HERE COMES COMEY MA­NIA

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

It is the me­dia ob­ses­sion of the week. Former FBI direc­tor James B. Comey tes­ti­fies be­fore the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day, ad­dress­ing the Rus­sia-Trump col­lu­sion mat­ter. The cov­er­age will be — in a word — mam­moth.

“Comey hear­ing con­sumes Wash­ing­ton,” de­clares Politico, while Talk­ing Points Memo calls Mr. Comey’s ap­pear­ance “a block­buster” and Na­tional Review refers to it as “anony­mous no more,” now that the speaker is, well, an in-per­son hu­man.

“It will in­deed be thrilling and rev­e­la­tory to hear about a Trump-ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tro­versy from a named, on-the-record source,” points out Jim Ger­aghty, a colum­nist for the news or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Comey ma­nia” has de­scended on the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, says CNN.

“Comey, who has a record of engi­neer­ing the­atri­cal po­lit­i­cal mo­ments, is ap­par­ently keen to dis­cuss his tense in­ter­ac­tions with Trump. He has an in­cen­tive to put his side of the story, since the White House has pub­licly ar­gued that he was not up to the job of lead­ing the FBI since he was dis­missed,” notes Stephen Col­li­sion, CNN’s White House re­porter.

Nat­u­rally, all the cable news chan­nels will be all over the story. So far, both ABC and CBS have an­nounced they will break into reg­u­lar day­time pro­gram­ming to cover the tes­ti­mony, com­plete with three an­chors and fancy graph­ics. C-SPAN, of course, will be there start to fin­ish, mi­nus the din of com­men­tary be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. EDT.

CBS NEWS

The me­dia are gear­ing up for mam­moth cov­er­age of James B. Comey’s tes­ti­mony be­fore the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day.

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