Robert Mueller has issued 17 indictments and taken 5 guilty pleas; so far.
Yet despite what most Americans perceive to be a very steady drumbeat of Trump-Russia news, the majority of the public is completely unaware of these critical facts.
That suggests that the press as a whole has not done a good job of actually conveying factual information to our audience, that Democrats’ messaging on the investigation has not been clear enough on the most damning point (Trump, even if otherwise innocent, is guilty of hiring crooks and trying to prevent an investigation into their activity), and that Trump’s counterstrategy of muddying the waters around the investigation has been fairly successful.
Gosh, how did that happen, Lesley Stahl?
Stahl, who was speaking at the Deadline Club Awards in Manhattan, told the audience that she and a colleague had met with the then-President-elect at Trump Tower in order to prepare for the interview. At one point Trump started ranting against the press, and Stahl said she took the opportunity to ask him what the point of his attacks were.And maybe absorbing the fact it took her almost 2 years to say it? Press complicity? No, of course not! They're just the megaphone, donchaknow! They have a responsibility to remain "objective"!
“Why do you keep hammering at this?” she recounted to PBS’ Judy Woodruff.
According to Stahl, who was paraphrasing, Trump replied, “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.”
Looking stunned, Woodruff told Stahl, “We’re all absorbing what you just said.”