Wednesday, February 16, 2022

N.Y. Times: Hillary spy scandal too hard for our readers to understand

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

A New York Times reporter explained why the paper joined nearly every major media outlet in ignoring the blockbuster special counsel charge that Hillary Clinton's campaign spied on internet traffic at Trump Tower, Donald Trump's New York City apartment and the White House in an effort to frame Trump as a Russia stooge.

The accusations filed in motions by special counsel John Durham in his investigation of the Obama administration's Russia probe essentially are too much work for Times readers to digest, wrote Charlie Savage, who covers national security and legal policy issues.

Two days after the story broke, Savage said Durham's claims "tend to involve dense and obscure issues, so dissecting them requires asking readers to expend significant mental energy and time -- raising the question of whether news outlets should even cover such claims."

He went on to lament that "Trump allies portray the news media as engaged in a cover-up if they don't."