When Major Media Looked the Other Way
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published October 23, 2016 by The Washington Times.
Two Democratic Party campaign operatives lost their jobs last Tuesday after being caught red-handed on video describing how to incite violence at Donald Trump rallies and how to commit massive voter fraud.
Captured by video sting journalist James O’Keefe of Project Veritas Action, the men’s self-incriminating comments and severances are being ignored by major media, which either pretend this never happened or are trying to besmirch the source.
The media are also ignoring ongoing bombshells from WikiLeaks, such as Hillary Clinton campaign chief John Podesta suggesting in an email that illegal aliens can vote if they have driver’s licenses.
Is it any wonder why millions of Americans feel that this election is being “rigged” by a hyper-partisan media, aided by an Obama administration that is using the Justice Department to attack safeguards such as voter photo ID laws?
“Not only have the videos been ignored by ABC, CBS, and NBC, most of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers haven’t touched it, according to a Nexis search for Project Veritas,” the Media Research Center reported on Thursday.
“The following news outlets can be added to the Zero Coverage list so far: The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune. The PBS NewsHour and NPR transcripts also came up with a zero. [and] The Associated Press was still a zero.” On Wednesday, NPR ran a skeptical piece that dismisses “voter fraud bluster,” but did include the first full video.
Of major news media, only Fox News and The Washington Times, plus online news aggregator The Drudge Report, have amply covered the explosive revelations.
Robert Creamer, founder of Democracy Advocates and the husband of Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky, Illinois Democrat, resigned from the Clinton campaign on Tuesday, a day after Scott Foval was fired as national field director of Americans United for Change. Mr. Creamer, who pled guilty in 2005 to charges of bank fraud and tax violations, visited the White House 342 times since 2009 and met with President Obama 47 times, according to White House records obtained by the Daily Caller.
On Tuesday, CNN ran a four-minute segment on “undercover videos produced by discredited conservative activist James O’ Keefe.” Setting up the segment, CNN’s Drew Griffin says of Mr. Foval, he “supposedly explains” how Democrat-paid agitators instigated violence at Trump rallies.”
There’s nothing “supposedly” about it.
“CBS This Morning” ran a two-minute segment on Thursday with Nancy Cordes. The piece ran less-harmful portions of the videos, and ended with denials from Democratic National Committee officials, plus Ms. Cordes’ own stamp: “There’s no indication Clinton’s campaign paid for it or even knew about it.”
Really? Mr. Foval, working with Americans United for Change, a Democratic advocacy group, explains on camera that, “I answer to the head of special events for the DNC and the head of special events and political for the campaign,” he sad. “The campaign pays DNC, DNC pays Democracy Partners, Democracy Partners pays the Foval Group, the Foval Group goes and executes the s —- t on the ground.”
And what is the “s —- t on the ground?” Deploying mentally ill and homeless people, union members and women to incite violence at Trump rallies.
“What I call it is conflict engagement,” Mr. Foval says. “in the lines at Trump rallies —- we’re starting anarchy here.”
No, there’s nothing to see here, folks. Here are some other takeaways:
Aaron Black, whose real last name is Minter, describes himself as “deputy rapid response director for the DNC for all things Trump on the ground.” He says he worked for Democracy Partners but that, “Nobody’s really supposed to know about me. So the Chicago protest, when they shut all that, that was us.”
One of the operatives says, “It doesn’t matter what the friggin’ legal and ethics people say, we need to win this [mother-expletive].”
In the second video, Mr. Foval explains how to get people to cross state lines from Indiana and Michigan to vote illegally in Wisconsin —- use cars instead of buses, since buses might alert officials to the vote fraud. He says of campaign finance laws, “like, they have weakened them so bad in these three states, you could [openly commit an obscene act] in front of the governor and not go to jail.”
The obscenity-laced interviews on the videos contain many more incriminating or incendiary statements, such as a declaration about Iowa that “half the state is racist as [expletive] Wisconsin is just as bad.”
Mr. O’Keefe promises that more videos are on the way.
Perhaps state agencies might want to look into possible violations. Perhaps they won’t grant immunity to key figures or have evidence destroyed the way the FBI did in the Hillary Clinton Servergate case.
And perhaps the media could be shamed into covering at least some of these sensational cases of Democratic election malfeasance.
Somebody needs to hint that Republicans might be involved. That should get them excited enough to do their jobs.