Applying the Hypocritical Oath
This morning, a Wheeling "newspaper" finally got around to covering the Michael Flynn immunity story. (See next post down.) On page 6, readers will find:
President Urging Flynn to Cut Deal
However, what follows is only the first half of the AP story. What's edited out, however, raises questions about the Intelligencer's fairness to the original AP story and obviously its readers. For example, here's the last Intelligencer paragraph published and the first two paragraphs (in bold) that were dropped from their coverage:
Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, said no “reasonable person” who has a lawyer would answer questions without assurances that he would not be prosecuted, given calls from some members of Congress that the retired lieutenant general should face criminal charges.
In September, Flynn weighed in on the implications of immunity on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her associates in the FBI’s investigation into her use of a private email server.
“When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime,” Flynn said during the interview.
Of course there's an easy answer that explains the Intelligencer edit -- our local papers, like a number of other conservative Republican newspapers, obviously subscribe to the Hypocritical Oath. (Note -- the Hypocritical Oath should not to be confused with the Hippocratic Oath which is taken by physicians.) The Hypocritical Oath essentially says that conservative newspapers should ignore ethical reporting standards when Republican actions and statements obviously contradict what they did and said previously. Democrats, however, are fair game.
Note - no link to the Intelligencer version because the story is not on their site.