Mainstream media headlines after Trump was given special masters in classified documents cases ignored the fact that the judge was Trump’s appointee.
Take a look at these headlines and sub-headlines from mainstream corporate outlets. How could it not be newsworthy to mention that Trump appointed a judge who had just passed a sentence for him? pic.twitter.com/zPg0F07GTz
— Alec Karakatsanis (@equalityAlec) September 5, 2022
“Trump had more than 11,000 government documents at his Mar-a-Lago mansion when the FBI executed the search warrant on Aug. 8, according to a detailed list of seized property.” https://t.co/EvVeaTSSJX
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) September 5, 2022
It is no coincidence that the corporate press omits the important detail that the judge who ruled for Trump was appointed by Trump. Although all corporate media headlines are based on facts. They omit important details that shape the perception of the judgment in the public eye.
Trump shopped in court to get this verdict. He filed a motion where he was 60 miles from his Mar-a-Lago.
The adjudication itself is not just about appointing a special master It also prevents the DOJ from using stolen sensitive documents in criminal investigations. It also embraces Trump’s claim of presidential privilege.
It is an important detail that the judge who rendered this judgment was appointed by the same party that filed the motion.
The coverage of this ruling in many places was a media failure. It’s not partisan to point out that the judge is Trump’s appointee, but the mainstream news outlets are so deeply buried in both sides’ narratives that they often leave important information out of headlines for news consumers. You are giving incorrect information.
Mr. Easley is Editor-in-Chief. He is also a White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy with a specialization in the social reform movement.
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