Andrew McCabe paid $70,000 for a conference table, and the FBI covered it up, and not one mainstream outlet is reporting on this.
Is this a big story? The table itself isn’t. The abuse of the redaction process should be. Democracy dies in darkness, according to the Washington Post.
And according to the media, it was a huge story when Ben Carson ordered $31,000 in table wear. There are 22,000 results for that.
And there are 219,000 results for Ryan Zinke’s door, which cost $180,000.
Not one mainstream media outlet is covering McCabe’s $70,000 table.
This is a form of fake news based around selective focus.
There’s overspending on all sides, but if you only focus on one side’s spending, you mislead the reader into believing only one side is doing it.
Now if you’re a partisan, using selective focus is effective and advised. If you’re a media outlet claiming to be impartial, and freaking out when Elon Musk calls you out, then you should cover the McCabe table.
And, again, who cares about the $70,000 table. It’s the FBI. The table is probably a cool James Bond thing.
There’s a real issue here, namely that McCabe and the FBI lied to Congress about it. Here’s what was uncovered in a now unredacted memo:
Page: No way to change the room. The table alone was [70k]. (You can’t repeat that!) No, instead it just means we now have to get a small conference table for his actual office, so that he can actually have a meeting that is intimate
These dishonest media methods aren’t new. I made a film about fake news, and am working on a larger feature, Hoaxed.
In the meantime, enjoy Unconvention: Exposing Fake News at the RNC and DNC.
Although focused around a temporal moment in time, the theme is timeless.