Why the media is suddenly trying to scare the crap out of you about Robert Mueller’s report
It’s being widely reported this evening that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to issue his final report on Donald Trump’s crime spree as soon as next week. If true, it means Trump should be hiding under his desk right about now. So why is the mainstream media largely trying to spin this as some kind of demise for Mueller and victory for Trump?
At this very moment, far too many media pundits – particularly on television – are telling you to “prepare to be disappointed” in Robert Mueller’s report. They’re insisting that he’s “winding down” his probe, as if it were an unpopular restaurant preparing to shutter its doors for good. They’re suggesting that new Attorney General William Barr is “forcing” Mueller to end things, and Mueller – being a damsel in distress – is merely going along with it.
Of course none of these pundits are bothering to back up any of these doomsday prognostications with any evidence or logic. That’s because it’s not about trying to make an accurate prediction that’ll make the pundits look good a week from now. It’s all about trying to scare you into staying tuned in for the next week.
Let’s be real here. If the TV pundits tell you that Robert Mueller is going issue a report next week that’s going to destroy Donald Trump, you’re probably going to turn off your television and spend the next week at the beach. But if the TV pundits tell you that Mueller is going to issue a report that will somehow allow Donald Trump to magically get away with it all, you’re going to be far too petrified to look away from your television between now and the time Mueller issues his report.
To be clear, not all TV pundits are doing this tonight. The smartest and most insightful people on television don’t need to play these kinds of gotcha games in order to keep people tuned in. But if you’re wondering why you’re hearing so much scary gloom and doom tonight about Robert Mueller’s report, it’s because it’s good for ratings, even if it’s bad for your blood pressure. Times like this are a good litmus test for figuring out which TV pundits can be trusted to be honest.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report