(PresidentialInsider.com)- The weaponized media under Trump’s leadership has been further illuminated by recently published information concerning his former White House staff secretary, who was the target of a sabotage campaign and publicly vilified during the height of the #MeToo movement in 2018.
Rob Porter, a former White House staff secretary, was the subject of an “extraordinary smear” investigation by The Daily Wire, which has brought attention to the need for greater public accountability for the media’s propensity to fabricate stories and caricature conservative figures.
In the White House, Rob Porter played a behind-the-scenes role in policy coordination and briefing President Trump on essential topics. At the beginning of 2018, his ex-wives Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby accused him of domestic abuse, leading to his resignation as staff secretary.
The #MeToo movement helped create and sustain a sensational narrative that featured stories about these charges in publications like The Daily Mail, The Intercept, and CNN. This narrative has now been refuted by testimony and public records.
The allegations Porter’s ex-wives made to the media ultimately led to a full-fledged character assassination that went beyond Porter as a person and raised questions about security protocols in the White House itself.
Ashe Schow of The Daily Wire has spoken with Rob Porter and other people close to him during his marriages, including his ex-wives. After several years, Schow’s inquiry delved deeply into the claims that sparked a media frenzy and the #MeToo controversy in 2018.
The testimony of Porter’s friends, associates, coworkers, family, and even his ex-wife Jennifer Willoughby has shown that the reality of his marriage was practically the exact contrary to the media narrative that first surfaced in the tabloids during the White House #MeToo controversy. Schow’s inquiry revealed a number of details that contradicted and refuted Holderness and Willoughby’s sensationalized descriptions of the alleged abuse.
Schow’s research found no evidence that any domestic violence occurred during Porter’s marriages to Jennifer Willoughby and Carole Porter. The scandalizing cycle could repeat in the political environment of 2022. Media is deprived of its independence as it is monetarily motivated to stir up controversy for content sales. A greater level of media accountability is required for issues like the FBI’s investigation of Donald Trump. Frida Ghitis: A relatively small divide has formed between the interests of the state and the media in American civil society.
She says it is insufficient to say that “facts matter” when the facts themselves are submerged in ideological meaning. She says that failing to demand a widespread resurgence of fact-based reporting is a surrender of the goal of ensuring equitable access to information about government.