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CBS, NBC Refuse to Cowl Intercourse Scandal of Lincoln Mission Co-Founder

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On Sunday, The New York Occasions dropped a disturbing report that includes the accounts of 21 males who accused anti-Trump Lincoln Mission co-founder John Weaver of sending them “unsolicited and sexually provocative messages,” with one saying he was 14 years previous when he was first contacted. And regardless of selling the group, and Weaver’s admission, CBS and NBC have refused to cowl the disgusting scandal during their Monday night newscasts.

Although they solely lined the Weaver’s scandal Sunday evening, ABC’s World Information Tonight spent two and half minutes detailing a number of the accounts.

“Tonight, explosive allegations towards a prime Republican strategist and co-founder of the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Mission,” reported ABC’s Andrew Dymburt. “The New York Occasions reporting John Weaver, who labored on the presidential campaigns of John McCain and John Kasich, allegedly ‘Despatched unsolicited and sexually provocative messages’ to younger males on-line, typically providing to assist them get work in politics, in line with the report.”

Apart from asking younger males to ship him “lewd photographs,” Weaver arguably spent years grooming one man beginning when he was 14, and rising extra “sexually suggestive” as soon as he turned 18. ABC spoke with that younger man (Click on “broaden”):

DYMBURT: The Occasions, citing interviews with 21 males, together with Cole Trickle Miele, who advised The Occasions the messages started in 2015 when he was 14 years previous. They escalated over time, Trickle Miele stated, pointing to a June, 2018, trade when Weaver allegedly requested, “Are you in highschool nonetheless?” Trickle Miele, advised Weaver he can be 18 the following Spring, to which weaver replied, “You look older. You have gotten taller.”

Trickle Miele confirmed his account in The Occasions to ABC information and supplied screenshots of the messages.

COLE TRICKLE MIELE: To me, it was simply actually like – not star-struck however sort of, you already know, sort of like, “oh okay, that is cool, that is anyone greater up who’s reaching out.” And that was effective. The messages over time bought extra regarding, and suggestive, sexually suggestive.

 

 

Whereas CBS Night Information was avoiding the Lincoln Mission story, they spent a part of their Monday newscast attempting to tie former President Trump to the army coup in Myanmar.

And it wasn’t so way back that CBS was prompting the anti-Trump group. In the course of the Democratic Nationwide Conference, then-political correspondent Ed O’Keefe (now a White Home correspondent) boasted: “The person [Hillary Clinton] misplaced to is the goal of yet one more advert, produced by a Republican group looking for to unseat him.” Including: “This time, it’s centered on how he bungled the U.S. response to Hurricane Maria, after it devastated Puerto Rico.”

As for NBC’s reliance on the Lincoln Mission for content material, one simply has the search NewsBusters here to see how MSNBC was a bastion for his or her bile. And all through the Trump Presidency, the networks would gush in regards to the snide tweets Lincoln Mission co-founder George Conway would submit towards Trump. Together with ABC.

In early August of final 12 months, ABC’s This Week did a whole segment celebrating the Lincoln Project advert marketing campaign. Fill-in host Martha Raddatz was thrilled the group was “waging struggle towards the president of their very own celebration.

Blistering adverts concentrating on President Trump however not by Democrats however from a gaggle of Republicans intent on taking down the chief of their celebration. Many utilizing the President’s personal phrases towards him,” boasted ABC correspondent Mary Bruce, on the time.

Bruce was additionally grateful the group was doing then-candidate Joe Biden’s soiled work. “These adverts usually are not delicate, they’re brutal, they’re hitting trump the place it hurts, attempting to beat him at his personal sport. These are merely adverts Biden couldn’t run,” she stated.

In the meantime, Weaver, who’s married to a lady and has two children, admitted to sending the messages to the younger males. “I’m so disheartened and unhappy that I’ll have introduced discomfort to anybody,” Dymburt learn from Weaver’s assertion.

This blackout of the Lincoln Mission intercourse scandal was made potential due to profitable sponsorships from Liberty Mutual on each CBS and NBC. Their contact data is linked so you may inform them in regards to the biased information they fund. CBS Night Information has additionally requested folks to textual content anchor Norah O’Donnell at this quantity: (202) 217-1107.

The transcript is under, click on “broaden” to learn:

ABC’s World Information Tonight
January 31, 2021
6:12:56 p.m. Japanese

TOM LLAMAS: We flip now to a serious scandal involving prime Republican strategist John Weaver, the co-founder of the Lincoln Mission who labored on the presidential campaigns of John McCain and John Kasich. In accordance with The New York Occasions, a number of males say he despatched unsolicited and sexual messages on-line. ABC’s Andrew Dymburt with the small print and his response.

[Cuts to video]

ANDREW DYMBURT: Tonight, explosive allegations towards a prime Republican strategist and co-founder of the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Mission. The New York Occasions reporting John Weaver, who labored on the presidential campaigns of John McCain and John Kasich, allegedly “Despatched unsolicited and sexually provocative messages” to younger males on-line, typically providing to assist them get work in politics, in line with the report.

In some circumstances, Weaver allegedly asking for lewd photographs suggesting one man “submit a thirst lure” or “ship me a decide.”

The Occasions, citing interviews with 21 males, together with Cole Trickle Miele, who advised The Occasions the messages started in 2015 when he was 14 years previous. They escalated over time, Trickle Miele stated, pointing to a June, 2018, trade when Weaver allegedly requested, “Are you in highschool nonetheless?” Trickle Miele, advised Weaver he can be 18 the following Spring, to which weaver replied, “You look older. You have gotten taller.”

Trickle Miele confirmed his account in The Occasions to ABC information and supplied screenshots of the messages.

COLE TRICKLE MIELE: To me, it was simply actually like – not star-struck however sort of, you already know, sort of like, “oh okay, that is cool, that is anyone greater up who’s reaching out.” And that was effective. The messages over time bought extra regarding, and suggestive, sexually suggestive.

DYMBURT: In an announcement to ABC Information, Weaver steered he believed the messages had been consensual. “I’m so disheartened and unhappy that I’ll have introduced discomfort to anybody.”

LINCOLN PROJECT AD: There’s mourning in America.

DYMBURT: Weaver and lifelong Republicans fashioned the Lincoln Mission, and their group actively campaigned towards former President Trump in 2020, saying he deserted Republican ideas. Weaver spoke to 60 Minutes late final 12 months.

LESLEY STAHL: How painful is it so that you can flip towards the Republican Celebration?

JOHN WEAVER: There are moments of melancholy about it. Little doubt.

[Cuts back to live]

DYMBURT: And Weaver is now not affiliated or related to the Lincoln Mission. Tonight, the group saying in an announcement they’re shocked and sickened by these accusations. And not one of the males accuse Weaver of any illegal conduct. Tom.

LLAMAS: Andrew Dymburt for us tonight. Andrew, thanks.