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Brit Hume: collusion story is the ‘worst journalistic debacle of my lifetime‘

Brit Hume, senior political analyst for Fox News, slammed the mainstream media for perpetrating the “worst journalistic debacle” of his lifetime, and questioned their inability to learn anything from their actions pertaining to the Russian collusion story.

Hume, who previously had spent over 20 years with ABC News, spoke to Brit Baier on Fox News Special Report Monday. Baier noted how the reporting had been “quite wide off the mark” over the last year and 10 months.

“If you think about it, Bret, this investigation actually goes back to about the middle of 2016, so it’s been going on for quite a long time and this endless speculation about it and indeed the accusations about it that came out of many mouths on cable television and in the public prints, the list of people who got it wrong is really quite extensive,” Hume said.

“And, you know, to include many news organizations that got the prospect of Donald Trump being elected in the first place badly wrong and seemed not to learn very much from that,” he explained. “One hopes, and expects, perhaps, that after this debacle, and that’s exactly what it is, in the worst journalistic debacle of my lifetime, that there’ll be some serious soul searching.

“Unfortunately, Bret, I’m not seeing a lot of it,” Hume continued, “I noticed that a couple of our cable news competitors have moved on, kind of, seamlessly on to speculation about obstruction of justice now, following as they so often seem to do, the Democratic party script.

“It was really quite remarkable,” he concluded.

Hume went on to opine that the journalistic debacle was worse than that of the coverage of WMD, or weapons of mass destruction, that precipitated the Iraq War because that was based on an intelligence gathering failure, not coverage by journalists.

He also said that the media has been embarrassed by the attention they gave to Michael Avenatti, the anti-Trump attorney who has been charged with several counts of extortion Monday. Many in the mainstream media had Avenatti on multiple times, even taking him seriously as a presidential candidate.

Here’s the video of Hume’s comments:


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