MEDIA GOES INSTANTLY NEGATIVE ON JEFF SESSIONS
In the age of President Trump, the news media scrambles to control the public narrative of important news events well before these events transpire. This is a daily occurrence in White House coverage. Journalists typically ignore promising news on the economy, job creation, diplomatic gains or authentic legislative accomplishments in favor of mournful reports that suggest all is lost — or soon will be. On Tuesday, it is Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ turn to face the inventive press, which has been hard at work creating an instant negative backdrop for Mr. Sessions long before he appears before the Senate intelligence committee to have his say on the Russia collusion matter, James B. Comey’s status and other issues.
Here’s just a few headlines from the last 24 hours leading up to his appearance.
“Will Trump drag Sessions into his legal quagmire?” (The Washington Post); “The cloud over Jeff Sessions’ head just got darker” (Vanity Fair), “Comey’s words set gauntlet for Sessions confronted by Congress” (Bloomberg News), “Jeff Sessions joins in Donald Trump ring kissing ceremony before testifying to Senate” (Deadline Hollywood), “Jeff Sessions next in scandal spotlight” (Economic Times), “Sessions in the hot seat” (The Hill), “Sessions had one hell of a bad week” (CNN), “Three troubling questions Jeff Sessions will have to answer” (The Nation).
And the actual live broadcast of Mr. Sessions appearance? Fox News begins its coverage at 2 p.m. EDT; the network says its will go “commercial free” when the big doings get going a half-hour later. C-SPAN begins coverage at 2:30 p.m.
The media has created a negative narrative around Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance before the Senate intelligence committee.