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Friday, March 16, 2018

Media smears Trump pick with an outrageous lie

ProPublica -- a lefty organization that poses as a nonpartisan watchdog -- falsely accused President Trump's selection to run the CIA, Gina Haspel, of running a secret prison that tortured terrorists in Thailand.

The Los Angeles Times took this Fake News from ProPublica, and ran with it.

"The Senate needs unequivocal assurances from Haspel that she knows torture is indefensible — and that even if Trump were to order the resumption of these odious and rightly illegal practices, she would refuse to comply. If senators can't get that commitment from Haspel, then the decision on whether to approve the appointment is an easy one: no," the Los Angeles Times demanded in an editorial.

But this is Fake News.

A lie.

It did not happen.

"On February 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel’s role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al-Qaida leader who was imprisoned by the CIA at a secret black site in Thailand in 2002," ProPublica said in a correction.

"The story said that Haspel, a career CIA officer who President Trump has nominated to be the next director of central intelligence, oversaw the clandestine base where Zubaydah was subjected to waterboarding and other coercive interrogation methods that are widely seen as torture. The story also said she mocked the prisoner’s suffering in a private conversation. Neither of these assertions is correct and we retract them. It is now clear that Haspel did not take charge of the base until after the interrogation of Zubaydah ended."

We all make mistakes.

But the media always errs on the side of making Trump look bad.

Obama never faced lies like this.

The 972-word correction was noteworthy for what it did not include: a statement from Haspel.

Apparently, ProPublica never contacted her for her side of the story. The tax-exempt corporation smeared her unprovoked and without warning.

They call it journalism.

I call it lies.

15 comments:

  1. I sent the LA Times a nasty gram about this bit of #FakeNews. The LA Times is my personal bete noire.

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  2. Lies are what the enemedia print and broadcast.
    It's also why we'll get MORE Trump.

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  3. Shocked they didn’t bury the correction.

    Not shocked they publish lies to damage PDJT.

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  4. "The story also said she mocked the prisoner’s suffering in a private conversation."

    So the story has a source who claims to have heard or seen her mocking a prisoner's suffering? Hmmm, the source claims to have witnessed first hand things that never could have happened? Or was he repeating second-hand gossip? Does the source also have imaginary friends?

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  5. Waterboarding is not torture. It extracts information without physical damage.
    Jeez, they use it in training sessions for our own guys.
    JimNorCal

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  6. Haspel oversaw the torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. She also drafted the order destroying the video tapes of the torture. Redefining torture as enhanced interrogation doesn't change it from being torture. McCain, who knows a thing or two about torture, rightly identifies it as such. Meanwhile, big talkers like Sean Hannity still haven't been waterboarded for charity as promised. Why not?

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    1. Redefining waterboarding as torture makes you a pussy unwilling to do the heavy-lifting. Don't worry, you're nice and safe behind your keyboard thanks to those that do the heavy-lifting. Citing McCain is a weak attempt at appeal to authority, but it's definitely a fallacy.

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    2. Good for her!
      JimNorCal

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  7. Even if it were true, I'd be okay with it.

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  8. "Obama never faced lies like this." He also never had to face the media correcting, or even commenting on, his own innumerable lies.

    Whatever dripped from his lips was the gospel truth, according to our #FakeMedia!

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  9. All the waterboarded are still alive and some even still fighting us. Obama gave it up for vaporizing people without getting any information from them. That was easy and under the virtue signalling radar.
    What is better? To be inconvenienced and alive or rendered into inhaleable flesh? In Fact, When Obama murdered the enemy with drones, all on CIA recommendations, the libswine said nothing. He was portrayed as making the tough calls to keep us safe( his own exact comment was "I'm pretty good at killing people"), not the uninvolved bungler he really was.
    This CIA woman deserves recognition and power. The Senate should waste no time comfirming her.

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  10. I would not have known I was seeing fake news being sent around the world on FB without also seeing a huge link to the correction. There is at least that, it was a pretty long mea culpa except for the fact that it really wass't. Still it did lead us to the truth.

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  11. You mean she wasn't the Czarina of Waterboarding and Dungeonmistress of the CIA?

    Darn.

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