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

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

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co-founder John Weaver of sending them “unsolicited and sexually provocative messages,” with one saying he was 14 years outdated when he was first contacted.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

“Tonight, explosive allegations towards a prime Republican strategist and co-founder of the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Challenge,” 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, based on the report.”

In addition to asking younger males to ship him “lewd images,” 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21 males, together with Cole Trickle Miele, who advised The Instances the messages started in 2015 when he was 14 years outdated. They escalated over time, 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 subsequent Spring, to which weaver replied, “You look older. You have 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 form of, you recognize, form of like, “oh okay, that is cool, that is any person greater up who’s reaching out.” And that was effective. The messages over time bought extra regarding, and suggestive, sexually suggestive.

Whereas CBS Night Information was avoiding the Lincoln Challenge 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 in search of 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 Challenge 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 Challenge co-founder George Conway would publish 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 warfare towards the president of their very own social gathering.

Blistering adverts focusing on President Trump however not by Democrats however from a bunch of Republicans intent on taking down the chief of their social gathering. 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 adverts should 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 adverts Biden couldn’t run,” she stated.

In the meantime, Weaver, who’s married to a girl and has two children, 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 Challenge intercourse scandal was made potential due to profitable sponsorships from Liberty Mutual on each CBS and NBC. Their contact data is linked so you’ll be able to 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 serious scandal involving prime Republican strategist John Weaver, the co-founder of the Lincoln Challenge who labored on the presidential campaigns of John McCain and John Kasich. In accordance with The New York Instances, a number of males say he despatched unsolicited and sexual messages on-line. ABC’s Andrew Dymburt with the small print 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 Challenge. 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, based on the report.

In some circumstances, Weaver allegedly asking for lewd images suggesting one man “publish a thirst entice” 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 outdated. They escalated over time, 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 subsequent Spring, to which weaver replied, “You look older. You have 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 form of, you recognize, form of like, “oh okay, that is cool, that is any person greater up who’s reaching out.” And that was effective. The messages over time bought extra regarding, and suggestive, sexually suggestive.

DYMBURT: In a press release to ABC Information, Weaver prompt 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 Challenge, and their group actively campaigned towards former President Trump in 2020, saying he deserted Republican ideas. Weaver spoke to 60 Minutes late final yr.

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

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 Challenge. Tonight, the group saying in a press release 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.