Is the media interested in the objective reporting of facts and circumstances to keep citizens properly informed, or are they just biased and cheap purveyors of clickbait? Unfortunately in this day and age, it has increasingly trended toward the latter. News organizations openly advocate for a certain political candidate, and it is marked on the editorial agenda to aggressively attack any of his or her opponents.
In the following video, Right Wing News takes a look at the example of the Washington Post, which had its newsroom break out into applause after breaking the so-called ‘scoop’ on Trump allegedly leaking confidential information to the Russians. As Matt Drudge so eloquently tweeted, it has become nothing but a bloodsport. Trump of course, sees the picture from a different angle, claiming that the Post’s owner Jeff Bezos, who’s also the CEO of Amazon, is worried about potential anti-trust regulations from the Trump administration. Is there something more to this?
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The newsroom of the Washington Post appeared to have a festive atmosphere Monday after publishing a story about President Trump discussing highly classified information with Russian officials at the White House.
Washington Post Fact Checker columnist Glenn Kessler tweeted there was “Applause in the newsroom as the Russia-leak scoop breaks the Hollywood Access record for most readers per minute.”
Kessler later tweeted, "I've been fact-checked: Applause in the newsroom as the Russia-leak scoop breaks the Hollywood Access record for most readers per SECOND."
The remarks drew reaction from Matt Drudge, the proprietor of the Drudge Report.
"WASHPOST Newsroom staff openly applauding at latest Trump hit finally clarifies how this has turned into nothing but a bloodsport!" he tweeted.
In a subsequent tweet, Drudge wrote "WASHPOST Newsroom staff openly applauded when Obama visited '09. It was bloodsport then, just played on same team!" while including a link to a Politico story from 2009 containing a press pool report about then-President-Elect Obama’s visit to the newsroom.
"After three and a half hours at his transition office, PEOTUS obama took another 6 minute ride through washington, arriving at 157 pm at the nondescript soviet-style building at 15th and L street that houses the washington post,” the pool report from 2009 said.
“Around 100 people–Post reporters perhaps?–awaited PEOTUS's arrival, cheering and bobbing their coffee cups. Pool is holding in a van outside, while Mr obama does his washington post interview, and will exercise enormous restraint by ending report before saying what really thinks about this turn of events."
A Washington Post spokesperson told Politico at the time there was "There’s no reason to think there were any reporters cheering," adding that "a lot of people who work in the Post building who don’t work in the Post newsroom.”
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National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Tuesday adamantly defended Trump’s conversations with Russian officials as “wholly appropriate,” pushing back for a second day on the report by the Post.
During a tense White House briefing, McMaster also ripped the leaks fueling such media reports – and said the president was not “even aware” of the source of the information he apparently shared with the Russians.
Drudge Calls Out the Washington Post
As the clicks were rolling in, Glenn Kessler, the Post’s fact-checker, tweeted: “Applause in the newsroom as the Russia-leak scoop breaks the Hollywood Access record for most readers per minute.”
Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce described the applause as “weird, given the circumstances.”
Conservative news giant Matt Drudge also took issue on Twitter with the Post’s celebration of clicks.
“WASHPOST Newsroom staff openly applauding at latest Trump hit finally clarifies how this has turned into nothing but a bloodsport!” wrote Drudge, who runs the influential Drudge Report.
He followed up with a second tweet, linking to a Politico story that noted then-President Obama being greeted with applause during a visit to the Post’s building in 2009. (The Post denied that those applauding were reporters.)
“WASHPOST Newsroom staff openly applauded when Obama visited ’09,” Drudge wrote in the second tweet. “It was bloodsport then, just played on same team!”
Drudge suggested that the Post’s targeting of Trump is motivated by their owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who Trump has said has a “huge anti-trust problem.”
“He thinks I’ll go after him for antitrust,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity last year. “Because he’s got a huge antitrust problem because he’s controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing.”
“He’s using the Washington Post, which is peanuts, he’s using that for political purposes to save Amazon in terms of taxes and in terms of antitrust,” Trump claimed.
Drudge, an early promoter of Trump’s presidential campaign, appears to agree with that accusation. He wrote: “WASHPOST owner personally motivated in bloodsport after Trump threat of AMAZON monopoly breakup. Follow the clicks!”
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