Friday, May 12, 2017

Comey and New York Times just proved Trump's point

After three days of seeking out intelligent commentary on the James Comey firing and avoiding the media garbage, two main points are clear to me: 1) Comey had become a grandstanding loose cannon with his own political agenda who had appointed himself judge, jury and executioner, and his handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation last year cost the FBI the respect and trust of a majority of Americans; 2) President Trump was going to end up firing him, many (possibly including he himself) think he should have done it on Jan. 20, and the only thing that was special about this week is that now is the time he decided to take the inevitable political heat. But that heat will pass, to be replaced by the next outrage (whether faux or real).

Yesterday, Comey proved his untrustworthiness by apparently working with the New York Times to put out selected details of a private dinner with Trump. So much for being beyond reproach.

Reports Charlie Spiering at Breitbart News:
Former FBI Director James Comey is now leaking details of a private dinner with President Donald Trump to the media, through some of his close associates.

According to the New York Times, the FBI director had dinner with Trump in January after the inauguration, citing private details of the meeting that portray Comey as a martyr.

Comey’s people, “who have heard his account of the dinner” and spoke anonymously, insist that Trump asked the director to pledge his personal loyalty to him, but he declined. They added that Comey was wary about dining with the president, but believed he couldn’t turn him down.

The White House, however, disputed the report.

“We don’t believe this to be an accurate account,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary. “The integrity of our law enforcement agencies and their leadership is of the utmost importance to President Trump. He would never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty, only loyalty to our country and its great people.”
Whatever Comey may or may not have said to Trump, U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein and independent journalists have confirmed that Trump has not been a subject of the Russia investigation.

As Breitbart reports, one of the reasons Comey was fired was his inability to control leaks out of the bureau. This episode just proves he's a willing and deliberate vehicle for such leaks.

The last two years have been full of defining moments in the downfall of the major corporate news media as an institution, and this week has provided another one. Blogger Sundance details the latest examples of what would be embarrassments if any of these media folks were capable of being embarrassed:
Almost every broadcast network and print media has pushed ridiculous stories only to have them completely debunked and called nonsense within a few hours of their publication. WaPo: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein threatened to quit. – Um, no he didn’t. NY Times: Director James Comey asked for more funds. – Um, no he didn’t.
For Trump, political fallout was going to be inevitable no matter when he chose to pull the trigger. But so far, according to Rasmussen Reports, his approval rating is still within the range it was in before the firing. Could it be that news consumers are learning to ignore or avoid the noise, making it basically irrelevant? One can only hope.

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