The myth that Russia tried to turn the election in favor of Trump only survives if you close your eyes tightly and ignore what the mainstream media did, or tried to do, to help Hillary and destroy Trump. Don’t take my word for it, let’s look at what the Washington Post actually published during the week that started on 7 October, 2016, which was the day the Wikileaks dumped the first batch of Podesta emails. [NOTE–for some reason not all of the hyperlinks appear. I will work on fixing this in the coming day. I have a word document if someone wants the original. Just email me.]

Let me give you the overview statistics. During that week the Washington Post published headlines in which Hillary Clinton’s name appeared 57 times. Donald Trump, by contrast, was mentioned 194 times. On the surface it would appear that the Post was part of Trump’s publicity team. But when you look at the actual articles it is quickly apparent that the Post liked Hillary and hated Trump. In other words, there was a steady downpour of negative articles about Trump, which included calling him a racist and a sexist.

Just consider the difference in these headlines:


The headlines on Trump have an entirely different, negative tone:

  • ‘This Is the Man He Is’: How Vulgar Video Finally Pushed a Trump Supporter over the Edge (Posted 2016-10-08 23:03:48) ; A Utah Mom Had Decided to Embrace the GOP Nominee. Now She Wonders If She Deluded Herself
  • With Less Than a Month to Go, a Major Party Is Walking Away from Its Nominee (Posted 2016-10-08 23:51:26) ; Republicans Risked the Party’s Survival by Tying It to Donald Trump as He Led Them into a Crisis Both Extraordinary and Predictable
  • Elephant Stampede: Many in GOP Trying to Escape Trump
  • Trump Again Unleashes a Raft of False Claims, While Clinton’s Inaccuracies Are Few

And when it comes to the Wikileaks revelations the Post is almost a deaf mute. Yes, there are nine different articles on it during the course of the week, but many of those pieces try to put a positive spin on the revelations. For example,

  • Clinton’s Remarks Are Tempered by Time, Supporters Say
  • Did WikiLeaks Make Hillary Clinton Look Two-Faced, or Clear-Eyed? (Posted 2016-10-12 23:00:18) ;
  • Scandal! WikiLeaks Reveals Hillary Clinton to Be Reasonable. (Posted 2016-10-10 23:25:00) ; Her Remarks to Wall Street Are Generally Unremarkable

The messaging from the Washington Post with respect to the election during the week of 7 October clearly leaned on the side of Hillary. If you are the Russians and are running an info operation (i.e., stealing information, giving it to a third party to leak and counting on that info to tarnish the lead candidate) this looks like a pretty pathetic effort.

October 7, 2016

Three articles/blog posts with Clinton in the title. Only one dealing with Wiki emails.

Trump’s name appears in 18 articles/blog postings in the Post. Vast majority are negative (e.g.,Trump Recorded Having Extremely Lewd Conversation about Women in 2005 (Posted 2016-10-07 20:01:00) ; on Soap-Opera Set, the GOP Nominee Bragged about Groping and Trying to Have Sex with Women)

October 8, 2016

Four articles/blog postings with Clinton’s name in the title. Three deal with the email leaks:

There are 24 articles/blog postings on Trump (his name appears 35 times) and the vast majority are focused on the Billy Bush tape and Trump’s use of vulgar language. None of the articels are positive or encouraging of Trump’s campaign.

October 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s name appears 7 times in six different headlines/blog posts. Three of the articles dealt with something from Wikileaks.

Donald Trump’s name appears 18 times in 15 different headlines/blog posts. Again, the articles were largely negative, predicting dire consequences for anyone foolish enough to back Donald Trump.

October 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s name appears 17 times in 14 different headlines/blog posts. The articles regarding the Wikileaks revelations generally are sympathetic to Clinton (e.g., WikiLeaks Reveals Hillary Clinton to Be . Reasonable)

Donald Trump, once again, gets the lionshare of the coverage, most of it extremely negative. His name appears in the headline 52 times in 41 separate articles/blog postings. Here’s a sample: 

October 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s name appears 7 times in 7 different headlines/blog posts. None deal with Wikileaks revelations:

Donald Trump’s name apears 24 times in 23 separate headlines. The stories on Trump are largely negative and emphasize that he is losing support among his base, that he is crude and that he is a racist:

October 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s name appears 6 times in 6 different headlines/blog posts. Only one addresses the Wikileaks revelations and it tries to give the issue a positive spin:

  • As Protesters Accuse Her Husband of Rape, Clinton Blasts Trump’scorched Earth’ Tactics (Posted 2016-10-12 20:29:48) ; A Campaign Spokeswoman Said the Protests Are Part of Trump’s Effort to “Intimidate” the Democratic Nominee
  • Did WikiLeaks Make Hillary Clinton Look Two-Faced, or Clear-Eyed? (Posted 2016-10-12 23:00:18) ; Democracies Need to Have a Mature Debate on the Uses and Limits of Publicity and Privacy in Polititics
  • Gore Stumps for Clinton at Fla. Rally
  • Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan and the Relationship That Could Shape Washington (Posted 2016-10-12 16:08:28) ; the Relationship Could Become the Most Important in Washington Next Year
  • Tax Policies by Trump, Clinton ‘Couldn’t Be More Different,’ Analysis Shows
  • Trump Wages a Fight against GOP Leaders and Clinton (Posted 2016-10- 12 23:22:00) ; in Two Florida Appearances, He Attacked the Leadership of the Republican and Democratic Parties

Donald Trump’s name is mentioned 13 times in 11 different headlines/blog posts. None of the pieces cast the Trump campaign in a positive light. Instead, the pieces highlight his “scorched earth” tactics and raise the specter that he is “Running to be a Dictator.”

When it comes to running a propaganda campaign against a candidate, it sure looks like the Washington Post was doing more to hack the election in favor of Hillary than anything the Russians allegedly did. Just the facts, folks. Just the facts.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.