John Daniel Davidson of The Federalist sums up the meaning of the media collaboration:
“The documents reveal what many conservative observers noted throughout the Obama administration: the media’s reluctance to cover anything that might damage the president or the Democratic Party, to the point of ignoring what would have been considered major scandals in a Republican administration.
“In this case, the DOJ documents show that reporters for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and ABC News didn’t want to cover the meeting on the tarmac between Lynch and Clinton, although it happened when Hillary Clinton was under a legal cloud. One reporter for the Times emailed a DOJ official to say he was “pressed into service to write about the questions being raised” by the meeting. A reporter for the Post emailed that although his editors “are still pretty interested” in the story, he wanted to “put it to rest.”
“Lynch’s potential problems are with obstruction of justice depending in part on what can be established as her state of mind at the time of the acts. That speaks to intent. The use of an alias to discuss those acts and the enlistment of outside help to conceal those acts, before and after the event, speak to mindset. Then there is her motives to have the meeting and to attempt to cover it up. .