The story of the day isn’t the Washington Post Russia meeting in the Oval Office.
It isn’t the Comey memo news that broke this evening from The New York Times.
The story of the day is Seth Rich.
But first, a factual discussion of the other two.
What do we know?
The Washington Post is claiming that President Trump revealed “highly classified information” to Russian Ambassador Lavrov in his Oval Office meeting last week.
The President can declassify any information he chooses. It is not a criminal issue. It’s a political issue, and it very well may be a national security issue. Giving up sources, even to the point that they can be deduced is a serious matter.
But there is also an issue of journalistic ethics. Once again, this is a story based solely on anonymous sources. It’s understood that journalists must protect their sources, too, but there is a question worth asking:
Is there hypocrisy in what the Washington Post is choosing to cover and emphasize in contrast to other stories? I’ll explain.
A listing of the facts in The Washington Post story should also include the statement made by McMasters yesterday evening. He claims this story is false and says the President, Secretary of State, and others in the room are in agreement on that.
New York Times
What do we know?
The New York Times is claiming former FBI Director James Comey kept detailed notes of his meetings with President Trump and wrote a memo stating the President may have tried to obstruct justice in the Michael Flynn investigation.
This is a story also based entirely on anonymous sources. In fact, The New York Times reportedly does not even have a copy of the memo in its possession.
The question here is: If this is true, why did Comey not go directly to the Attorney General with this information. Why wait until a week after being fired?
Undoubtedly, there is much more to come on this.
This is THE big story, and it’s not receiving the coverage it deserves.
What do we know?
Rod Wheeler, a retired homicide detective investigating Mr. Rich’s death on behalf of the family, claimed Mr. Rich, a DNC staffer, was in contact with WikiLeaks prior to his death. This claim was corroborated by a federal investigator, according to Fox News.
Fox News reported that “an FBI forensic report of Rich’s computer — generated within 96 hours after Rich’s murder — showed he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.”
Fox continues: “The federal investigator, who requested anonymity, said 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich to MacFadyen before May 21.”
Mr. Rich was killed on July 10, 2016, shot in the back as he walked home from a D.C. bar. Twelve days later, WikiLeaks began releasing internal DNC emails discussed here.
Was Seth Rich the source of the “election hacking” widely attributed to Russia?
Why the lack on news coverage on this story from the major media outlets?
There is a difference between the Seth Rich story versus the other two: It is not based entirely on anonymous sources. Rod Wheeler is standing behind his investigation. Additionally, there is an actual unsolved crime in the Seth Rich story as opposed to yet-to-be proven allegations in the other two.
Finally, a little bonus speculation on which to end: The latter explains the timing of the former two stories.