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:
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.”
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.
Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.