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

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

CBS, NBC Refuse to Cowl Intercourse Scandal of Lincoln Venture Co-FounderOn Sunday, The New York Instances dropped a disturbing report that includes the accounts of 21 males who accused anti-Trump Lincoln Venture co-founder John Weaver of sending them “unsolicited and sexually provocative messages,” with one saying he was 14 years outdated when he was first contacted.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 all over their Monday night newscasts.

Although they solely coated the Weaver’s scandal Sunday night time, ABC’s World Information Tonight spent two and half minutes detailing a few of the accounts.

“Tonight, explosive allegations towards a prime Republican strategist and co-founder of the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Venture,” reported ABC’s Andrew Dymburt. “The New York Instances 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, generally providing to assist them get work in politics, in response to the report.”

Apart from asking younger males to ship him “lewd pictures,” 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 Instances, citing interviews with 21 males, together with Cole Trickle Miele, who instructed The Instances the messages started in 2015 when he was 14 years outdated. They escalated over time, Trickle Miele mentioned, pointing to a June, 2018, change when Weaver allegedly requested, “Are you in highschool nonetheless?” Trickle Miele, instructed Weaver he could be 18 the following Spring, to which weaver replied, “You look older. You’ve got gotten taller.”

Trickle Miele confirmed his account in The Instances to ABC information and offered 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 any individual increased up who’s reaching out.” And that was fantastic. The messages over time bought extra regarding, and suggestive, sexually suggestive.

Whereas CBS Night Information was avoiding the Lincoln Venture story, they spent a part of their Monday newscast making an attempt 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. Throughout 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 one more advert, produced by a Republican group looking for to unseat him.” Including: “This time, it’s targeted on how he bungled the U.S. response to Hurricane Maria, after it devastated Puerto Rico.”

As for NBC’s reliance on the Lincoln Venture 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 concerning the snide tweets Lincoln Venture co-founder George Conway would submit towards Trump. Together with ABC.

In early August of final yr, 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 conflict towards the president of their very own occasion.

Blistering advertisements focusing on President Trump however not by Democrats however from a gaggle of Republicans intent on taking down the chief of their occasion. 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 advertisements are usually not delicate, they’re brutal, they’re hitting trump the place it hurts, making an attempt to beat him at his personal sport. These are merely advertisements Biden couldn’t run,” she mentioned.

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

This blackout of the Lincoln Venture intercourse scandal was made attainable due to profitable sponsorships from Liberty Mutual on each CBS and NBC. Their contact data is linked so you possibly can inform them concerning 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 beneath, click on “broaden” to learn:

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

TOM LLAMAS: We flip now to a significant scandal involving prime Republican strategist John Weaver, the co-founder of the Lincoln Venture who labored on the presidential campaigns of John McCain and John Kasich. In keeping with The New York Instances, a number of males say he despatched unsolicited and sexual messages on-line. ABC’s Andrew Dymburt with the main points 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 Venture. The New York Instances 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, generally providing to assist them get work in politics, in response to the report.

In some circumstances, Weaver allegedly asking for lewd pictures suggesting one man “submit a thirst entice” or “ship me a choose.”

The Instances, citing interviews with 21 males, together with Cole Trickle Miele, who instructed The Instances the messages started in 2015 when he was 14 years outdated. They escalated over time, Trickle Miele mentioned, pointing to a June, 2018, change when Weaver allegedly requested, “Are you in highschool nonetheless?” Trickle Miele, instructed Weaver he could be 18 the following Spring, to which weaver replied, “You look older. You’ve got gotten taller.”

Trickle Miele confirmed his account in The Instances to ABC information and offered 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 any individual increased up who’s reaching out.” And that was fantastic. The messages over time bought extra regarding, and suggestive, sexually suggestive.

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

LINCOLN PROJECT AD: There’s mourning in America.

DYMBURT: Weaver and lifelong Republicans shaped the Lincoln Venture, and their group actively campaigned towards former President Trump in 2020, saying he deserted Republican rules. Weaver spoke to 60 Minutes late final yr.

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

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

[Cuts back to live]

DYMBURT: And Weaver is not affiliated or related to the Lincoln Venture. 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.