The emptiness of ‘impeachment porn’

The emptiness of ‘impeachment porn’

[Ed. – ‘Impeachment porn’ exploits its audience every bit as much as the regular kind.]

Perhaps the most noteworthy media development of the Trump era is the rise of “impeachment porn”: regular breathless stories that purport to share the latest dirt from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — but are based on nothing more than innuendo and speculation.

The latest instalment: a “bombshell” New York Times story on President Trump’s efforts to keep a tight grip on the Russia investigation. Careless readers won’t even notice that the worst alleged Trump behavior falls far short of the clear obstruction of justice that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation over Watergate.

The article is a mix of leaks from various sources — none of which seem to come directly from Mueller’s office. Even the “news” that the probe is focusing on possible obstruction is based on analysis from outsiders, not informed insiders.

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The article claims that Trump — enraged by what he saw as a politically motivated investigation swiftly moving out of control — pressed hard to hold the reins close.

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