On Friday morning, President Trump used his Twitter account to inform his nearly 60 million followers about a story he suggested the "corrupt" media is deliberately downplaying: the indictment of one of former President Obama's top legal advisers, Gregory B. Craig.
"President Obama’s top White House lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was indicted yesterday on very serious charges," Trump tweeted Friday. "This is a really big story, but the Fake News New York Times didn’t even put it on page one, rather page 16. @washingtonpost not much better, 'tiny' page one. Corrupt News!"
President Obama’s top White House lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was indicted yesterday on very serious charges. This is a really big story, but the Fake News New York Times didn’t even put it on page one, rather page 16. @washingtonpost not much better, “tiny” page one. Corrupt News!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
It is no surprise that the media is not covering the story with the same vitriol as if it were a Trump admin lawyer. But Trump will always take the opportunity to point this hypocrisy out.
While Trump slammed the media for not giving the story enough attention, all the major outlets did cover the indictment, though, as he notes, some featured it less prominently than others. Most of the mainstream outlets also underscored in the title of the piece Craig's connection to Obama: "Obama White House counsel Greg Craig charged with lying to prosecutors about foreign lobbying," the title of CNBC's report reads. "Former Obama WH counsel Greg Craig indicted in charges connected to Mueller probe," CNN's title reads. "Greg Craig, former Obama White House counsel, indicted in case linked to Mueller probe," CBS News reports.
Craig has been charged with lying and hiding information from federal authorities about his work related to Ukraine in 2012 and 2013, after he had left the Obama administration at the end of 2009. Like many of the charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the charges stem from Craig's alleged failure to fully cooperate with the Russia probe.