The worst week for U.S. legit journalism continued unabated today as the mainstream legacy media continued their assault on the truth in a bizarre conglomeration of falsehoods and phony news reporting on President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s new leader.
The whistleblower transcript was released today. More like a whistle-blowhard.
Washington, D.C. — The fake news media keeps getting it wrong on Ukraine. Where does it end?
I can’t keep up with the lies coming out of the D.C. swamp.
The Washington Post ran a story alleging acting Director of National Intelligence Joe Maguire had threatened to quit, which never happened.
Here is Maguire’s actual statement: “At no time have I considered resigning my position since assuming this role on Aug. 16, 2019. I have never quit anything in my life, and I am not going to start now.”
I’m going to make it my life’s mission to start calling this out.
Here is SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #1:
In an NPR story about the release of the Ukraine phone call transcript, the partially tax-payer funded outlet left out large portions of the text to make it falsely appear as though President Trump had asked for a “favor” related to Biden.
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIES #2 and #3
MSNBC’s Katy Tur and CNN’s Brianna Keilar repeatedly distorted the contents of the transcript, claiming the President’s “favor” remark was related to Biden.
TUR’S “REPORTING”: “He said ‘will you do me a favor and investigate Vice President Biden’s son?’ ‘Will you do me a favor and get involved in the 2020 election.’ ‘Vice President Biden is my chief political opponent.’”
KEILAR’S “REPORTING”: “In this call, the President repeatedly stresses how much the U.S. does for Ukraine and then he says: ‘I would like you to do us a favor.’ The President asks Zelenskyy to dig up dirt on Biden and his son Hunter.”
As the transcript makes abundantly clear, the President’s “favor” remark had nothing to do with Biden.
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #4
CNN claimed that President Trump “pushed Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden,” but Ukraine President Zelenskyy made clear that “nobody pushed” him.
PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY: “We had, I think, [a] good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things. And I – so, I think, and you read it that nobody pushed me.”
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #5:
ABC News ran a story quoting an “advisor” to President Zelenskyy who was later shown not to be a current advisor at all.
ABC NEWS HEADLINE: “Ukrainians understood Biden probe was condition for Trump-Zelenskiy phone call: Ukrainian adviser”
ABC NEWS CORRECTION: “An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Serhiy Leshchenko as a current advisor to Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Leshchenko advised Zelenskiy’s transition team following his election in April but has since been distanced by the administration. He is no longer advising Zelenskiy.”
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #6
The Wall Streel Journal falsely claimed that President Trump urged President Zelenskyy “about eight times” to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe to hamper Biden.
FROM THE JOURNAL: “President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son, according to people familiar with the matter, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe that could hamper Mr. Trump’s potential 2020 opponent.”
As the transcript shows, the Journal’s statement is completely false.
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #7
The Washington Post incorrectly reported that President Trump made a “promise” to a foreign leader, later identified as the president of Ukraine.
FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: “Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.”
The transcript confirms that the President made no such promise at all to President Zelenskyy.
BAIT AND SWITCH
After the released transcript failed to show any quid pro quo, the fake news media shifted the goalposts and immediately began belittling the transcript.
CNN’S PAMELA BROWN: “This is just one part of the whistleblower complaint surrounding President Trump. It is not the full picture.”
CNN’S JEFFREY TOOBIN: “Let’s be clear that quid pro quo is not necessary for this phone call to be widely inappropriate and potentially impeachable.”
MSNBC’S CHRIS HAYES: “Given what we know about how Trump pressures and manipulates civil servants to tow his line, I’m not *quite* sure we can trust the transcript itself as being accurate/comprehensive.”
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #8
The Washington Post was forced to delete a Tweet that incorrectly suggested that the White House blocked the release of the whistleblower report.
CNN had the gall to ask the wildly biased Andrew McCabe – who lied to an inspector general – to analyze the whistleblower complaint and Ukraine transcript.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough publicly reacted to a parody version of the Ukraine transcript – one that had been manipulated by Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
Kayleigh McEnany, National Press Secretary for Trump 2020, summed it up best:
“This whistleblower complaint is an even bigger hoax than the Russia delusion. It’s built on second-hand information echoed by the biased fake news media. We now know that this account was cobbled together by a partisan bureaucrat with ‘no direct knowledge,’ represented by an attorney for Hillary Clinton and donor to Joe Biden’s campaign. Democrats are trying to block the inevitable re-election of President Trump because they know they can’t beat him fair and square at the ballot box. ”