Journalists roast reporter who claims Trump-Russia story was ‘buried’ despite years of non-stop coverage
A correspondent for the Week was inundated with corrections and criticism after arguing the ‘Trump-Russia’ story had been “buried,” as fellow journalists noted the so-called scandal garnered wall-to-wall coverage for years on end.
In an article published in the Week on Wednesday, national correspondent Ryan Cooper asserted that the Russiagate story – which dominated headlines and TV news networks for three years in a seemingly endless series of hyped up ‘bombshell’ reports – was simply brushed under the rug. Though a sweeping special counsel probe failed to result in any indictments linked to ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and Moscow, Cooper argued the core Trump-Russia claims were vindicated by a Senate report published in August.
Cooper’s article soon made waves, though perhaps not the type the reporter hoped for, as colleagues assailed the story for glaring inaccuracies, starting with the main contention blared from its headline about the supposed ‘burying’ of Russiagate.
Mincing no words, Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald shredded Cooper as “one of the media’s absolute dumbest and banal liberals,” while poking fun at his article’s “unintentionally hilarious” headline.
One of the most unintentionally hilarious headlines in months, from one of the media's absolute dumbest and most banal liberals, who unironically seems to think that the problem of the last 3 years was that too *little* attention was paid to Russiagate. Why was this buried??? pic.twitter.com/wuOo5fOuYU— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 16, 2020
One of the funniest headlines ever. So glad we have brave truth-tellers like Ryan Cooper willing to "unbury" the Trump-Russia story, which otherwise had been shamefully ignored.— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 16, 2020
Cooper has since hit back in his own Twitter thread, accusing Greenwald of misrepresenting the argument made in his article, clarifying that it was only the “resolution” of Russiagate that had been ignored.
Despite Cooper’s objections, however, within hours of publication, the Week was compelled to append two corrections to his story, one of which was noted by Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, who was himself the subject of the error. Cooper later admitted to the mistake and apologized.
@ryanlcooper In your article about the Trump-Russia story, you claim I wrote "It's official: Russiagate is this Generation's WMD" in response to the Barr summary. I did not: that article came out on the evening of March 23rd, before the Barr letter: https://t.co/BWEhkU2Tlb— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) September 16, 2020
A second correction came after several journalists pointed out that Cooper had falsely asserted that Russian ‘oligarch’ Oleg Deripaska took part in an alleged Kremlin-directed hack on Democratic Party computers in 2016, an allegation that never featured in the Senate report cited in Cooper’s story.
The article hilariously complaining that the Trump/Russia storied was buried already has 2 major corrections appended to before the day is done - ones far more significant than the corrections suggest. If you're going to claim this is a huge scandal, at least know the basics: pic.twitter.com/99nIVCeMXG— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 16, 2020
Update: @TheWeek has corrected @ryanlcooper's (2nd) error. Thx to the editors. I have to note the irony here of Ryan scolding Russiagate skeptics for allegedly "baldly misrepresent[ing]" the details... now having to make two corrections for baldly misrepresenting the details. 😂 pic.twitter.com/PBwR44VBVJ— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) September 16, 2020
While the president of the Democratic National Committee’s own cyber security firm, CrowdStrike, admitted under oath in 2017 that his company had seen no concrete evidence of a Russian hack, the claim has remained central to the Russiagate mythos, alongside allegations of a conspiracy with the Trump campaign and a Russian “influence operation” on social media.
In a lengthy thread, journalist Aaron Mate challenged a number of other claims made in Cooper’s story, taking the author to task for citing “zero evidence” in his article, instead passing off the Senate report’s “suppositions” as fact.
.@ryanlcooper tries to make the claim that "Mueller found no direct connection between Trump and Russia because he was instructed not to look into it." This is a hilarious assertion on its face, but it's also already been contradicted by key members of Mueller's team. pic.twitter.com/AbjmCwY7qQ— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) September 16, 2020
The obvious tell that @ryanlcooper knows there isn't any underlying evidence, but wants to drink the Kool-Aid anyway, is his reliance on qualifiers such as "likely." Every supposed damning "detail" is "likely." pic.twitter.com/sfYcM7M7uI— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) September 16, 2020
Though the Week has since corrected Cooper’s story, similar editor’s notes and corrections have not deterred many eager to buy into the broader Trump-Russia narrative. A June report in the New York Times alleging that Moscow paid Taliban fighters “bounties” to kill American troops, for example, refuses to die, even after CENTCOM commander General Frank McKenzie dismissed the story as unverified earlier this week.Also on rt.com US military reveals it can't corroborate NYT's story on Russian bounties to Taliban - months after vowing to get to bottom of it
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