A Robert Mueller special counsel’s office spokesperson is explicitly denying the Buzzfeed article alleging that President Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie with regard to the Russia case.
The article –based on two anonymous sources– included no evidence or verifying information, and actually stated as fact that Mueller’s special counsel’s office was aware of Trump’s supposed instructions to Cohen. Now the credibility of the story is completely destroyed. Mueller obviously feels that the article’s inaccuracy is so vast that it damages his Witch Hunt against the president.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 19, 2019
Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith is defending the story amid Mueller’s backlash.
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.
FBI Lists Journalist James O’Keefe Erroneously as ‘Convicted Felon’ to Prevent Him From Buying a Weapon
This is the problem with a federal background checking registry.
Project Veritas founder and conservative investigative reporter James O’Keefe has reported that he was recently denied a firearm because the FBI listed him as a “convicted felon” on their background registry.
O’Keefe posted a video on social media of himself at a New York gun store attempting to buy a shotgun before the federal background check under the NICS system rejected his request.
“I hope it’s not retaliating against me because of our journalism,” O’Keefe told the shopkeeper, who recognized O’Keefe from his work exposing liberal corruption and shook his hand.
The video can be seen here:
“Are you James O’Keefe?”
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) August 6, 2020
Big League Politics has reported on how efforts to strengthen federal background checks are a liberal trojan horse to enact gun control and keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens:
Another controversial provision of the omnibus spending bill is funding for a proposal known as “Fix-NICS.” Instead of attempting to pass it on its own, which has failed on numerous occasions, it appears that Republicans in congress have plugged the bill, which has support from a number of high-profile Democrats, including Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) into the massive spending bill.
SEC. 601. of the omnibus spending bill is titled the “FIX NICS ACT,” and is the same bill that anti-gun Republicans and Democrats have failed to pass in the past.
Fix-NICS provides massive funding to states to encourage them to input more people into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to bar them from firearm ownership.
The NICS system has already been massively abused, disproportionately targeting veterans. Over 257,000 veterans have already been barred from firearm ownership without any due process, and this funding only gives them the ammo they need to throw even more veterans into the NICS database.
The deep state would certainly be incentivized to punish O’Keefe for his political advocacy. O’Keefe has been a leader in exposing their plot against President Donald Trump, including how the Russia-gate witch hunt was a total farce from the beginning.
O’Keefe caught CNN supervising producer John Bonifield on camera in 2017 admitting that there was no evidence of Trump ever engaging in Russian collusion or doing anything improper with regards to Russia.
“I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now,” Bonifield said on the hidden camera video. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”
“Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia,” he continued.
“I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime,” Bonifield added. “I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”
The case of O’Keefe’s rejection shows why federal gun control must always be opposed. No matter how well-intentioned the measures may be, they will always be used by liberal bureaucrats to deprive their enemies of rights.
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