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

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On Sunday, The New York Instances dropped a disturbing report that includes the accounts of 21 males who accused anti-Trump Lincoln Undertaking 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 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 number of the accounts.

“Tonight, explosive allegations in opposition to a high Republican strategist and co-founder of the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Undertaking,” 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, typically providing to assist them get work in politics, in line with 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 advised The Instances the messages started in 2015 when he was 14 years previous. They escalated through the years, 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’ve got gotten taller.”

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

COLE TRICKLE MIELE: To me, it was simply actually like – not star-struck however form of, you already know, form of like, “oh okay, that is cool, that is any individual increased up who’s reaching out.” And that was nice. The messages through the years acquired extra regarding, and suggestive, sexually suggestive.

 

 

Whereas CBS Night Information was avoiding the Lincoln Undertaking story, they spent a part of their Monday newscast making an attempt to tie former President Trump to the navy coup in Myanmar.

And it wasn’t so way back that CBS was prompting the anti-Trump group. Through 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 searching 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 Undertaking 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 Undertaking co-founder George Conway would publish in opposition to 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 warfare in opposition to 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 in opposition to 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 aren’t refined, they’re brutal, they’re hitting trump the place it hurts, making an attempt 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 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 Undertaking intercourse scandal was made doable due to profitable sponsorships from Liberty Mutual on each CBS and NBC. Their contact info is linked so you possibly can 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 beneath, 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 significant scandal involving high Republican strategist John Weaver, the co-founder of the Lincoln Undertaking who labored on the presidential campaigns of John McCain and John Kasich. Based on 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 in opposition to a high Republican strategist and co-founder of the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Undertaking. 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, typically providing to assist them get work in politics, in line with the report.

In some instances, Weaver allegedly asking for lewd pictures suggesting one man “publish a thirst lure” or “ship me a decide.”

The Instances, citing interviews with 21 males, together with Cole Trickle Miele, who advised The Instances the messages started in 2015 when he was 14 years previous. They escalated through the years, 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’ve got gotten taller.”

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

COLE TRICKLE MIELE: To me, it was simply actually like – not star-struck however form of, you already know, form of like, “oh okay, that is cool, that is any individual increased up who’s reaching out.” And that was nice. The messages through the years acquired extra regarding, and suggestive, sexually suggestive.

DYMBURT: In an announcement to ABC Information, Weaver urged he believed the messages have 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 Undertaking, and their group actively campaigned in opposition to 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 in opposition to 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 Undertaking. 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.