So blatant, it’s almost comical. Maybe I am wrong but isn’t the biggest part of the story the indictment of Manafort – severity of the crimes, his name recognition, etc. However CNN chose to open with an unheard of guy who plead guilty to lying to the FBI. They finally get to Manafort in paragraph 3 starting with “in addition”.
Below are the first paragraphs of CNN’s report on the Special Counsel indictments released today (bolding is mine):
In court records unsealed on Monday, the FBI said George Papadopoulos “falsely described his interactions with a certain foreign contact who discussed ‘dirt’ related to emails” concerning Hillary Clinton. Records also describe an email between Trump campaign officials suggesting they were considering acting on Russian invitations to go to Russia.
In addition, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump campaign official Rick Gates surrendered Monday to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.
The charges against top officials from Trump’s campaign signals a dramatic new phase of Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump’s team as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.
Papadopoulos’ guilty plea brings the Mueller probe into actions that occurred during the 2016 campaign. The charges against Manafort and Gates are unrelated to the Trump campaign, though it’s possible Mueller could add additional charges.
and the NY Times headline at least has Manafort in the title, throws in a Trump reference but ends with the no-name admitting to lying. But at least they spent the first 5 paragraphs on the indictment against Manafort.
NY Times headline:
Paul Manafort, Once of Trump Campaign, Indicted as an Adviser Admits to Lying About Ties to Russia