Elder Patriot – As damaging as the mainstream media is, the only thing stopping the national state-run media from being even worse is that so few people actually listen to it.
National Public Radio (NPR) confused (deliberately?) Donald Trump Jr.s Senate testimony about the Trump organization’s dealings with Russia.
NPR was relying on the word of admitted liar and criminal, Michael Cohen to make the false assertion that Don Jr. lied to the Senate.
The NPR article titled, “Cohen’s Account Of Russia Talks Raises Questions About Trump Jr. 2017 Testimony,” reported that:
Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 that although there had been negotiations surrounding a prospective Trump Tower in Moscow, they concluded without result ‘at the end’ of 2014.
‘But not in 2015 or 2016?’ Trump Jr. was asked.
‘Certainly not ’16,’ he said. ‘There was never a definitive end to it. It just died of deal fatigue.’
Trump’s account contrasts with the new version of events given by Cohen on Thursday in a guilty plea in federal court. In that new version, Cohen says the discussions with at least one Russian government official and others in Moscow continued through June 2016, well into Trump’s presidential campaign.
The mainstream media seized upon this report to launch another feeding frenzy aimed at removing/driving President Trump from the White House.
The manic reporting overlooked one thing, NPR got the facts wrong. Where’s Snopes to debunk this?
Thankfully, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist corrected the record:
In fact, Senate investigators were asking Trump Jr. about a series of efforts to develop property in Russia, going back several years. Reporter Phil Ewing (reporter Tim Mak contributed to the story) conflates one of those efforts with another separate effort. That conflation results in the false news report.
It appears that NPR deliberately conflated the answers to two separate questions because Don Jr. had given the answer that NPR cited to a different question that was asked about another project the Trump organization had considered “a full 100 pages before” the question NPR’s Ewing cites in his article:
- It’s been reported that in late 2015 or 2016 when now President Trump was running for office the Trump Organization was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow. Is that accurate?
- In this same time frame, 2015 or 2016, when Mr. Sater and Mr. Cohen were exploring a possible deal, do you know if anyone else was also exploring a deal simultaneously with the Trump Organization to build in Moscow?
- I don ‘t believe so.
- We’ve discussed the Agalarov family, Emin and his father Aras. Do you know if they were also exploring building a Trump Tower in Moscow?
- We had looked at it earlier than that, but it sort of faded away I believe at the end of ’14.
- But not in 2015 or 2016?
- Certainly not ’16. There was never a definitive end to it. It just died of deal fatigue.
How did Cohen’s testimony even become public, and why would the word of an admitted perjurer, staring at the prospect of spending decades in prison, carry such significant weight, if not to fuel the totally predictable mainstream media uproar that followed.
Last December, Constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz explained Mueller’s tactics while discussing another targeted Trump associate, General Michael Flynn:
“Now, they still may be able to use him to lead to other witnesses or to get documentary evidence or to give them leads, but he’s no good as witness. Because he’s obviously sold himself to protect his own son, and he’s prepared not only to sing, but perhaps even to compose and to exaggerate if he thinks that will get him a better deal from the prosecutor. So, if I’m a defense lawyer, I have no trouble destroying his credibility on the witness stand.”
It’s becoming clearer every day that Dershowitz’s assessment was right lo those many months ago:
The effort to impeach President Trump is at the heart of Mueller’s efforts and the Democrats’ hopes to regaining power before they are dismantled by those investigating the Clintons’ criminal enterprise and Obama’s weaponization of kep government agencies..
The role that the mainstream media, and now the state-run media, has taken for itself has indeed made them the enemy of the people.