The facts … Over the weekend President Donald Trump tweeted that an aide quoted by the New York Times saying it was “impossible” for the North Korea summit to be held on June 12 “didn’t exist.” The tweet set media types on fire. A whole host of media personalities claimed that Trump was saying a background briefing on Thursday didn’t happen. It did, but that is not what Trump was saying. He was saying that no aide said the word “impossible,” which is absolutely true. The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway has the details of what happened. Hemingway is absolutely correct: The media fell all over itself.
Here’s the fact. Trump was right to say that the aide sourced by the Times didn’t exist, because the Times put words in the actual aide’s mouth. Hemingway has the transcript of audio of the briefing. The word “impossible” was never used. In fact the aide didn’t close the door on the summit happening, but merely said that time is running out.
Steltering … CNN’s media critic/cheerleader was on the mysterious case of the “impossible tweet.” As you can imagine, Stelter was blinded by his chronic case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. In the same piece, Stelter argues both that Trump lied about there not being a briefing – Trump never uttered the word briefing – and that the New York Times paraphrased based on what they thought was the “tone and tenor of Thursday’s briefing.”
We’ve heard the audio tape now. And the aide certainly did not say that it was impossible that the June 12 summit would happen. He clearly said that time was running out. Donald Trump was merely stating the truth: that an aide who said the meeting was impossible “doesn’t exist.” This is classic Stelter. Brian is often only saying, but not saying, a lot of things.
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Editor Chuck Schumer … Senator Chuck Schumer wants to make sure that the media keeps regurgitating his left-wing talking points regarding the use of an informant by the FBI to spy on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Here’s what he tweeted Sunday morning:
Memo to the press: When you quote the president saying “spygate,” it is only fair to immediately follow that by noting there is absolutely no evidence of a spy being inserted in his campaign. It seems to me, failure to do so is a disservice to your readers, viewers & the country.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 28, 2018
Get that, press? Your master has spoken. It’s time to listen.
Tommy Robinson … The co-founder of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, was arrested late last week for violating the terms of a suspended sentence for reporting on an ongoing child grooming trial involving Muslim defendants. After the arrest and speedy sentence of Robinson, the judge forbade the press to talk about the arrest. Earlier on Monday that order was lifted, and The Daily Mail has a good rundown of what happened.
The Daily Mail writes that Robinson thought he was being careful and was not violating the terms of a prior suspended sentence. Nevertheless, Robinson pleaded guilty to contempt of court and the breach of that prior suspended sentence. He is now to be jailed for 13 months. For those of us in the United States, it seems odd that you can be arrested for reporting – Robinson was doing so via a Facebook Live – on the activities in a courtroom. In the U.K., it is generally illegal to do so until after a verdict is rendered.
The arrest of Robinson, who has combined political activism and reporting, is the latest in a string of British court cases that have exposed how there really is not true freedom of speech in the U.K. The U.S. mainstream media has been largely silent on the matter. This case reminds me of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s plan to establish some sort of test to see if citizen journalists were really journalists in applying media shield laws.
The real lesson of this case is that we in the United States must remain ever vigilant to ensure that our free speech rights are not eroded.
Hemingway schools Tumulty … On Monday, The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway and Washington Post writer Karen Tumulty appeared on Fox News to discuss the use of an informant by the government to spy on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Hemingway argued quite convincingly against Tumulty that it was her paper, the Washington Post, that laid out the case that the campaign was spied on, but then has been harping that it wasn’t spying. The video is well worth a watch.
I’ve got some sad news to report from here in Greenville, South Carolina. While I call the media out here at WTF MSM!? I also know that a lot of those in the media put themselves in real danger to bring us the story of what’s happening. That is often true during weather events and natural disasters. Over the weekend while reporting on the effects heavy rains have had on western North Carolina, WYFF anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were killed when a tree fell on their vehicle. Here’s the report from WYFF with the tragic news.
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.