ongoing investigations into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, one of which is being conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The president often refers to those investigations collectively as a “hoax” or a “witch hunt.”
Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said at a press conference Wednesday that they remain in the investigatory phase of their probe, having already conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with more scheduled for this month. The question of whether or not either Trump’s or Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign colluded with the Russian government remains open, they said, adding that the Kremlin’s election meddling efforts are ongoing around the world.
Senate Intel Committee
1. Russia Inquiry has Expanded
2. Still looking into possible Collusion
3. Agrees w/ conclusion of Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) that Russia Interfered in Election
— Ryan Knight ?️?? (@ProudResister) October 4, 2017
"Thousands of hrs, millions of dollars & 9 mos of looking, we haven't found anything. Going to keep looking until we do."
Senate Intel Comm
— Sherlock (@RicardoN2000) October 5, 2017
The tweet above says it all. After all this investigation, there is still not a shred of evidence for collusion. How much longer should we continue to invest in this fruitless venture. Trump’s tweet is not seriously a call for a news outlet investigation. I believe that Trump knows that free press is a thing. His tweet is a jab at Congressmen who are parroting the Russian Hoax. Trump is suggesting that they aren’t in control.
Mr. Nelson from Politico would much rather defend the media against a sarcastic investigation than acknowledge that the media has invested so much airtime for the Russian Hoax and have found nothing. It would be detrimental to them for this investigation to close empty handed. So instead of folding early, the liberal media doubled down again and again. They made the Russian Hoax a popular belief and so Congress acted on it.
With Congressmen exercising the media’s bidding, the collusion investigation stays alive. The recent announcement of expanding the investigation is a sign of no evidence. Expanding the investigation is a sure sign that the Senate Intel Committee is exercising no accountability or restraint. Without evidence, an investigation should be concluded. It is abuse to investigate a person to find crime rather than investigate a potential crime to find a person. That is what the committee is doing, and the media is pulling the strings.
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