[Ed. – Worth a full read. Harsanyi asks the right questions about the botched-date bombshell-dud; i.e., the “14th vs. 4th of September” report that media outlets claimed to get wrong in exactly the same ways based on different sources. I don’t think I’m the only one who now assumes from the beginning that relentlessly flogged bad news about the Trump administration is either deceptively spun or flat-out false.]
Forget your routine bias. These were four bombshells disseminated to millions of Americans by breathless anchors, pundits and analysts, all of whom are feeding frenzied expectations about Trump-Russia collusion that have now been internalized by many as indisputable truths. All four pieces, incidentally, are useless without their central faulty claims. Yet there they sit. And these are only four of dozens of other stories that have fizzled over the year.
If we are to accept the special pleadings of journalists, we have to believe these were all honest mistakes. They may be. But a person might then ask: Why is it that every one of the dozens of honest mistakes is prejudiced in the very same way? Why hasn’t there been a single major honest mistake that diminishes the Trump-Russia collusion story? Why is there never an honest mistake that indicts Democrats?