Thursday night, former click-bait site BuzzFeed released an explosive report claiming that President Donald J. Trump directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Citing two anonymous federal law enforcement officials “involved in an investigation of the matter,” the alleged news organization ran with the story, which, to be sure, accuses the President of at least one felony.
This morning, one of the investigative reporters (using that term loosely) made a CNN appearance to discuss the “bombshell” revelations, only to admit he had not seen any evidence of the story that he broke.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked BuzzFeed’s Anthony Cormier whether he had seen the evidenced in his report.
“Not personally,” Cormier said. “The folks we have talked to — two officials we have spoken to are fully, 100 percent read into that aspect of the Special Counsel’s investigation.”
In other words, this is simply another anonymously sourced bombshell, of the variety that passes for “journalism” in 2019, but is really anti-Trump propaganda promulgated by the mainstream press, which is in charge of public relations for the Democratic Party.
The co-author of the story, Jason Leopold, was scrutinized for incorrect reporting which led to retractions in 2002 while he was employed at Salon, and in 2006 he incorrectly reported that Karl Rove had been indicted.
“He was in trouble for perhaps claiming to have sources he really didn’t have. His stories didn’t wash. Executive directors and editors have had to apologize after some of his big blockbuster stories,” Camerota said in the interview with Cormier.
Despite the reputation of the story’s author, and the flimsiness of the source, BuzzFeed hit the publish button.
“Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. ‘Make it happen,”’the sources said Trump told Cohen,” the report said.
“Bombshell” news stories, including CNN’s false report that Donald Trump Jr. colluded with Wikileaks to obtain information that had not yet been made public, and NPR’s false story that Trump Jr. lied to the Senate abut Trump Tower Moscow, have a way of quietly being corrected after left wing news consumers get their dose of anti-Trump propaganda.
This is a calculated tactic, described at great length in my upcoming book, “Enemies: The Press vs. The American People,” which will be on sale on July 16, and you should all order when it becomes available for pre-sale.
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Jennifer Rubin Calls for Biden to Accuse Trump of Willingness to Kill People
A new low.
Washington Post neoconservative pundit Jennifer Rubin called for Joe Biden to descend to a new political low in a Thursday tweet, stating that the presumptive Democratic nominee needed to accuse Donald Trump of “willingness to kill people.“
If Biden is serious about winning he needs to accuse Trump of willingness to kill people. https://t.co/JiTMMGvDBE
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) April 10, 2020
Rubin has become increasingly unhinged in recent months, and now appears prepared to utilize the vicious vitriol she previously reserved for Bernie Sanders and his supporters on Donald Trump and his voters.
It goes without saying that Rubin’s call for Biden to attack Trump in such a sensational matter doesn’t even make sense. She’s framing Trump’s supposed willingness to kill people around the response to the coronavirus, but deaths from a naturally occurring virus are not the same thing as a president consciously choosing to kill people, let alone his own citizens.
Rubin has claimed that less Democrats will die of the Chinese coronavirus in the coming weeks and months because they’re supposedly less liable to conservative “misinformation” and will follow the experts. She seems to have missed that the coronavirus epidemic is most severe in reliably liberal and Democratic states such as New York, which has incurred the greatest individual share of American coronavirus casualties by far.
Joe Biden, to the extent that he has any power over his own campaign message and rhetoric, probably isn’t going to follow Rubin’s hysterical advice. Biden has avoided overtly political attacks against Trump involving the coronavirus, realizing that most Americans aren’t looking for everyday partisan politics in the midst of the historically unprecedented pandemic.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has admitted that President Trump has delivered in a meaningful fashion for his state, in any case. Perhaps Rubin should consider that Democratic governors are touting their fruitful cooperation with Trump before ascribing murderous intent to the President.
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