When all else fails, kill the messenger, right? And if you can’t kill them, then get them fired on trumped-up charges and lie like a cheap rug to cover your own ass. “She never identified herself as a reporter” when she’s carrying professional-grade recording gear and obviously wearing a press pass? Failure to recognize reality when it’s staring you in the face is a sign of delusions or stupidity on your part, not a failure on the part of those around you.
Then again, the best tactic of those who do evil is to claim that someone else forced them to perform the evil deeds that they themselves chose to do, then see that the victim is punished for performing evil themselves.