Consuming Journalism: References to possible wrongdoing require proper explanations and attention

On 27 May 2017, Politico ran an article focusing on Jared Kushner’s alleged attempts to establish back-channel communications with Russia. The opening sentence of the article states that the attempts “would have been viewed as not only highly improper but also possibly even illegal, according to former national security officials.” In general, the article presents a quick, reasonable overview of how and when the U.S. Government has used back channels for discreet communications with other governments or individuals. The problem with the article is that it mentions several times that the attempts could be illegal without explaining the criteria for determining that illegality or discussing who would have the authority to make that determination.

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