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Feb162017

POLITICS/MEDIA: Donald Trump presidency, divergent media narratives?: Report/analysis, "Divided Media on Michael Flynn: Patriotic Leaks or Political Espionage" ....

* New York Times (Sydney Ember):  "Divided Media on Michael Flynn: Patriotic Leaks or Poltiical Espionage" - From the NYT:

In the hours since Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser late Monday, two narratives have emerged.

One, embraced by many in the traditional legacy media, centered on what Mr. Flynn had done that led to his resignation: discussing sanctions against Russia in a conversation with the Russian ambassador, and then misleading Vice President Mike Pence about it. The other, which developed among the more right-leaning news media, focused on the leaks from Washington that had put pressure on Mr. Flynn to step aside, and whether these leaks were intended to damage President Trump. One narrative holds Mr. Flynn, and others who knew about his discussions, accountable. The other portrays Mr. Flynn more as a victim.

The focus on leaks intensified on Wednesday, after The New York Times reported late Tuesday that Trump aides and associates had made repeated contact with senior Russian officials during the presidential campaign.

Which narrative does Mr. Trump ascribe to? On Tuesday morning, he attributed Mr. Flynn’s resignation to “illegal leaks. On Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump again denounced the leaks in a blizzard of tweets.

It is not unusual for news media to promote different story angles. And the division between left-leaning and right-leaning news organizations is certainly not new. But the rift between the mainstream media and more partisan news organizations has grown starker in the nearly four weeks since Mr. Trump took office, reflecting a widening political and ideological rift.

The growing division means that some readers are getting their news through an ever-narrowing prism. Americans who get their information predominantly from Breitbart News, a right-wing news and opinion site, for instance, or from the conservative Fox News are getting a very different version of the news from Americans who read The Washington Post or watch CNN ....................