CNN Manages to Blow the House Ethics Story

January 3, 2017,

This is turning out to be an embarrassing morning for CNN. They are falling over themselves to press the idea that Donald Trump made last night's House ethics blow up as a story. Trump tweeted this morning, seemingly criticizing the House GOP's decision to essentially abolish by Office of Congressional Ethics. But it's important to note the 'criticism' was highly circumscribed. He criticized the timing, while agreeing that that independent oversight was "unfair". But the bigger point is that this started blowing up last night and was full firestorm before Trump said anything.

Late Update: WaPo too: GOP caved after Trump stepped in.

This is a good example that much of the press will reflexively rush to praise Trump for things he had little or nothing to do with: faux jobs, ethics leadership and so much more.

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Associated Press: https://twitter.com/AP/status/816335245477822464

CNN: https://twitter.com/CNN/status/816333159805632513

WashPost: https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/816333056206368768

Politico: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/gop-congress-ethics-office-233123

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