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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

WaPo's attempted coup by Fake News

Like Captain Ahab chasing Moby Dick, the Washington news media chases a prey that it should hope it never catches.

This weekend was particularly pitiful for the political press.

On Saturday, the Washington Post headlined:
Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin
The source?
The Post was first alerted in mid-December to the meeting by an anonymous letter, which said, among other things, that Kushner had talked to Kislyak about setting up the communications channel. This week, officials, who reviewed the letter and spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence, said the portion about the secret channel was consistent with their understanding of events.
So unsigned letters are now gospel in Washington.

OK, that is not good enough to bring down a president, then how about this?

From the Washington Post:
Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation
Paragraph Five:
The Post has not been told that Kushner is a target — or the central focus — of the investigation, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing. “Target” is a word that generally refers to someone who is the main suspect of investigators’ attention, though prosecutors can and do bring charges against people who are not marked with that distinction.
So the only people saying Kushner is a focus are the newspaper's people who have been told he is not a target, or as the Post parsed its words "has not been told that Kushner is a target."

This is headline journalism, meant to scare, not inform.

And certainly the headline is not meant to be true, but only to undermine a constitutionally elected president.

I have not been told that Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post, is a target of any possible investigation of his possible involvement with the governments of China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran, but "prosecutors can and do bring charges against people who are not marked with that distinction."

Maybe I will change my headline to:
Jeff Bezos now a focus in Russia investigation
No, I am honest to a fault.

From Howard Kurtz:
Whatever the media and political grudges against Kushner, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be treated fairly. There’s been so much saturation coverage of Jared Kushner that a casual consumer of news could get the impression that he’s under investigation. And that’s just not the case.

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  1. Outside the Brahmins of the Beltway Bubble - who believes the WaPo on anything?

  2. And now Catherine Herridge of FoxNews, who I think is a very cautious journalist, claims her sources have informed her it was the Russians, not Kushner, who suggested the creation a back-channel link, one specifically intended to discuss possible cooperation over Syria. The Russians knew the Obama administration was spying on them. This looks to me like an attempt on their part to warn the Trump organization that their transition team might also be targets of the illegal Obama political spy network.

  3. The WaPo has put another turd in their punchbowl. Didn't need it, being so many there already.

  4. Unfortunately for the WaPo, gossip-mongers don't actually have any authority but what the listeners give them. They are the company paper of the company town, but even there, how much credibility are those people giving these stories? I don't mean how much enthusiasm do they repeat them, I mean how much credibility do they, themselves give them?

    You can't keep much enthusiasm up if you really do not believe the story.

    -Mikey NTH

  5. This and almost all news is yellow journalism.

  6. Of late I've been considering that the Russians are working with the Democrats on these leaks because they want to help the Democrats disrupt Trump. Trump's energy, Syria, and Saudi Arabia policy is killing them.

    The Democrats are proven projection artists. They've drummed up the debunked dossier, they used a Trump campaign joke to start an investigation, and they promoted this right out of the gate after losing.

    I think there very well could be collusion - and not on the part of Trump. Is post-election Russian tampering a problem?

  7. If Kushner was seeking a back channel, then obviously there was no collusion
    Because a channel would already have existed.

  8. All they have to do is distract Trump enough that they hobble his ability to get things done. Then they run on the fact he got nothing done in 2020.

    Trump needs to lower his head and charge ahead.