Devin Nunes: We’re Witnessing “the Collapse of the Media”
At a Conservative Political Action Conference that starred some of the biggest names in American conservativism, including President Donald Trump, the star of the show may have been none other than Rep. Devin Nunes of California.
Nunes, who has been on the front lines of the Republican inquiry into the shady intelligence community mechanisms that led to the Trump/Russia investigation, spoke to the conference this weekend just as the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released their rebuttal memo to the public. In his Q&A session with CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp, Nunes said he did not expect the Democrats’ memo to fool anyone.
“We actually wanted this out,” he said. “It’s clear evidence that the Democrats are not only covering this up, but they’re also colluding with parts of the government to cover this up.”
Nunes said that the House Intelligence Committee’s inquiry into the Russian scandal had uncovered nothing that would endanger Trump’s presidency.
“We’ve seen no evidence of collusion,” he said.
To which Schlapp corrected: “We’ve seen no evidence of Republicans colluding.”
“That’s fair,” Nunes said with a hint of a smile.
Nunes was greeted by an enthusiastic audience that recognized his defense of the president with cheers of “Thank You!” The audience roared with approval as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee explained why it was necessary to release a memo that showed how much information the FBI hid from the FISA court.
“Our memo was for one purpose only, and that was to show that FISA abuse occurred,” he said. “They are advocating that it’s okay for the FBI and DOJ to use political dirt paid for by one campaign and use it against another political campaign.”
He said that while it was disturbing to see the lengths to which the Obama administration went to justify spying on an American citizen and a political opponent, it was just as disturbing to watch the American news media take sides against the truth.
“What you’re really seeing is the collapse of the media,” he said. “It’s really sad. Most Americans now understand that no matter where you’re getting your news from, it’s going to be biased.”
That is, perhaps, a sad development if you look at it from one perspective. Certainly, the mainstream media has been far worse in their biases lately than ever before, even if it has always leaned left.
From another perspective, however, this shows an outgrowth of attention and maturity on the part of the American voter. To know that a news source is biased is power. It doesn’t mean you stop listening to anything News Organization A says, it just means you know where they’re coming from. It means you have the tools to gather news from a variety of sources, compare them, and come to your own conclusions. This puts the power in your hands and allows you to be better informed than any generation has ever been about news and politics.
It may be bad news for the liberal powers-that-be, but it’s excellent news for the country.