You’d think after the mess the mainstream media made of the Trump/Russia story, outlets like USA Today would be bending over backward trying to apologize, correct the story, and acknowledge the outlets who GOT IT RIGHT the first time.
But as we’ve seen from CNN and others, their egos are far more important than the story or even their readers.
What USA Today pulled with The Federalist is just unbelievable:
Not a good look here, @DavidMastio. Banning links to outlets that got the Trump-Russia story right in order to protect the “mainstream” outlets that got it wrong isn’t journalism. It’s pure hackery. https://t.co/n4k9cJAjku
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 28, 2019
From Margot Cleveland at The Federalist:
When news broke on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had submitted his report on the Russia-collusion investigation to Attorney General William Barr, and that no further charges would be forthcoming, I penned an op-ed and submitted it to USA Today, which had published my work several times, including as recently as last November.
USA Today first solicited an op-ed from me on my analysis of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in October 2018. While I typically write for conservative-leaning publications, I purposefully seek out mainstream outlets on occasion, hoping to bring some balance to the news diets of media organizations, which tend to lean left.
This is where it goes off the rails:
Then came a shocker from Mastio: USA Today had instead decided to reject the submission because I cited The Federalist and National Review.
“Going forward, assertions of fact need to be backed up with mainstream media sources or original documents,” Mastio wrote. “Links to National Review or [T]he Federalist (or similar sites on the left) are not reliable.”
Mainstream media?! THEY’RE THE ONES WHO GOT THE STORY WRONG.
— Margot Cleveland (@ProfMJCleveland) March 28, 2019
Someone is scared of The Federalist. They should be.
INSANE: USA Today‘s @DavidMastio rejected a piece on media’s Russia failure because it was sourced to places that got the story right, not the “mainstream” ones that failed. In its place, he ran another Russia truther piece. https://t.co/qATXbnr7Op
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 28, 2019
Stay classy, USA Today.
.@USATODAY rejects a story on collusion because it cites the Federalist and NRO, and not MSM. Absolutely embarrassing. This pompous, self-aggrandizing nonsense of the mainstream media is precisely why they got Trump-Russia so brutally wrong.https://t.co/yuSj0DEMGq
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) March 28, 2019