Friday’s bombshell testimony was nearly totally ignored by MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News and CBS News, in which former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified Clinton approved the dissemination of materials to the media alleging a secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank, despite campaign officials not being “totally confident” in the legitimacy of the data.
Radio host Jason Rantz said: “Left-wing media outlets shout from the rooftops that disinformation matters and is a threat to democracy. Unless, of course, it makes Democrats or the press look bad.”
The trial of ex-Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who has been charged with making a false statement to the FBI, has been largely avoided by the mainstream media. In September 2016, Sussmann told former FBI General Counsel James Baker that he was not doing work “for any client” when he requested and attended a meeting where he presented data and white papers allegedly demonstrating a backchannel between the Trump Organization and the Kremlin-tied Alfa Bank, per report.
Since the trial began on May 15, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News and CBS News have almost entirely ignored it and continued the blackout after Friday’s stunning revelation.
CBSN, the CBS News streaming service covered the trial in a news package and delved into the revelations from Mook.
Previously, Baker testified that the bureau investigated the data alleging a Trump connection to the Kremlin-linked bank, and found “there was nothing there.” Sussmann’s defense called Mook to the stand, and during cross-examination he was asked about the campaign’s understanding of the Alfa Bank allegations against Trump and whether they planned to release the data to the media.
He then answered by saying that the campaign was not totally confident in the legitimacy of the data but eventually admitted Clinton herself approved “the dissemination” of the information to the media.
“She agreed. All I remember is that she agreed with the decision,” Mook testified.
According to a search of transcripts, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News and CBS News didn’t report the news on air.
Since the testimony, none of the networks have mentioned the names “Mook” or “Sussmann.”