FUN WITH NEWS, COMEY EDITION

A great way to enjoy the news is to compare two articles from very different publications, left and right, and  I hope we’ve all been enjoying the best show on any media today. I certainly have, and afterward I turned to the ‘Net news. Reading the Times is hearing the preacher to the choir, so I turned first to the New York Post.  

This is a very thrown-together, so it’s not in the best shape. First, the article headline of the main article, then excerpts (note how the post outed someone), then statements from both papers’ editorials. Note how the Post outed someone and how the Times did not, and note the difference in writing style.

From NY Post

(front web page):

James Comey repeatedly calls Trump a liar at Senate hearing

Ousted FBI chief James Comey repeatedly accused President Trump of spreading lies during his hotly anticipated Senate hearing Thursday.

Testifying as part of a Congressional probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election, the former top-G man said the president “lied” and “defamed” him when he claimed the FBI was in “turmoil” under Comey’s told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey said he gave the memo, which did not contain classified information, to a friend of his who is a professor of law at Columbia Law School — later identified as his longtime adviser Daniel Richman.

Up to that point, the Post was playing nicer than I’d expect.

 Editorial 

Whatever Comey says under questioning Thursday, Congress plainly needs to demand those memos and any similar ones from his entire FBI tenure.

To date, the “cloud” over Trump is made entirely of conjecture, rumor and anonymous leaks. The public deserves hard evidence

nypost.com  (The article is off the site now.)

 

From NY Times

(front Web page):

Comey Says Trump Tried to Derail Inquiry and Accuses the White House of ‘Lies’

Article

— James B. Comey, the recently fired F.B.I. director, said Thursday in an extraordinary Senate hearing that he believed that President Trump had clearly tried to derail an F.B.I. investigation into his former national security adviser and that the president had lied and defamed him.

Mr. Comey, no longer constrained by the formalities of a government job, offered a blunt, plain-spoken assessment of a president whose conversations unnerved him from the day they met, weeks before Mr. Trump took office.

Two days after Mr. Comey was ousted, The New York Times reported that Mr. Trump had asked him to pledge loyalty to him. The president then tweeted that Mr. Comey had “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’” of their meetings.

That post inspired Mr. Comey, who responded by allowing a friend to read portions of a memo about his interactions with the president to The Times.

Editorial:

The prepared remarks of James Comey, the former F.B.I. director, which the Senate released in advance of his sworn testimony before the Intelligence Committee on Thursday, tell a shocking story.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/us/politics/comey-hearing-trump-russia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-ab-top-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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