New report reveals the mainstream media's role in pushing the false Trump-Russia collusion narrative

 February 4, 2023

Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) just released a report indicating that it found "serious flaws" with the media's coverage of the Trump-Russian collusion narrative that was being pushed during former President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. 

The report can be found in its entirety here.

The report

According to the CJR, "for the past year and a half," it "has been examining the American media’s coverage of Trump and Russia in granular detail, and what it means as the country enters a new political cycle."

The report, which is very lengthy, is a result of this examination. It is divided up into four parts and an "editor's note:"

The editor's note is titled, "Looking back on the coverage of Trump," and the four parts are titled, "The press versus the president."

What the report essentially does is take to task the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other news organizations that played large roles in pushing the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

It does so by going through the outlets' coverage of that narrative in great detail, highlighting the many ways in which that coverage was flawed.

Trump responds

Trump, on his social media site - Truth Social - responded to CJR's report with a statement. Trump began by noting that CJR is "in no way a conservative publication."

Trump, referring to the report, writes:

It is a STAGGERING, detailed account of the lies, disinformation, and complete lack of journalistic integrity exhibited by the purveyors of Fake News at the Washington Compost (sometimes known as the Washington Post), the Failing New York Times, and many others….

Trump went on to highlight the "huge impact" that the mainstream media's efforts had on the 2020 presidential election, writing, "[it's] just one of the many ways that the Election was Rigged and Stolen."

Trump adds:

This proves, once again, that the Corrupt, Woke, Radical Democrats stole the 2020 Election, making it impossible for that fact to be called "the Big Lie," as the Marxists and Communists in our Country attempt to portray it.

A question is whether the CJR report will change the perception of those who disagree with Trump on this point. This remains to be seen.

Crickets from the MSM

At the time of the writing, many of those implicated in the CJR report have yet to respond to it.

The Washington Post, however, has put out a statement, saying:

We are proud of our coverage of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign, including our stories that were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for furthering the nation’s understanding of this consequential period. We approached this line of coverage with care and a great sense of responsibility. On the few occasions in which new information emerged that caused us to reexamine past reporting, we did so forthrightly.

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