The not-quite-fake but rather manipulated news

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The not-quite-fake but rather manipulated news

If, as the Wash­ing­ton Post says, “Democ­racy Dies in Dark­ness”, the media should get a lot of the credit for dim­ming the lights. Not for sim­ply mak­ing up sto­ries out of whole cloth (remem­ber the “hacked power grid” story that turned out to be one lap­top with mal­ware?), but also by omit­ting or ignor­ing per­ti­nent information.

Here are two exam­ples just this week:

Story #1:

Ed Price wrote an op-​ed for the WaPo, I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit,

To be clear, my deci­sion had noth­ing to do with politics”

As it turns out, Price is not only a reg­is­tered Demo­c­rat who donated $5,000 to Hillary, he was the top spokesman and a senior direc­tor for Obama’s National Secu­rity Coun­cil, and worked to spin both the Iran­ian deal and the hostages story:

Unmen­tioned by Price or the Wash­ing­ton Post is the fact that Price gave $5,000 to the Hillary Vic­tory Fund, a joint fundrais­ing com­mit­tee that splits con­tri­bu­tions between the Clin­ton cam­paign and the Demo­c­ra­tic National Com­mit­tee. Pub­lic records indi­cate that Price is reg­is­tered to vote as a Demo­c­rat in the Dis­trict of Columbia.

Price rose through the ranks at the White House dur­ing the Obama admin­is­tra­tion. By the end of the admin­is­tra­tion, Price was the top spokesman and a senior direc­tor for Obama’s National Secu­rity Council.

Price report­edly worked hand in hand with Obama’s deputy national secu­rity adviser Ben Rhodes in his effort to cre­ate an “echo cham­ber” dur­ing the administration’s nuclear nego­ti­a­tions with Iran.

When the news broke that Iran was hold­ing Amer­i­can hostages in the lead-​up to Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, for exam­ple, it was Price who was ordered by Rhodes to begin spin­ning the administration’s “well-​cultivated net­work of offi­cials,” accord­ing to David Samuels of the New York Times.

Yet the WaPo went along with his asser­tion “To be clear, my deci­sion had noth­ing to do with pol­i­tics,” later adding a clar­i­fi­ca­tion that started with “This col­umn should have included a dis­clo­sure of dona­tions.”

Dona­tions indeed.

Story #2:

At The Atlantic, Rumana Ahmed wrote, I Was a Mus­lim in Trump’s White House. When Pres­i­dent Obama left, I stayed on at the National Secu­rity Coun­cil in order to serve my coun­try. I lasted eight days. The short ver­sion is that for over five years Ahmed worked at National Secu­rity Coun­cil (again) under Ben Rhodes (again) in the Obama admin­is­tra­tion, and quit after Pres. Trump took office.

Of course, The Atlantic and the WaPo may not get as many read­ers if the head­lines read, “I quit when Trump took office after years of work­ing for Obama.”

Never mind that would be more honest.

Need we ask,

Before we get too far along here … is every­one who quits their gov­ern­ment gig dur­ing the tran­si­tion from one admin­is­tra­tion to the next going to write an essay about it?

The answer appears to be yes — and what’s worse, as the Twitchy head­line said, it’s pos­si­ble that the movies may be in the works.

UPDATE
Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog.

If, as the Washington Post says, “Democracy Dies in Darkness”, the media should get a lot of the credit for dimming the lights. Not for simply making up stories out of whole cloth (remember the “hacked power grid” story that turned out to be one laptop with malware?), but also by omitting or ignoring pertinent information.

Here are two examples just this week:

Story #1:

Ed Price wrote an op-ed for the WaPo,  I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit,

“To be clear, my decision had nothing to do with politics”

As it turns out, Price is not only a registered Democrat who donated $5,000 to Hillary, he was the top spokesman and a senior director for Obama’s National Security Council, and worked to spin both the Iranian deal and the hostages story:

Unmentioned by Price or the Washington Post is the fact that Price gave $5,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that splits contributions between the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Public records indicate that Price is registered to vote as a Democrat in the District of Columbia.

Price rose through the ranks at the White House during the Obama administration. By the end of the administration, Price was the top spokesman and a senior director for Obama’s National Security Council.

Price reportedly worked hand in hand with Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes in his effort to create an “echo chamber” during the administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran.

When the news broke that Iran was holding American hostages in the lead-up to Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, for example, it was Price who was ordered by Rhodes to begin spinning the administration’s “well-cultivated network of officials,” according to David Samuels of the New York Times.

Yet the WaPo went along with his assertion “To be clear, my decision had nothing to do with politics,” later adding a clarification that started with “This column should have included a disclosure of donations.”

Donations indeed.

Story #2:

At The Atlantic, Rumana Ahmed wrote, I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House. When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days. The short version is that for over five years Ahmed worked at National Security Council (again) under Ben Rhodes (again) in the Obama administration, and quit after Pres. Trump took office.

Of course, The Atlantic and the WaPo may not get as many readers if the headlines read, “I quit when Trump took office after years of working for Obama.”

Never mind that would be more honest.

Need we ask,

Before we get too far along here … is everyone who quits their government gig during the transition from one administration to the next going to write an essay about it?

The answer appears to be yes – and what’s worse, as the Twitchy headline said, it’s possible that the movies may be in the works.

UPDATE
Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.