NY Times Appears to Forget Its Own Coverage As It Spotlights Comey’s Pre-Election Moves


On Saturday, the New York Times outlined their case on how FBI Director James Comey “shaped the contours, if not the outcome, of the presidential race by his handling of the Clinton and Trump-related investigations.”

The newspaper’s article detailed that their “examination…found that while partisanship was not a factor in Mr. Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways.”

The Times claimed that “in the case of Mrs. Clinton, he [Comey] rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy.”

When Director Comey reopened the Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified material, he was apparently “fearing the backlash that would come if it were revealed after the election that the F.B.I. had been investigating the next president and had kept it a secret. He subsequently “sent a letter informing Congress that the [Clinton] case was reopened.”

However, according to the Times, the bureau’s leader also “did not say was that the F.B.I. was also investigating the campaign of Donald J. Trump. Just weeks before, Mr. Comey had declined to answer a question from Congress about whether there was such an investigation. Only in March, long after the election, did Mr. Comey confirm that there was one.”

One thing that the publication did not mention in their lengthy item is the fact that four days after Comey’s October 28, 2016 letter to Congress, they ran an article revealing that “law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government.”

The Times decided to print their report on page A21, in contrast to the front-page attention they gave the reopening of the Clinton investigation.

Both Silver, in the Tweet above, along with Mediaite columnist John Ziegler, zeroed in on the media’s coverage of the Clinton case in late October 2016. On Saturday, Ziegler contended that “had the news media, of which The Times is of course a leading influencer, not completely overreacted to what was essentially little more than a technical communication, the impact would likely have been minimal and hardly decisive.”

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