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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

CNN’s Jake Tapper was the only Sunday show host on September 25 to discuss a report that American intelligence officials are probing Russian government ties to a man Trump has identified as a foreign policy adviser, Carter Page. This latest revelation is yet another missed opportunity by the Sunday political talk shows to feature investigative stories about Trump and his campaign over the past month.

On September 23, Yahoo! News’ Michael Isikoff reported that “U.S. intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials.” Among the problematic contacts Page has reportedly had with aides to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, is Igor Diveykin, who “is believed by U.S. officials to have responsibility for intelligence collected by Russian agencies about the U.S. election.” The article also quoted a Trump spokesperson calling Page an “‘informal foreign adviser’” to Trump.

In an interview with Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on CNN’s State of the Union, Tapper cited the Yahoo! News article and questioned Conway if the campaign had talked to Page about his meetings with Russian officials. Conway denied that Page was part of the Trump campaign at this time and said that he was not authorized to talk to Russia on the campaign’s behalf.

The other Sunday hosts — NBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’ John Dickerson, Fox’s Chris Wallace, and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos — who interviewed Trump adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s running mate Mike Pence, and Conway, respectively — all failed to question their Trump surrogate guests about the report. The only other mentions of the report on the Sunday shows were from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s surrogates, with Clinton running mate Tim Kaine alluding to the “news of this past week [that] shows us a whole series of very serious questions about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia” on CBS’ Face the Nation, and Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon mentioning Page on CNN’s Reliable Sources.

The near blackout of this story from the Sunday shows is turning into a familiar pattern regarding investigative reports on Trump. Over the past month, the Sunday political talk shows have repeatedly failed to feature new reporting that reflects poorly on Trump. On September 4, just days after The Washington Post broke the story that Trump’s foundation illegally gave a political donation in 2013 and that Trump paid the IRS a penalty for it, only CBS’ Dickerson brought it up; on other shows, guests were forced to mention it.

The next week, as they were all covering the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, every Sunday show completely ignored theNew York Daily News’ investigation that revealed Trump unethically accepted $150,000 in government aid after the attacks and that Trump bragged that one of his buildings was now the largest in the area just hours after the 9/11 attacks.

And just last week, the Sunday shows again mostly omitted new reporting on Trump, specifically the news that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was investigating Trump’s charitable foundation over concerns of impropriety and Kurt Eichenwald’s Newsweek report that detailed the “serious conflicts of interest and ethical quagmires” that would be present in the foreign policy of a President Trump due to his deep business ties to foreign countries and businesspeople.

The report on Page also follows Trump’s repeatedpraise of Putin, who he has called “highly respected within his own country and beyond,” later adding that if Putin “says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him.” Journalists have slammed Trump for his remarks, noting the country has targeted and murdered journalists.

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters for America.

 IMAGE: Carter Page, a businessman identified by Donald Trump as a foreign policy adviser to his presidential campaign/TASS
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61 responses to “On Sunday News Shows, Trump’s Latest Russia Problem Almost Ignored”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    As disturbing as Trump’s praise of Vladimir Putin, the former head of the KGB is, as disturbing as his encouragement to spy on us was, what is most disturbing is the number of former and present members of his campaign, and business enterprise, have with Russia, with Putin, with Russian oligarchs, and with the Russian mafia.
    Whether or not his love for Russia is influenced by the opinions of his first and present wives, both of who were born in countries that were part of the Soviet Union, or because of business priorities, the fact that he admires and depends, financially, on influential Russians to stay afloat financially, and for help to destroy Hillary Clinton, should be enough for every American with an ounce of common sense to step back and reflect on what is happening.
    We are not talking about having dinner with someone who donated money to a charity. We are talking about a close business – and now political – relationship with one of our most formidable foes, including people who not so long ago spied on us and were members of the team determined to destroy us. Alas, who would have thought that they may be able to accomplish their goal without firing a shot, by using a buffoon, elected by a naive electorate, to destroy us from within.

  2. I of John says:

    The media is failing us again. Get to work people! If this was Hillary you’d be on it like flies on dung.

  3. bobnstuff says:

    Trump blames the media for supporting Clinton so the media lets him slide over and over again. Trump wants the power to sue the media like he does everyone else who says negative things about him. Trump isn’t running for president, he is running for dictator and the media is going along with it.

  4. Karen says:

    Turning on CNN this morning will find nothing but advertising of the debates which sound like promotions for the next WWE. A panel of six people advising what the candidates need to do to win, and it’s not based on their positions of issues we all should be caring about.

    • Jinmichigan says:

      My impression of CNN this morning, was the 87 things Clinton needed to do right to win and that Don the Con only needed to keep it in his pants to win. Their bias is overwhelming.

  5. Karen says:

    Substance does not seem to be the prime concern this election season. (Mis)perceptions are what it is all about and a gullible electorate is falling for it. I say shame on the media for leading Americans down the garden path.

    • marriea says:

      It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to note that networks seemingly would like a Trump victory. Then for the next four years they would have a plethora of material to report on how American got it wrong.
      They also know that most Americans don’t read and prefer to look at TV ‘news’ that cater to an individual’s personal preference and also videos on U-tube that are about as effective as a poll as a source of learning, never takinig into consideration that a video or newcast is only taking the stance of the author of that piece.
      All things uttered by each and every one of us tends to be subjective on and to our own prejudices about a certain subject and that prejudice is not that it’s a bad thing necessarily, but just our thought pattern.
      Once upon a time, I could say that the news was mostly reported in a straight forward way.
      Today, news is mostly entertainment and more akind to entertainment tonight and very gossipy.
      I guess that one like to hear gossipy stuff so that can it give cover to our own imperfections.

      • Karen says:

        What passes for news reporting today is based mostly on opinion. I’m of the old school like Joe Friday, “just give me the facts” I form my opinions based on fact and it’s become harder and harder to stay on top of what is the truth. It’s a great ploy for the dumbing down of America.

        • marriea says:

          No kidding.
          In talking to people I worked around before I retired, they would tell me about what they ‘heard’ on the news.
          Often, it’s not what people what was actually said, it’s how people percieved what they think they heard.
          I have a saying, it’s not what people say, it what another person hears and what a person hears is based on their personal mindset.
          I’ve often said to them, ‘maybe you should stop tuning in to the ‘news’ so much’.
          Too much of anything can become indoctrinating. It’s so subtle that you don’t know you’ve been seduced until it’s too late.

          • dpaano says:

            It’s like that old kid’s game, “Whisper.” You hear one thing, but when you pass it on, something in the context always gets changed until it’s totally incorrect! That’s the problem here, I think. It’s also like the bible… group read it one way and interprets it; another group interprets it much differently! It’s a quandary to say the least!

        • dpaano says:

          Agreed…..our media is worse than ever! It used to be there were reporters (Cronkite, etc.) who were very non-partisan, but nowadays, most of them work for networks that are owned by RW owners whose opinions are not always the opinions of the staff or the people who listen to their shows.

      • Jmz Nesky says:

        Well you have to refer to the mentality of the (TV) watcher when they actually believe that there’s such a thing as ‘Reality TV’.. C.O.P.S. and similar shows are the only ones who operate without a production script. All the rest is scripted emotional fluff passed as reality and that’s how the news media operates now days.

        • marriea says:

          The only ‘reality’ TV I watch is ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and Judge Judy, The People’s Court and Hot Bench. The formal for the entertainment factor. The latter (s) to kind of get a grip on the tactics used by people to get over on others and how the law kind of works
          And yes they are also to a certain degree, scripted.
          The rest of those ‘programs’ bore me.

          • Jmz Nesky says:

            All of them nauseate me but that doesn’t mean I’m willing to chastise anyone who watches them.. I watch for entertainment purposes only, not reality as I’ve got enough of that hanging around me every day.

          • marriea says:

            (smile) touche

          • dpaano says:

            Judge Judy is not a true reality show. Personally, I think she’s rude and condescending towards the people that come before her. She’s much like Trump when it comes to temperament!

          • marriea says:

            Indded she is. I wouldn’t be surprised if the people that come before her have to sign something saying they will take the ‘abuse’ becuase I’ve read somewhere that people get payed for being on the show and any amount that is lost, is taken from the amount of the ‘win’.

      • dpaano says:

        Trump is definitely more entertaining than Hillary, but that doesn’t make him presidential material! The presidency is NOT “Celebrity Apprentice!”

  6. Jinmichigan says:

    Tapper mentioned this and dropped it immediately when conway claimed he had nothing to do with trump. I don’t suppose there was much else he could do, but he hardly pushed for any answers.

  7. AF 70-74 says:

    Yep. Trump got into all these guys heads. They are more weak than scared! Political news is stacked against Hillary. These guys are costing her!

  8. greenlantern1 says:

    The Koch brothers built Vladimir Putin’s oil wells!
    Perfectly clear?

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