In what ABC is describing as a mistake, the network aired a segment with a news banner stating that Trump’s former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort had plead guilty to five charges of manslaughter. After seeing this, President Donald Trump blasted ABC in a Trump-like fashion on Twitter, calling the “Fake ABC.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2018
ABC was quickly forced to apologize for the egregious error.
— ABCNews PR (@ABCNewsPR) June 20, 2018
(cont.) We apologize to our viewers and to Mr. Manafort. There simply is no excuse for this sort of mistake. (2/2)
— ABCNews PR (@ABCNewsPR) June 20, 2018
While Manafort has been indicted on a number of charges, none of which stemming from his work on President Trump’s campaign, he has not plead guilty, and none of the charges are anything close to manslaughter.
The charges that Manafort is facing relate to alleged money laundering and tax fraud. Manafort was initially granted bail, but that bail was revoked just days ago for supposed “witness tampering.”
As previously reported at Big League Politics:
“The former campaign chairmen for President Donald J. Trump has been ordered to jail pending trial for alleged money laundering and failure to register as an agent of a foreign government.
“The harm in this case is harm to the administration of justice and harm to the integrity of the court’s system,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Paul Manafort in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Manafort is accused of calling and texting potential witnesses in upcoming trial. He was originally given a $10 million bail and sentenced to house arrest while his charges were pending. Manafort also entered a not guilty plea for witness tampering charges. His trial is set for September.”
This is just another example of the fake media blasting out entirely fake stories about President Donald Trump, and those close to him. While this may be the most egregious example, it will almost definitely not be the last example.
Biden’s White House Considering Banning Conservative Media from Press Briefings
Briefings could be restricted to mainstream media?
President Joe Biden’s press team may move to restrict the briefings held at the White House to liberal mainstream media outlets, if language from the new President’s deputy press secretary if more than just talk.
“Organizations or individuals who traffic in conspiracy theories, propaganda and lies to spread disinformation will not be tolerated,” TJ Ducklo, Biden’s deputy press secretary, said in a statement to Politico, “and we’ll work with the WHCA to decide how to handle those instances moving forward.”
Given liberal media figures’ extremely wide-ranging definition of “disinformation,” it appears possible to likely that any journalist or reporter who is critical of Biden policies “will not be tolerated” at the White House.
President Trump had accredited journalists from outlets such as Breitbart and One America News Network during his time in office, and Ducklo’s language suggests the press credentials of such organizations may be revoked. Biden himself has chafed over questions regarding his son’s corrupt foreign business dealings, calling Fox News’ Peter Doocy a “one horse pony” for daring to ask about an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into Hunter Biden.
The first press briefing of the Biden administration was attended by fourteen mainstream media employees, in a limited-capacity briefing spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Room service journalists questioned White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the color scheme of Air Force One and Biden’s mood on Inauguration Day.
Former Trump administration Press Secretary Sean Spicer described the ‘easy mode’ briefing as “an embarrassment.” Spicer is currently seeking press credentials to attend White House briefings, along with Fox host Eric Bolling.
Expect the remaining “journalists” present for White House press briefings to ask vital questions about dogs, chocolate chip ice cream, and softball slam dunks for the Biden administration.
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