Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz’s ex-IT aide was indicted on four counts of conspiracy Thursday, but major media networks ignored the Democratic scandal.
A federal grand jury indicted Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, for allegedly committing bank fraud, giving false statements, and making unlawful monetary transactions. Awan was arrested in July at Dulles airport while boarding a flight to Pakistan. (RELATED: Two Former Wasserman Schultz IT Aides Indicted For Conspiracy Against US)
The full story of the Awan family is long and complicated and has been covered fully by The Daily Caller, but those who get their news from CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and NBC–i.e. some of the largest television news networks–would be completely unaware of developments about this case.
None of the aforementioned networks dedicated any time to informing viewers that Awan had been indicted, despite the fact that he was under federal investigation for cybersecurity violations and was being paid by Wassermann Schultz until the day after his arrest.
As a study by the Media Research Center indicates, the big three broadcast networks–CBS, ABC, and NBC–didn’t mention the story at all. Similarly, research by TheDC shows that cable networks CNN and MSNBC didn’t talk about the story either.
Fox News was the only major network to mention the scandal on Thursday–Sean Hannity talked about the case with a guest.
The Daily Caller, Inc., the Daily Caller News Foundation, and Luke Rosiak have settled a defamation lawsuit brought by Imran Awan, Abid Awan, Jamal Awan, Tina Alvi, and Rao Abbas (“the Plaintiffs”), in the D.C. Superior Court, Awan et al. v. The Daily Caller, Inc. et al., No. 2020 CA 000652 B (D.C. Super.) (“The Lawsuit”).
The Plaintiffs filed the Lawsuit in 2020, alleging that they were defamed by statements made by The Daily Caller entities and Mr. Rosiak, including statements in Obstruction of Justice, a 2019 book authored by Mr. Rosiak and published by Regnery Publishing, a business of Salem Media Group, Inc., about the Plaintiffs’ work for the U.S. House of Representatives. In response, The Daily Caller entities and Mr. Rosiak each denied liability and contested the Plaintiffs’ claims.
None of the Defendants has admitted to any fault as part of this settlement. Nevertheless, The Daily Caller entities and Mr. Rosiak recognize that no charges have ever been filed against the Plaintiffs relating to their congressional IT work.
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