The Washington Post Thursday is running a reasonable story related to the Russia scandal. Yes, that’s news.
Post White House reporter Abby Philip, who unfortunately will gain nothing from her organization by getting a compliment from a conservative news site like this, wrote a piece that suggests — without denying the possibility that Russia collusion occurred — that inexperience and political urgency may have informed Donald Trump Jr.’s decision to meet on June 9, 2016, with someone with Russian government ties peddling dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Trump Jr., the piece notes, “had no previous political experience,” the campaign was disorganized, and his father had just two days earlier promised to give a speech oozing out a host of slimy details about Bill and Hillary Clinton. The speech was never given.
According to multiple former campaign officials and observers, Trump’s children knew very little about how campaigns were supposed to respond to offers from foreign, adversarial governments.
“I worked on a campaign in 2007 and 2008, and I was the Russia adviser to President Obama and we vetted these kinds of meetings very closely, precisely to avoid even the appearance of something like this,” said Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia. “That was my experience, that was my job. I’m not sure who did this for the Trump campaign, but that was my job.”
On the campaign trail that week and on social media, Trump had begun ramping up his attacks on Clinton, drawing attention to her “missing” emails and promising to unspool a web of corruption during her time as secretary of state.
To former Clinton aides, Trump’s promise of damaging information at the June 7 news conference takes on new meaning in light of the revelations about Trump Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya.
If only the rest of the media could provide such balance to their coverage, maybe they wouldn’t be discrediting themselves, in some cases probably fatally, with conservatives and many independent thinkers who want serious journalism instead of Washington groupthink.