A July 27 CNN story which the network has called a “bombshell” has turned out to be riddled with lies, and was clearly published only to further the bogus Russian “collusion” narrative.
The former cable news titan broke sensational news claiming that Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald J. Trump, had told investigators that he personally witnessed Trump being informed of a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The President has long denied having knowledge of the meeting amid mainstream press speculation.
CNN sourced “people who have discussed the matter with Cohen,” and claimed that Cohen’s own attorney, Lanny Davis, declined to comment on the story.
The narrative crumbled when Davis admitted he was the anonymous source – in CNN’s words “people who have discussed the matter with Cohen” – contradicting the claim he refused to comment on the story.
The fact that Davis did not comment for the story is an outright lie which CNN has refused to denounce or retract.
Further, Davis claimed to have lied to CNN, and that Cohen did not witness Trump being informed of the 2016 meeting.
It is possible, albeit unlikely given the network’s history of deceit, that there were other anonymous sources who confirmed for CNN that Cohen had witnessed Trump being informed of the meeting. The claim itself could still be true.
But CNN has refused to clarify, instead generically informing readers that it stands by its reporting, even when other news outlets, including Jeff Bezos’ Trump-hating blog The Washington Post, have retracted stories supposedly confirming it.
“Re: CNN’s July 27 story about Cohen claiming that Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting: ‘We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it,'” said “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter.
Re: CNN's July 27 story about Cohen claiming that Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting: "We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it." https://t.co/TOMJuQDbrp
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 27, 2018
This looks like another classic case of fake news.
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AG Bill Barr Calls Out Mainstream Media for Hydroxychloroquine ‘Jihad’
The media is furious that Trump suggested use of the drug.
Attorney General Bill Barr expressed his disappointment with the mainstream media’s coverage of the coronavirus epidemic when speaking to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Wednesday, pointing to what he called a ‘jihad’ on the media’s part over the President’s suggestion of hydroxychloroquine being used to treat the disease.
“It’s very disappointing because I think the president went out at the beginning of [the coronavirus pandemic] and really was statesmanlike, trying to bring people together, working with all the governors,” said Barr of the federal government’s coronavirus response. “Keeping his patience as he as he got these snarky, gotcha questions from the White House media pool and the stridency of the partisan attacks on him has gotten higher and higher.”
The media has pushed hysterical claims of medical malpractice against President Trump for suggesting that hydroxychloroquine could prove useful in treating the disease- a claim backed up by many prominent figures in the medical and scientific community, some of whom recount using the drug to great effectiveness in treating coronavirus patients.
“The media has been on a jihad to discredit the drug. It’s quite strange.”
Barr totally ruled out the notion of issuing government certificates certifying citizens as coronavirus-free, an idea increasingly favored by liberal globalists and enacted to some extent in Germany.
The Attorney General also lamented the economic costs of the virus in America, reiterating President Trump’s desire that the cost not be worse than the disease. “We cannot keep for a long period of time our economy shut down just on the public health thing… So we have to find after the 30-day period, we have to find a way of allowing businesses to adapt to this situation and figure out how they can best get started.”
Barr’s remarks may suggest the federal government may be increasingly willing to consider working to roll back the disruptions to everyday life by the end of April.
“I’m not suggesting we stop social distancing overnight… There may come a time where we have to worry less about that. I don’t know when that will be.”
Watch the Attorney General’s exchange with Ingraham here.
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