Conservatives are screaming that the ‘MSM’ is ignoring this new Hillary Clinton/Uranium story. I think the story itself gives a pretty good explanation of why it’s generally being ignored outside of the Fox-o-sphere. But I wanted to give you some more background that may be helpful to understanding the dynamics.
The key is the byline: John Solomon.
For years, Solomon was a top national politics reporter for the AP. His byline was ubiquitous. Over time, he also became notorious. Among colleagues he was known as the softest touch for GOP oppo researchers. All reporters get oppo research from partisans. They should. It can provide great leads. But oppo always comes with huge helpings of spin that can range from merely cosmetic to flat out dishonest. It is the reporter’s job to sift it down to the verifiable facts and determine whether there’s a story. Solomon was the guy for Republicans to go when no one else would bite.
A decade-plus ago when I would watch all this stuff I had a hard time getting a sense of whether Solomon was a partisan or whether he was just easy and Republicans were more aggressive about pitching him than Democrats. It was literally a source of jokes among Republican operatives that if you had something no one else would run with you would bring it to Solomon. I heard a lot of them.
Solomon’s subsequent career resolved any confusion. For the last decade or so he’s bounced around mainly right-wing media outlets like The Washington Times. Most recently he resurfaced as the head of Circa, once a legitimate and innovative news site that was purchased by Sinclair Broadcasting and turned into a kind Trump-ite chop-shop. (Look at how many only-on-Fox stories over recent months were published by Circa. Recently he left Circa for The Hill. And now here we are.
Every story should be analyzed on its own merits. As I said, this story doesn’t really add up even if you don’t look at the byline. But I think Solomon’s track record is probably adding to the perception that the story is another hit job aimed at drawing attention away from the Russia scandal and all the other damaging stories surrounding the President. Why The Hill hooked up with Solomon is another question and is a bit of a mystery to me.
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