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Reps. Lamar Smith & Alex Mooney op-ed: The Real Russia Scandal the Media Is Ignoring

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We’ve heard much ado about Trump-Russia “collusion” in the print and broadcast media since the president’s inauguration.

The media’s interest in this non-story has not ceased. Yet when reports emerged last year that Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, that story was mostly ignored by the major networks.

As co-chairs of the House Media Fairness Caucus, we sent letters to the presidents of ABC, CBS, and NBC News concerning their lack of coverage of this actual Russian scandal. Despite the severity of the allegations, at the time of our letter, the three networks had only spent a combined 4 minutes and 38 seconds covering the story.

In comparison, the networks had spent 1,000-plus minutes on their Trump-Russia collusion stories since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, representing 20 percent of all their coverage of the Trump presidency.

As secretary of state, Clinton’s role was critical to the sale of Uranium One—a uranium mining company—to the Russian-controlled firm Rosatom. The House Intelligence Committee, along with the FBI, opened an investigation into this deal.

Read the rest of the op-ed HERE.

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