The Rice Controversy: Is The Media Proving Trump Correct?


JONATHAN TURLEY

Susan_Rice,_official_State_Dept_photo_portrait,_2009Below is my recent column in The Hill Newspaper on the Rice controversy.  Media spins for Rice continue including MSNBC “AM Joy” host Joy Reid describing the softball interview with Andrea Mitchell as “She was on with our own Andrea Mitchell yesterday trying to explain how government works, for those that don’t know.”  Of course, unmasking political opponents (if the allegations are proven to be true), would not be how the government is supposed work.  Nor is alleging lying about knowing nothing about the unmasking in prior interviews — a curious conflict with Reid’s take that Rice was trying to explain government. This was Rice’s second or third explanation.  It appears that Trump is the temptation that many journalists simply cannot resist.  It is a Faustian bargain: media is so intent on pursuing Trump that they have lost any sense of their own navigational beacons of objectivity and neutrality.

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