Blatant falsehood … ABC News political analyst Matthew J. Dowd decided that the best course of action when discussing the U.S. pullout from the Iran deal was to just lie about what happened. On ABC’s “This Week,” Dowd said, “Who would have guessed that the first one to violate that treaty would be us and not Iran?” Which treaty was that? The Iran deal was not a treaty. A treaty, as Dowd well knows, is subject to ratification by the United States Senate, as outlined in Article 2, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. That’s just a brazen mischaracterization of what happened. Here’s the video.
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Dowd issued a correction on Twitter moments after, saying he “misspoke.” Dowd later tweeted that he found it odd that Trump fans would “attack” him for the misstatement because he “corrected it within minutes on social media.” Really? Twitter does not have the same reach as television. Did Dowd correct it on air? Here’s another big problem: Dowd so easily blocks folks on Twitter – including yours truly – that it is a running joke among conservatives. So a lot of the folks calling him out for this probably didn’t even see his tweet, unless they signed out of Twitter in order to see his tweets.
“Existential threat” … On CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter’s weekly Trump Derangement Syndrome gabfest, a.k.a. “Reliable Sources,” Stelter had CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on to talk about Trump and press freedoms. Amanpour said that Trump poses a “grave and existential threat” to the press. Really? Trump has a symbiotic love-hate relationship with the press. If the press is gone, who is going to talk about him all day every day? Here’s the real deal: The press is so used to attacking anyone to the right of the Clintons that when someone fights back against the negative press, the media feels threatened. Kind of how playground bullies feel when someone fights back.
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Americans aren’t buying it … Despite the constant drumbeat of reporting on the so-called Trump-Russia collusion narrative, the American people are seeing what the investigation is: a witch-hunt. Last week, CBS News conducted a poll showing that a majority of Americans think the Mueller investigation is “politically motivated.” NewsBusters shows how while CBS wrote about the poll on its website, it took Fox News to report on the poll on television.
Human intelligence? … Over the weekend, National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy wrote about how he has changed his mind and now believes that it is highly probable that Obama’s intelligence agencies and the FBI used human intelligence to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016. With that as a backdrop, is it any wonder that a CNN analyst is trying to warn that Devin Nunes’ attempt to get to the bottom of this is going to get an intelligence source killed? The analyst is helping build that narrative that Nunes is not entitled to congressional oversight of the Justice Department’s intelligence capabilities. That is absurd on its face.
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