On Tuesday, August 21, Paul Manafort was found guilty for eight of 18 counts of criminal activity charged against him. None of the charges were in any way related to President Trump, his campaign, or Russian agencies.
On the same day, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts related to campaign finance violations. Again, none of these had any relation to President Trump doing any collusion with Russia.
However, even the conservative media is forced to try to explain to its viewing public how this should not be taken as any sort of implication against President Trump, because, of course, CNN and the rest of the mainstream media is making as strong implications as possible, such as these:
CBS: (from their newspiece) – “Donald Trump personally directed Michael Cohen to commit a crime…”
CNN: Headline – “Two courtroom dramas leave Trump’s presidency on a cliffhanger”
The New Yorker: Headline – “With the Manafort convictions and Cohen plea, President Trump has been implicated in a criminal conspiracy”
The Washington Post: Headline – “Michael Cohen says he worked to silence two women ‘in coordination’ with Trump to influence 2016 election.”
The New York Times: Headline – “Cohen, Manfort and Trump: What’s next?”
This pattern permeated most of the mainstream outlets on Tuesday as the plea and verdicts’ news were made public.
However, does this situation really represent danger for President Trump and his agenda, and does it present danger in view of the November midterms? These questions are, of course, the topic of concern for everyone who has a dog in this race. The mainstream media is betting on the success of this media attack, fresh on the heels of a united front style editorial blitz in which some 350 news publications printed op-eds and related pieces attacking the President for his rhetoric against the press.
At this point, the overall answer is probably difficult to see. Some facts are clear. Sean Hannity makes some of these most clear here:
HANNITY: Without a doubt,