President Donald Trump speaks during a Made in America showcase event on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The media are really covering themselves in glory at this point.
As I wrote yesterday, the latest “bombshell” involving a phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president blew up in the launch tube. For the better part of 12 hours, we were subjected to baseless speculation and “anonymous sources” claiming Trump had dangled foreign aid as an extortion tool to get Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s possible corruption in the same country.
In the end, it was all garbage. Trump had indeed asked Ukraine to look into the matter, but he had not offered a quid pro quo or done anything else improper. A lot of people people thought they finally had Trump, that this was going to be the thing that finally gets him impeached. As per usual though, the story lacked vital facts and context.
Well, things just got a lot worse. It turns out the supposed “whistle-blower” hadn’t even heard the phone call in question, nor seen a transcript.
“The whistleblower didn't have direct knowledge of the communications, an official briefed on the matter told CNN.”
Then they’re not really a “”whistleblower.” They’re just spreading a rumor. https://t.co/GjBKxMgVLL
— Robert Laurie (@RobertLaurie) September 21, 2019
You’ve got to be kidding me.
Even as CNN runs a headline claiming the scandal deepens, the actual story here continues to go up in flames. How can you be a whistle-blower when you don’t even have direct knowledge of what you are claiming? The answer is that you can’t.
What we have here is a partisan within the dumpster fire that is our intelligence bureaucracies playing resistance hero. He or she thought they could force the release of this call to embarrass Trump but all ended up backfiring. Now, it’s Biden who’s facing renewed scrutiny.
Meanwhile, the same “conservatives” and media members who always fall for this stuff got suckered again. Or perhaps they are just doing it on purpose at this point? That’s probably more likely.
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