NETWORKS WEAPONIZE THIER RUSSIAN HACK COVERAGE
The big three broadcast networks still appear intently interested in President-elect Donald Trump, and not in a good way: “The broadcast networks treat accusations of Russian hacking very differently when they can use it as an angle to bash Trump,” says Mike Ciandella, an analyst for Newsbusters.org, a conservative press watchdog.
He discovered a major discrepancy. When Russian cybercriminals were accused by intelligence agencies of hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted 58 minutes, 47 seconds to these allegations from Dec. 12 through Tuesday.
“When Russian hackers were accused of hacking into the White House in 2014, it went largely ignored,” says Mr. Ciandella, noting that the three networks only spent a total of 4 minutes, 51 seconds on the White House intrusion that entire year.
“Part of the reason for this seems apparent. A breach of White House security in 2014 would have reflected poorly on President Obama. On the other hand, journalists can use stories on Russian interference in 2016 to bash Trump for failing to criticize Vladimir Putin, or for remaining skeptical of U.S. intelligence reports,” Mr. Ciandella says. “Some reporters even used this story to imply that Trump would have never won the 2016 election without Russia’s help.”
AND THE REALITY CHECK
The national broadcasting efforts to compromise Donald
Trump’s reputation may be all for naught, however. The nation does not appear to be buying this scenario in the first place.
“Just one-third of Americans say they believe Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election,” reports a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.
The major news networks gave more coverage to possible Russian hacking when it would benefit Democrats versus the Republicans.