The headlines in the mainstream media after Trump got a special master of the case with classified documents ignored the fact that the judge was a Trump-appointed person.
Check out these headlines and subheadings from regular business outlets. How the hell do they think it’s not newsworthy to mention that Trump appointed the judge who just ruled before him? pic.twitter.com/zPg0F07GTz
— Alec Karakatsanis (@equalityAlec) September 5, 2022
“Trump had more than 11,000 government documents on his estate in Mar-a-Lago 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 most important detail that the judge who ruled for Trump was appointed by Trump. While all the headlines in the corporate media are factually correct. They omit an essential detail that determines the perception of the statement in the public eye.
Trump went to court to get this ruling. He filed his motion sixty miles from Mar-a-Lago.
The ruling itself goes beyond appointing a special captain and prevents the DOJ from using the stolen classified documents in the criminal investigation. It also buys in on Trump’s claim of executive privilege.
It is an essential detail that the judge who made this ruling was appointed by the same party that filed the motion.
The coverage of this ruling in many places has been a failure in the media. It’s not biased to point out that the judge is a Trump-appointed person, but the mainstream media is so deeply buried in the stories from both sides that they misinform news consumers by omitting important information from the headlines.
Mr Easley is the editor in chief. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduation work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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