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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

The October 1 editions of all the Sunday political talk shows failed to discuss the news that several White House officials in the Trump administration used private email accounts to conduct official government business, making themselves vulnerable to espionage from foreign entities.

On September 25, The New York Times reported that at least six White House advisors, including Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, had used personal email accounts to conduct official government business. The Times’ story followed a Politico report that Jared Kushner, a senior advisor and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, had used a private email account to conduct correspondence related to White House matters. Even though the story that White House advisors used personal email accounts for official business was reported several days ago, ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face the Nation,  CNN’s State of the Union, Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday, and NBC’s Meet the Press all failed to discuss it during their Sunday morning broadcasts.

As the Times notes, “Officials are supposed to use government emails for their official duties so their conversations are available to the public and those conducting oversight.” According to Politico, the National Security Agency (NSA) had “warned senior White House officials in classified briefings” against the “improper use of personal cellphones and email,” as it “could make them vulnerable to espionage” by foreign entities. By failing to discuss the news of the officials’ use of private accounts, Sunday political talk shows ignored a significant story and failed to inform their audiences of yet another example of the lack of transparency that has been an endemic in the Trump administration. The Sunday shows’ failure to report on officials’ use of personal email accounts is particularly shocking given the media’s obsessive focus on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State throughout the 2016 election.

Methodology: Media Matters searched SnapStream for mentions of “emails,” “private email server,” “personal email,” and “private server” on the October 1 editions of ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face the Nation, CNN’s State of the Union, Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday, and NBC’s Meet the Press.


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7 responses to “Sunday Political Talk Shows Completely Ignored Trump White House Officials Use Of Private Email Accounts”

  1. The lucky one says:

    Yah it’s that damned liberal media again, oh wait these are all repubs that were given a pass.

    “Officials are supposed to use government emails for their official duties so their conversations are available to the public and those conducting oversight.”

    Well there you go. The tRump Cabal recognizes no right of government oversight. They believe they are above the law and the boss believes he can do no wrong.

    • dbtheonly says:

      Well yes, Tlo,

      But I can’t help feeling that the Lamestream Media is caught on this one.

      1. You want to devote enough of your limited time to each subject.
      2. There are many different subjects demanding attention.

      We can certainly debate, but are the emails more important that the botched aid to Puerto Rico? The nomination of Roy Moore? Announcing that negotiations with the DPRK are a waste of time? The ongoing protests of NFL personnel? Government waste and the firing of Tom Price? The enunciation of tax reform slogans?

      Absent specific information; I’ve got to consider that emails just didn’t make the cut.

      • The lucky one says:

        I get your point though I think the e-mails are certainly worth a mention since it does relate to national security. Of course it also shows the hypocrisy of the tRump regime but that’s been obvious for so long that it really is not news.

        • dbtheonly says:

          The emails are certainly worth a mention but Republican hypocrisy is not news.

          My point was, and is, that among all the (crap) that went on last week, the same article could be written no matter what was left out. Leave out Moore? Taxes? There’s no “win” here.

          Remember these are discussion shows, each segment is substantial. You’ve only got limited time. Reading a sinister motive into 5 minus 4 leaves one; is on the road to paranoia.

  2. Richard Prescott says:

    Politically extreme hot potato. And these mainstream media don’t want to touch it.
    Not that Trump didn’t constantly complain about Hillary’s use of something similar but different where it counted, a private email server maintained by State Department IT people.
    These 6 dumbos used personal email accounts that went outside the government security and through public servers. And the pro-Trump talking heads would make spin sauce of it ad nauseam.
    of course it wasn’t like they didn’t have enough on their plates with Puerto Rico, white supremacists and “anthem” protests (trying to explain that it was not about the anthem to his base is impossible).

  3. 788eddie says:

    Yes, I realize that there is a lot going on in the news stream right now, but NONE of the Sunday morning talk shows broached the subject? That’s very curious, indeed.

    Aren’t broadcast news shows, and the networks they work from owned by large corporations? Just askin’.

  4. johninPCFL says:

    Unfortunately, Hillary has inoculated the entire GOP for illegal (and all generally bad) acts. Lying to Congress (perjury ala Jar-jar the Kush) is now OK. Private email accounts? “Well she did it!!!”

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