Apparently, their already-stellar record of reporting fake news has not yet satisfied establishment media’s hunger for publishing lies about the Trump administration. This time, they deliberately misrepresented statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Turning Point USA High School Summit.
While Sessions was giving a speech at the event, the audience began chanting “lock her up,” which was a popular refrain at conservative rallies during the 2016 campaign. Sessions’ response sent left-wing journalists into a frenzy. Like a shark catching a whiff of blood in the water, they rushed to spin the story into an utter falsehood.
How the Media Reported Sessions’ Speech
When the students began chanting “lock her up,” Sessions chuckled and said: “Lock her up. I heard that a long time over the last campaign.” Then, the Attorney General continued his speech — which had nothing to do with imprisoning Hillary Clinton. True to form, several left-leaning news outlets reported on Sessions’ speech as if he had joined in on the chant.
The New York Times published a piece titled “Jeff Sessions Laughs and Echoes ‘Lock Her Up’ Chant With Conservative High Schoolers.” In the article, the author describes the Attorney General’s brief comments, then chides him for seeming to lack objectivity. “Law enforcement officials are expected to maintain political objectivity with regard to issues that could be investigated by agencies under their purview.”
NBC News put out an article titled “Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeats ‘lock her up’ chant at high school event.” But they took a different approach. They spent the first few paragraphs discussing the speech, and then they used the rest of the article to promote the Russia collusion narrative.Jeff Sessions
The author references the fact that Trump indicated that Clinton should not be elected because she was under investigation. Then, he runs straight into “let’s pretend Trump colluded with Russia” territory. He writes: “Multiple Trump campaign aides have since faced criminal charges, including Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.”
Not to be outdone, CNN engaged in the most egregious false reporting on this story. When they aired the story on their network, they played only the part of the clip where Sessions laughs and says “lock her up,” leaving out the rest of his response. But they didn’t stop there. Chris Cillizza penned a piece titled “Why Jeff Sessions said ‘lock her up’ — and why it matters,” in which he accuses the Attorney General of being too political. “Why is Sessions doing something that quite obviously politicizes the office of attorney general and raises questions about his own ability to be objective?” Of course, Mr. Cillizza didn’t have anything to say about the lack of objectivity in the F.B.I. during the Clinton investigation.
What Really Happened
So here’s the real story: Jeff Sessions did not join in on the “lock her up” chant, nor did he start the chant. He simply laughed, repeated the phrase, then stated that he heard it many times on the campaign trail. It was clear that the Attorney General was simply acknowledging the high schoolers’ chant, not chanting with them. Of course, the media just can’t help themselves.
Instead of reporting on his actual comments, they attempted to mislead the American public by implying that he is politically-motivated in his position. Interestingly enough, Sessions has not made a single move towards imprisoning Clinton — much to the consternation of some on the right. Indeed, if he truly wanted to prosecute the former secretary of state, it probably wouldn’t be too difficult.
The list of lies the establishment media has been telling since the 2016 campaign seems to grow each day, and it doesn’t look like our vaunted fourth estate is going to stop anytime soon. It appears that they haven’t realized the American public has lost faith in their reporting because of stories such as this. The more the media lies, the less seriously they are taken.