Just as I predicted and feared, most of the mainstream media is now reacting to the news of the months-long DOJ grand jury against Trump world by ramping up its hyperbolic attacks on Merrick Garland. The media got caught with its collective pants down on this one, spending months insisting that this grand jury could not possibly exist, and so now the media is trying to cover its tracks by doubling down on falsehoods.
Even the Washington Post, which just days ago was the first to break the news of the grand jury, has now published a cartoonish anti-Garland op ed today that pretty much treats the grand jury as if it doesn’t exist.
When the media at large gets caught red handed milking a false narrative for ratings, it usually responds by pushing that false narrative even more loudly for awhile. After all, it has to drown out the fact that it got busted pushing a fake story.
It’s not clear where the mainstream media will take this next. If this DOJ grand jury probe into Trump world reaches a point where it produces new headlines every few days, the media will likely drop the “DOJ is doing nothing” lie in favor of trying to get ratings out of the actual probe. But if this probe moves forward in secret, which is entirely possible given the surgical precision with which the Garland DOJ has been able to operate in secrecy, the media may well continue trying to get ratings out of the “DOJ is doing nothing” lie until the DOJ grand jury ultimately issues its first Trump world indictment.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report