Fox News analyst Brit Hume blasted the mainstream media in a scathing rebuke for the “worst journalistic debacle” of his lifetime.
The veteran journalist called out the “bad reporting” on Robert Mueller’s investigation which wrapped up with a report exonerating President Trump of collusion with Russia during the 2016 election campaign.
Hume spoke with Fox News “America’s Newsroom” co-anchor Sandra Smith on Monday, unloading a scathing rebuke on the people “in this business, in our business,” who “need to look back and say: ‘How in the world did several major news organs, networks, newspapers and so on devote so much time to what turned out to be utterly baseless speculation about the most serious crime you could imagine, mounting in some cases in the accusations we heard to treason?’”
He explained that he used the word “debacle” to describe “the political accusation of collusion, which occupied our media and our politics for two years now in all the ways that have been described in this enormous investigation, which has now cleared the president on this whole collusion narrative.”
“I’ve been in this business about 50 years. I’ve never seen anything quite this bad last this long,” Hume, who spent over two decades at ABC News before joining the Fox News Channel in 1996, said. “It was a terrible thing. It needs to be investigated. There needs to be a lot of soul-searching among many leading members of the media today and going forward.”
Smith questioned whether Hume was “seeing any sort of admission” by left in the wake of their collusion narrative being obliterated by Mueller’s findings.
“Alas, I am not,” Hume replied, saying he was seeing instead “a handful of honest liberal journalists who have no use for Trump agreeing that this was bad reporting all the way, and some of them have been doing it for some time.”
In fact, most of the liberal media simply had a meltdown at the news that Mueller was issuing no more indictment and had ended the probe.
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“The catalog of baseless speculation and wild accusation is very long indeed, and I’m seeing very few signs of any real introspection,” he said, noting that the left will move on to “yet another wild goose chase.”
Hume reiterated his points in an appearance later Monday on “Special Report,” telling host Bret Baier that the “list of people who got it wrong is really quite extensive,” and contending that they would probably not learn from their mistakes.
“If you think about it, Bret, this investigation actually goes back to about the middle of 2016, so it’s been going on for quite a long time and this endless speculation about it and indeed the accusations about it that came out of many mouths on cable television and in the public prints, the list of people who got it wrong is really quite extensive,” Hume said.
“And, you know, to include many news organizations that got the prospect of Donald Trump being elected in the first place badly wrong and seemed not to learn very much from that,” he added.
“One hopes, and expects, perhaps, that after this debacle, and that’s exactly what it is, in the worst journalistic debacle of my lifetime, that there’ll be some serious soul searching,” Hume said.
“Unfortunately, Bret, I’m not seeing a lot of it,” he continued. “I noticed that a couple of our cable news competitors have moved on, kind of, seamlessly on to speculation about obstruction of justice now, following as they so often seem to do, the Democratic party script.”
The television veteran concluded that it was all just “remarkable.”
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