After all, if they can keep everyone chasing after these Chimerical imaginary Russians they don’t have to worry as much about Trump’s political opponents going after his horrible tax policies, his horrible foreign policy, his serial sexual misconduct, and the real criminality in his personal history.
Putting aside for the moment the level at which I agree or disagree with your list, you are exactly correct.
The “media” (whatever the outlet) has, depending on the outlet:
- Only one headline per day
- Only one front page per day
- Only one lead story per newscast
- A limited number of links that can be promoted per day as “top stories”
All of these outlets know that if they lead with sensationalism, they earn their money; lead with the mundane, and the newsroom cuts back on positions. So, obviously, they’re going to lead with the sensational, and there’s nothing more sensational than the idea that a foreign country rigged our elections.
So, yes, it benefits the Trump Administration, because Russiagate keeps his personal social media activity off the front page (or if not off it, limits its coverage) and most certainly limits the amount of discussion to be transacted on mundane matters such as tax policy.