Russia "bombshells" that have been debunked:
-CNN on WikiLeaks/Don Jr.
-ABC News on Michael Flynn
-Reuters/Bloomberg on Deutsche Bank
-McClatchy D.C. on Cohen/Prague (uncorroborated)
-BuzzFeed on Trump telling Cohen to lie (Mueller disputes)
All these dropped on Thurs/Fri.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 19, 2019
If you were wondering why I didn’t mention the story, even to do what Nice Deb and some honorable others did, which is to point all the ways in which this “story” seemed like bullshit from the start, it’s because almost all of these bullshit stories turn out to be bullshit, and they will be exposed as false within 24 hours.
And I refuse to waste my time, or more importantly your time. (Oh, why am I lying? I was honest the first time: most importantly, I don’t want to waste my time.)
It’s been about 379 times that “The Walls Are Closing In on Trump” and “If this is true, it’s all over for Trump.”
Even a former hardcore NeverTrumper wrote to me today pointing out all the typical pussies and dimwits who claim they’re Totally Totally Immune to Conspiracy Theories but spend all day pushing the left wing’s favorite conspiracy theory, one written by Hillary Clinton’s Chief Conspiracy Theory Architect, Syd Blumenthal.
And I’m not just saying that — reports from the Clinton years noted that Syd Blumenthal rose as a courtier because he knew how to appeal to Hillary Clinton’s self-justifying, self-pitying persecution complex, by dreaming up conspiracy theories for her to believe in. He invented the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, after all.
He also wrote the first drafts of what we now call the “Steele Dossier,” though Steele seems to just have mostly rewritten Blumenthal’s original reports and slapped his name on top of them to give them the veneer of credibility. (Or, at least: the veneer of having not been written by Syd Blumnethal.)
Other reports were written by Cody Shearer — and take a gander at the sorts of “sources” he pushed into the media in the past.
But NeverTrump, which claims to be “The Intellectual Wing of the Conservative Movement,” can’t help falling every time for conspiracy theories that would have made Richard Mellon Scaife blush in embarrassment.
It amuses me — astounds me, really — that people who pat themselves on the back so vigorously for being about the conspiracy theories of Alex Jones (and call for him to be deplatformed to engage in what turns out to be an actual thoughtcrime) are so eager to promulgate the conspiracy theories that flatter their egos and their sense of the world.
So anyway: The BuzzFeed story about Michael Cohen claiming that Trump told him to lie about a building project in Russia (which is weird, because Don Jr. testified about two such projects in congressional testimony, so why direct a shyster to lie?) is total bullshit.
Please go out there and congratulate John Podhoretz and the translucent soybag Alex Griswold for being So Super Smart to fall for yet another leftwing/NeverTrump fake-news con yet again.
BTW: “The Intellectual Wing of the Conservative Movement” doesn’t seem all that smart, really. They seem to have failed to notice that one of the two “reporters” on this story is an old left-wing fever-swamp favorite, Jason Leopold, who claimed he had it locked-down solid and double-checked that Karl Rove had been secretly indicted in the Valerie Plame non-matter.
So now he’s once again pandering to his fever swamp base once again and promising a Very Merry Early Fitzmas.
And of course the Intellectual Wing of the Conservative Movement falls for it just like the fever-swamp left-wing does.
But don’t draw any conclusions from that! Just because they constantly cite the left wing, defend the left wing, repeat the left wing’s talking points, drink with the left wing, go on the left wing’s TV shows… don’t you dare suggest that they might have something ideologically in common with the left wing!
They’re just smarter than you — and as their left wing palz say, “Reality has a liberal bias.”
OMG the headline just gave me a mental picture I did not want. Now go forth and wash your keyboard for typing that.
Mueller’s office disputes BuzzFeed report that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress
Don’t hold your breath. Disputing every rumor attributed to unnamed sources that claim to know something could turn into a full-time job.
In case more phony “October Surprises” or Friday night surprises are being planned for pushing an election away from the Donald, it looks like debunking is now completely achieved within 24 hours.
So, it will have to be a Monday surprise or it won’t work before the truth comes out.
Even before the Mueller office wenton record there were plenty of media articles/interviews including points like these:
BuzzFeed’s Lead Reporter Is a Proven Liar
BuzzFeed’s Lead Reporter Has Published Fake Bombshell Scoops Before
BuzzFeed’s Lead Reporter Had His Own Memoir Cancelled
We Are Supposed to Believe Michael Cohen
Why Would Trump Ask Cohen to Lie When Don Jr. Told the Truth?
Buzzfeed Reporter Admits He’s Seen No ‘Evidence Supporting Our Report’
Why Would Buzzfeed’s Sources Not Show Them ‘Corroborating Evidence?’
Trump Doesn’t Use Email or Texts
Adam Schiff admits this false story was the best stuff they had on Trump up until now!
That means, they had nada, nothing, zilch.
@Greg: Has Mueller ever debunked any of the previous “bombshells”? No, he let them ride because they kept the temperature up around his little “investigation” and made dumping more money into it seem more necessary. Why THIS one?
Get ready, Greg. If the report ever comes, it’s going to be a shocking disappointment for you sore losers who envisioned Trump being hauled out of the White House and Hillary riding in on the back of a unicorn with her own personal Supreme Court riding in on magic carpets. Mueller is trying to turn the temperature DOWN now instead of keeping those flame fanned.
@Nan G: The left never learns. They never get tired of being lied to, going ecstatic, disappointed, lied to again, going ecstatic, disappointed, lied to again, going ecstatic, disappointed…. on and on and on. If they care about truth, they wouldn’t be liberals.
Media yesterday was going NUTS, salivating all over with impeachment talk. The were almost as enthusiastic as they were just before Trump beat Hillary. Being people who inherently expect something for nothing, the cannot help themselves from clinging to every rumor and false hope that will relieve them of the horror that is a strong, prosperous United States of America.
I imagine there is much damage control in going on in the cable opinion shows this morning, they dropped the Pelosi could have died story for the Buzzfeed thing an entire day of nonstop bet they are still trying to save face or twisting Muellers denial to well he didnt say it was total bullshit. This not total BS angle would cover the house proceeding with impeachment style hearings meetings and general waste of taxpayer dollars instead of legislating ie doing their frigging job.
@kitt: Well, look at Rich’s spin on it before he R-U-N-N-O-F-T; honorable, straight-shooting Mueller debunks the latest self-serving lie generated by the media because he’s such a great, unbiased guy. Yeah… that’s the ticket. He never shot down any of the other “bombshells”, but he noticed this one. No, the coup is falling apart and he now wants to tone down the furor, because his report, if he ever dares share it, is going to be a massive punch in the crybaby gut.
@Deplorable Me: 2 PM our time, the announcement.
I still have to (as much as it pains me) give kudos to Greg for his controlled response to Flyfood’s er buzzfeed’s bombshell, it may be the cries for an immediate release of the documents reported of that caused Mueller to react to the bombshell. He has in the past ignored the “leak” fake news before. I wonder if cable will ever begin journalism again, Yellow Vests protesters clash with police in Paris 10th week in a row. 10th week, and Macaroni wants to now outlaw protests as many pictures are getting out of France where single citizens some elderly are being beaten by 5 or 6 police. 1 I saw was a man being shot in the head by a rubber bullet and is now in a coma. This is not about gas tax, or wages for civil servants.
Breaking News: Buzzfeed: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg is walking 12 miles a day on treadmill & planning to audition for Dancing With The Stars.” 😉
@kitt: Yeah, how about some reportage on Ruthie making all her own decisions an no one else is moving her arms and legs for her. We need to make sure there’s no “Weekend At Ruthie’s” going on here.