Newspaper throws stones at liberal East Coast media

The Las Vegas Vegas newspaper carried a front page story in its Sunday edition that criticized The New York Times and The Washington Post for largely ignoring the story of five Pakistani-born congressional informational technology employees suspected by Capitol Police of violating security policies.

“Unlike the Trump Russian scandal, however, The Washington Post and The New York Times have barely reported on the story, which has conservatives observing — with President Donald Trump’s Twitter account concurring — that the mainstream media have a double standard,” the story, which carries a slug calling it an analysis, reports.


Up until Sunday, the local paper had itself carried only two mentions in print of the main character in the story, Imran Awan. One was a Washington Post story about Trump’s twitter posts that mentioned a Trump tweet about Awan. Another was a brief that reported Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, had finally fired Awan after his arrest at Dulles Airport as he was about to board a flight to Pakistan after wiring nearly $300,000 there. Some of that money was suspected of being the proceeds of bank fraud.

In the past month alone the paper appears to have carried a dozen accounts that contain the words Russia, Trump and collusion.

After reporting that the five suspects — four members of the same family and a friend of the family — had been paid $4 million over the past dozen years, “three times higher than the norm for a government contractor,” the analysis scolded:

“There is enough smoke to this story to merit intense news coverage. Yet, The Washington Post, the federal government’s hometown paper, had published only two stories on the Awan saga as of Tuesday, when the Post ran an explainer that looked at the story through two lenses — one conservative, one liberal.”

The analysis concludes with this observation: “It is impossible not to see a double standard. The Democrats’ IT guys enjoy the presumption of innocence. And that would be OK, if big beltway media showed the president the same courtesy.”

Those who live in glass houses …

Debbie Wassermann Schultz (AP pix via WSJ)


14 comments on “Newspaper throws stones at liberal East Coast media

  1. All you can hear from the lapdog media…is the sound of chirping crickets! Or the standard Monte Python lament…”run away, run away!”

  2. dave72 says:

    What appeared on Page 1A of the 8/13.17 Las Vegas newspaper under the byline of Debra J. Saunders didn’t even pretend to be a legitimate news story. It was an opinion piece written by a political columnist-turned-“correspondent” who has little to no experience as a legitimate news reporter unless working as a paid political hack or GOP mouthpiece counts as journalism experience. She apparently made no attempt to contact Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Imran Awan, any editors at favorite conserv

  3. dave72 says:

    ative targets Washington Post and the New York Times. She relies on the Koch brothers-funded Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. for her ammunition at Schultz, et al. It’s amazing pretend journalist Saunders never got around to helping uncover the fake Seth Rich story Fox News and the White House were so proud of pushing. I wonder if Saunders’ bosses at the Las Vegas newspaper knew her Sunday pile of opinion also ran on,,, and of course that bastion of great journalism, With a giant scoop from a right-wing pitbull watchdog group, I’d be proud to be ignored by such failing (Trump’s word) news ventures as the Wapo and NYT.

  4. Rincon says:

    So the alleged perps consist of some “Congressional informational technology employees” in one case and the President of the United States in the other, and you can’t figure out why the “left wing” media is more interested in the President’s alleged conduct? Of course, although the Post published two stories on the nerds, that’s not good enough for right wingers. I have another neglected area of news. More than 90 of us are killed in our cars every day. Killed! But we don’t see much about it in the papers. It’s a massive conspiracy I tell you!

    Pakistanis “violating security policies” (whatever that means) and allegedly stealing money is sort of a dog bites man story so far as I am concerned. Worthy of coverage, but a President is so much more interesting. Remember, all Nixon did was to attempt to cover up a burglary. I’m sure there were lots of murders during Watergate that were hardly covered at all by the media. Do you think that was unreasonable also?

  5. Steve says:

    Oh No!
    Don’t use their own media to show them they’re full of themselves, that always pisses them off and results in them parsing and spinning their own stuff!

  6. Rincon says:

    I note that while dismissing the assessment of 17 intelligence agencies, The Nation cites the work of….who? These people aren’t named and may be in the 4th grade for all I know. It’s in the DNA of Conservatives: Reject all things government and embrace all things antigovernment, regardless of merit.

  7. Steve says:

    And there you have it.
    Both are left sources, but since they do not support the modern leftist, they parse and spin as though spinning any conservative or even centrist sources that don’t feed their prejudice.

    Funny, the same people who took Bush Jr to task for WMD’s were smart then but today they “may be in the 4th grade for all” Rincon cares to allow….


  8. You’re must be slipping Rincon…that “17 Intelligence Agencies” number was dialed back to 3, weeks ago!

  9. Dang, I’m in dire need of an edit button or I need a competent proof reader! (You must be slipping). The NY Times inflated the number from 3 to 4, but this article includes the actual report pdf which clearly states it was 3 agencies!

  10. Steve says:

    Still, 4 of 17 is big difference!

  11. Rincon says:

    Your point is well taken, but 3 or 4 is still plenty (I didn’t even know there were 17. 17? Talk about excessive government!). We also haven’t addressed the other side of the equation. We have 3 or 4 intelligence services vs unknown persons, possibly 4th graders. I think I’ll put my money on the intelligence services.

  12. Steve says:

    “possibly 4th graders”

    “reasoned and reasonable”

  13. Steve says:

    But I bet this is totally legit…..because it fits with the “preferred” story the DNC wants the world to believe.

    “He’s Ukrainian. He goes by the name “Profexer.” And he’s allegedly behind the software that kicked off the Great DNC Hacking of 2016—you know, the one that may have swayed an entire American presidential election.”

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