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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.

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