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DEVASTATING PROOF OF MEDIA BIAS: New York Times Airbrushes Away Democrat’s Embarrassing False Claim Without a Trace

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:30 pm

Jay Caruso noted that Senator Claire McCaskill had claimed early today never to have met with a Russian ambassador:

Then undeniable documentary and photographic evidence emerged that she had.

I bet she wishes she could just airbrush that initial tweet from history — like it never happened.

Kinda like the New York Times did today with her claim.

They reported it — and then, when they figured out it was wrong, they simply vanished it. Whoosh. Presto-change-o! It was never there. Did you hear me? It was never there.

Earlier today, The Times — and yes, I will name the reporters; they are Eric Lichtblau, Michael D. Shear, and Charlie Savage — published an article titled Democrats Call for Sessions to Recuse Himself From Russia Inquiry. (It now reads Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself from Russia Inquiry.) As the day went on, The Times revised the article in various ways, using the same URL, never noting their edits.

But my favorite edit came to the following paragraph, which was in the original story:

But Democrats were unassuaged. In a statement, Mr. Franken called Mr. Sessions’s testimony “at best misleading,” noting, “It’s clearer than ever now that the attorney general cannot, in good faith, oversee an investigation at the Department of Justice and the F.B.I. of the Trump-Russia connection, and he must recuse himself immediately.”

Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, cast doubt on Mr. Sessions’s explanation that he had met with the Russian ambassador because of his duties as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying that was beyond the panel’s jurisdiction.

“I’ve been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years,” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.”

And Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, went further, calling for Mr. Sessions to resign because he let a “demonstrably false” statement stand for weeks without correcting the public record.

Then, the Internet began presenting proof that she was wrong, and the language in bold . . . disappeared.

You can track the changes at the site At 4:34 p.m. Eastern, the story still contained the paragraph above. But at 5:18 p.m. Eastern, New York Times axed the language in bold. Review the changes here. Here is a screenshot from that shows the change made at 5:18 p.m.:


It’s actually quite newsworthy that a politician who criticizes Jeff Sessions for saying he didn’t meet with the Russian ambassador when he had . . . herself said she didn’t meet with the Russian ambassador when she had. If the New York Times were interested in simply reporting newsworthy material, they would have left in McCaskill’s claim, and reported that she was wrong.

I’m going to say that again, because it’s important. If the New York Times were interested in simply reporting newsworthy material, they would have left in McCaskill’s claim, and reported that she was wrong.

But, you see, they’re not interested in simply reporting newsworthy material. They have an agenda. This didn’t fit their agenda. So they disappeared it. Without a trace. Without a hint that it had ever been there.

Except, that is, at (and on the Twitter timeline of the Federalist’s Sean Davis, who first caught this).

If you want to understand why Americans are furious at the news media, this is Exhibit A. The newspaper of record deliberately covered up a newsworthy story that we can prove they knew about, just because it was inconvenient for the leftist, anti-Trump agenda they are pushing.

You want to know why we don’t trust you, media? This is why. Right here. This is why.

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

143 Responses to “DEVASTATING PROOF OF MEDIA BIAS: New York Times Airbrushes Away Democrat’s Embarrassing False Claim Without a Trace”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. Saw this unfold on Twitter earlier, and it was blatant. I haven’t checked back on this story since, but does anyone know if Davis got the reporter (any one of the six on the byline) to explain why they didn’t issue a correction?

    Sean (41ed1e)

  3. Does Elijah Cummings know about this? Chaffetz? McCaskill needs to resign. Right now. Or recuse herself from all matters pertaining to Russia.

    nk (dbc370)

  4. Reason # 846,324,736 to not trust a word printed in the NY Times and the MSM. They are agents of the DNC and have zero interest in reporting the news. For them to claim special 1st Amendment protections beyond the average Joe is a joke.

    NJRob (a702b2)

  5. I’m shocked gambling is going on here, Shirley:

    Check 2015 at the time of the DavidSamuel’s piece, notably though abpn Iranian dissident publucation, had one of the officials, niusavian as part of the mechanism, ploughshare fund in the Iran deal.

    narciso (d1f714)

  6. This whole charade has become the most ridiculous circus of incompetence and deceit.

    SPQR (a3a747)

  7. Most assuredly its enemy action, spqr

    narciso (d1f714)

  8. Claire McCaskill’s tweet is still there on Twitter, and she defends it. She now says she never met one on one, just herself, but there were many Senators there, and the issue concerned international adoptions. (I think Putin had put a freeze on adoptions from Russia in retaliation for some sanctions.)

    Claire McCaskill
    @clairecmc 11h

    As the chief law enforcement officer in this nation,he should resign.He sets the example,good prosecutor knows better
    View photo ·

    Claire McCaskill
    @clairecmc 12h
    4 years ago went to meeting of many Senators about international adoptions. Russian Amb also attended.
    View details ·

    Claire McCaskill
    @clairecmc 12h
    Again, As senior member of Armed Serv, never received call or request from Russian Amb for meeting. Never met one on one w/him.
    View details ·

    Claire McCaskill
    @clairecmc 16h
    I’ve been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years.No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.
    View details ·

    Sammy Finkelman (8dcc71)

  9. I’m not convinced, though. Do you have more proof?

    But seriously…

    Look at the media freaking out about Republicans meeting in secret to draft a bill to kill Obamacare.

    Where were they when Obamacare was being drafted in secret?

    Daryl Herbert (7be116)

  10. Carrying the rizzotto tray, singing the praises of Herr gruber

    narciso (d1f714)

  11. Expect nothing but deceit and duplicity from the professional propaganda merchants at the NY Times. And, yes, they are shameless liars and worse

    ropelight (de5f95)

  12. The New York Tims, by the way, changed the format of their editorial and news index pages today. They moved the masthead from the editorial page, (3td page from last of the first section) where it had been split into 2 pieces, to page A2, which they expanded into page A3, and they will include from now a mini-crossword puzzle, with answers the next day.

    The Upshot, a recent innovation, which was on page A3, and was most of the time kind of interesting, and went into statistics and polls (that was where they printed the ranking a la New York magazine, of 20 matters related to Trump’s presdency that had filled a lot of newsprint) now seems to be gone.

    The main innovation of the ditorial and op-ed page is they have eliminated anumber of straught lines separating matterial, which I don’t think is good, and they narrowed the letters column. Evidently they want more space for editorials and Op-eds. They will sometimes print an op-ed columnist now, theysay, ohe editorial page. I don’t they added more space. They just have morw white space.

    Sammy Finkelman (8dcc71)

  13. Other than the obvious how did you like the play, Mrs Lincoln?

    narciso (d1f714)

  14. Remember when being honest was something you learned as a child?

    Leviticus (d4d726)

  15. It’s like a contest between media and the Trump administration to see who can be more dishonest more often.

    Leviticus (d4d726)

  16. I have always said MSM didn’t have a bias. They have an agenda. There’s a huge difference. And I was always right.

    John Hitchcock (5c911c)

  17. somehow president mr donald will be invoked

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  18. Claire McCaskill Leaves a wet, oily spot wherever she sits.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  19. i love how the new york times’ malfeasance is proof that president mr donald needs to be impeached and stuff

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  20. 18… exactly!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  21. There is something fundamentally wrong about the former administration nistration’s penchant for conducting espionage against American citizens. There ought to be some outrage expressed.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  22. somehow president mr donald will be invoked

    Do you draw a pentagram or sacrifice a chicken while chanting a West African incantation?

    nk (dbc370)

  23. Yikes phonespellhell.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. Snopes hasn’t ruled on this yet so I can’t say say if this is true or not.

    jcurtis (7a8e28)

  25. The Gray Lady: Airbrushing all the news that’s inconvenient to The Narrative.

    askeptic (340f22)

  26. nk (dbc370) — 3/2/2017 @ 10:15 pm

    Pentagram! Chickens are only if you’re from East Africa.

    askeptic (340f22)

  27. Leviticus (d4d726) — 3/2/2017 @ 8:51 pm

    There’s no contest. Compared to the ComPost, the Trump Administration are amateurs.

    askeptic (340f22)

  28. The New York Times did run a story noting McCaskill’s error:

    Eve (d7dde7)

  29. Now they’re going after Pence.

    Deep State runs deep, plays with fire.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  30. “Officials in the Obama administration reportedly spent Barack Obama’s final few days in office spreading their message internally that President Trump’s associates had maintained inappropriate ties to Russian officials during the campaign, an allegation that neither the Obama administration nor the Trump administration has publicly substantiated.”

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  31. Even vanity fair, finds this ridiculous, they were the ones that dabbled in trig denialism, less agregously than business insider, dealt in divorce slander as ludicrous as the dodgy dossier.

    narciso (120065)

  32. 32. That’s not a New York Times story That’s an AP story, which is also available through the New York Times website.

    The New York Times did put the MCClaskill tweet in another story, in parenthesis:

    Mr. Schumer sought to distinguish between Mr. Sessions’s meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, which he called appropriate, and the “very inappropriate” step of misleading Congress. (One Democrat, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, invited criticism on Thursday for saying that she had never held a call or meeting with the Russian ambassador, despite previously describing two such conversations on Twitter. She blamed Twitter’s character limit for the confusion.)

    The Twitter character limit!?

    I think her first explanation was better. She was thinking only of one-on-one meetings – this was a meeting with a delegation of Senators.

    Maybe she means that the Twitter character limit affected her tweet in 2013 – and caused her to leave out the fact that oher Senators would be there, too, and made it sound like she was meeting the Russian Ambassador alone. (There might have been other tweets that fully explained this, because I don’t think it would have been retrieved by search now)

    Sammy Finkelman (8dcc71)

  33. Claire in Russian is Svetlana. (Both from their respective languages’ root-words for “light”.) That was the name of Stalin’s daughter. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    nk (dbc370)

  34. Well she looks like a babuska lady

    narciso (120065)

  35. Democrat politicians need to have their teeth knocked out and their heads crammed up their poop chute.

    mg (31009b)

  36. Yeah, I’d leave Pence alone, but maybe it’s (the private server in Indy) a show-out he and the Wiscy boys threw out there to prove had not orchestrating some of this other stuff.

    urbanleftbehind (58d5ae)

  37. 38, that might explain Stab.Me.Now and Gillebrand also.

    urbanleftbehind (58d5ae)

  38. Want more Trump?

    This is how you get more Trump.

    Thanks, NYTimes, WaPo, Clair, Leviticus.

    Steven Malynn (d29fc3)

  39. Sammeh cuts slack where others are not so inclined.

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  40. Claire McCaskill is a wet, greasy stain on American politics, and that is being charitable.

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  41. It does feel like groundhog doesnt it coronelo?

    narciso (120065)

  42. Yes, and may I also say that if anyone agrees that Sessions should resign, please understand that you are a tool of Nancy Pelosi.

    And that makes you a megatool.

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  43. He brought the beef stroganoff, 22 times to the Obama whitehousr

    narciso (d1f714)

  44. Is nogoodnik, no?

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  45. Herein lies theroblem, breitbart understood that politics now is mma, no holds barred, one might say the holdings if the Doolittle report pertain, any concession to the democrats no matter how well intentioned is ill considered

    narciso (d1f714)

  46. The New York Times did run a story noting McCaskill’s error

    Sure, a brief AP piece. But why wasn’t it worth leaving the accusation and rebuttal in the story about Sessions?

    We all know why.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  47. they are no good, these new york times propaganda sluts

    i never do clicks on them anymore

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  48. “Is lies! Stop spreading teh fake news, [CNN] !!

    — Ivana Schtupyunow

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  49. 53… yes! Narciso for teh win!

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  50. Well you have to mark the puddles of piddle, but there are so many lictblau (he wrote a whole book on the ashcroft reign of terror) camarada miroff, Harris who has popper scooped duty at the journal

    narciso (d1f714)

  51. speaking of revisions.

    Bush revises his opinion of Putin
    repudiating his famous “Look into Putin’s Soul” statement, free and clear to jump on the ‘Trump is a Russian’ train with all his new friends in the Democratic party. [YouTube]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  52. Jump on board Bush does appearing on
    Ellen Degenerate show yesterday going along with and augmenting the Russia elected Trump lie.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  53. after reiterating that ex presidents should refrain from criticizing current presidents,
    Bush proceeds to giving the New York Times and media in general a 5 minute long kiss with tongue.


    papertiger (c8116c)

  54. I posted about the McCaskill tweets yesterday at 8:44 am.

    Whomever said it was right, the lie is halfway around the world while the truth is still putting its pants on.

    The NYTimes regularly airbrushes the errors out of their smears. I remember they still had up one story where Trayvon Martin was shot in the back, after a warning shot, a year and a half after Zimmerman pulled the trigger.

    Are some of you out there still not fully aware of the MSM’s war against Trump?

    Maybe this will help nudge a few more into the light…..(also posted yesterday):

    harkin (70fe68)

  55. Yes I posted re NBC and ABC and Carlos slim collusion re sanford.

    narciso (aa60f1)


    narciso’s guy was a manufacture/distributor of the fake news.

    Not related to the bomb threats to JCC’s. Those were calls in an ex girlfriend’s name, to get even for her giving him an std.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  57. Bravo on another superb mainstream media takedown, Patterico. It’s just a damned shame that there are so many fish in this nasty barrel for you to shoot at, but you do it better than anyone else, so it’s still fun to watch.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  58. 32. The New York Times did run a story noting McCaskill’s error

    Patterico (115b1f) — 3/3/2017 @ 7:27 am

    Sure, a brief AP piece.

    These Ap stories don’t appear (usually) in the printed paper, but they do get retrieved by he New York Times search engine or by Google.

    But why wasn’t it worth leaving the accusation and rebuttal in the story about Sessions?

    We all know why.

    It was wrong. But they did include that (on parenthesis) in another story, entitled:

    Sticking With Trump, Republicans Resist Call for Broader Russian Inquiry

    …which I quoted in #36.

    Now maybe you had something to do with them making sure to get included somewhere. You and maybe the whole controversy.

    But what we do see here is that if a claim is refuted too quickly the claim may disappear. And that’s actually not good. Now Clarre McCaskill claims her meeting was different, because it was a delegation of Senators, and the 140-character Twitter limit made her 2013 tweet misleading and made it look like she was meeeting alone.

    Sammy Finkelman (8dcc71)

  59. I think Andrew Beitbart specialized in not proving himself right too quickly, ut maybe I don’t have that right.

    Sammy Finkelman (8dcc71)

  60. Rush Limbaugh said Obama met with the Russia Ambassador (about) twenty times – and well that’s what Ambassador’s do, they are basically lobbyists. The State Department helped set up that meeting with all the ambassadors at the Republican National Convention (I think he said.) Also, Ambassador Kislyak was at Trump’s inofficial State of the Union speech on Tuesday – sitting with the Democrats. Schumer has met him.

    He says this is made to look ominous because there’s about four lies circulating – Trump loves Putin; Putin loves Trump; they worked togerher; Trump has business dealings with Russia; Russia caused Hillary to lose the election…

    Sammy Finkelman (8dcc71)

  61. The newspaper of record deliberately covered up a newsworthy story that we can prove they knew about, just because it was inconvenient for the leftist, anti-Trump agenda they are pushing.

    In related news, it will be interesting to see how the US media at large covers this matter as it unfolds.

    Desk jockey journalists from major fourth estate institutions have a deservedly poor reputation in a lot of countries. But US press departments seem to have a serious Florida Man tendency at the moment.

    JP (f1742c)

  62. I’m Earl Sheib and I can paint over any story for only $99.95.

    Pinandpuller (061e95)

  63. Use Blue Fox Network: Makes you feel better and it don’t stink.

    Pinandpuller (061e95)

  64. why did you not post your obamacare thinger here

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  65. From Tripoli to Damascus to Kiev to Washington DC, The New York Times, Washington Post, et al are desperate to cover-up the collateral damage (e.g. catastrophic anthropogenic immigration reform) from Obama’s social justice wars and toxic debt.

    Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae
    Thursday, September 25, 2003
    U.S. House of Representatives,
    Committee on Financial Services

    No, we don’t, and it would be [class] diversitist, or something, to investigate. Beware overlapping and convergent interests.

    n.n (c47b06)

  66. Florida Man

    I live in Florida (as do Narciso and Ropelight), and I have no idea what that means.

    My local JCC was one of the ones which received a bomb threat, and it’s not one of the ones the fake Missouri journalist targeted, btw.

    kishnevi (870883)

  67. Florida Man eat you face

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  68. Hi kishnevi – this NPR story is a decent précis of the Rabelaisian antics of Florida Man.

    JP (f1742c)

  69. I was going to say google Florida man eats face, but you don’t need to see that.

    Nobody needs to see that. Make it go away. I need mind bleach.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  70. I believe Florida Man drives the SUV involved in all fatal road accidents as well as owning all the murder committing guns.

    He’s a true menace to humanity.

    Rick Ballard (2d3a64)

  71. nevermind #73

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  72. Deep State Sabotage.

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  73. thanks.
    Can’t find the actual quote, but Carl Hiassen likes to claim that whenever he thinks up a truly weird and wacky incident for use in one of his novels, he is sure to open up the newspaper a few days later and find out someone did it in real life.

    kishnevi (870883)

  74. It was an Obama administration arranged get together in cleveland.

    narciso (7adfd6)

  75. This would have got the “All Right” with thunderous applause had it occurred in an episode of Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes or The Jeffersons:

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  76. I think Andrew Beitbart specialized in not proving himself right too quickly, ut maybe I don’t have that right.

    Sammy Finkelman

    He was actually pretty aggressive, but he also was strategic about it. He knew when the right moment to press 100% was. He knew when to just look the media in the eyes and call them out, because at those moments he was reaching the American people somewhat directly. Trump has also done a great job of this kind of thing, though I hate to admit it because I do not want to compare a great man to Trump.

    I think the media bias dynamic is because it’s extremely fashionable, even more than in the BDS era, to bash a guy like Trump. But the media actually has every reason to sober up its coverage. Instead of editoralizing everything, instead of tilting the scales, the media could restore its credibility a lot by just being fair, and unalarmist. Trump’s going to take care of his own poor reputation. We all know that.

    But the problem is, the NYT, CNN, WAPO, they lose eyeballs if they aren’t freaking out. They have to be extreme because that’s what consumers of news want. They need headlines, they need to be linked, they need to be on twitter, and they need to be relevant in the next ten seconds, with no thought to their relevance in the next ten years.

    It serves to polarize Trump’s supporters and critics. There is a niche wide open for journalism, real objective journalism.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  77. Exhibit A should have been noticed by you over a decade ago, Patterico, when the NYT ran a disgusting piece by Judith Miller that helped deceive us into the war with Iraq.

    Not all news organizations are the same. Highlighting this and saying the media is flawed is analogous to tasting anchovies (or anything you detest) and proclaiming you have DEVASTATING PROOF that all food tastes bad.

    By the way, science is not all the same either, since we’re on that topic. There is a continuum of certainty, depending on the branch of science. Physics is more or less certain, but Theoretical Physics, not so much. The scientific method relies on others to duplicate results. One study is basically meaningless. It has to be duplicated numerous times, by numerous researchers, to be considered a fact. Can they go wrong sometimes? Sure, it is after all a human endeavor.

    Similarly, independent verification among other news organizations helps. If I see a story, I try to find it on more than one site before thinking it’s probably true. The best news organization independently verify their stories rather than rely on any other news organization.

    Tillman (a95660)

  78. All right back on your heads

    That’s my favorite joke.

    Patterico (b7c0f1)

  79. Chunks is my dog is maybe my second favorite. Also the Pope’s requirements for the woman he must sleep with.

    Patterico (b7c0f1)

  80. I thought your favorite joke ends “No, you don’t understand. Chunks is my dog’s name.”

    Tillman (a95660)

  81. Cross posted there.

    Tillman (a95660)

  82. OMG are we sure Daniella Vargas’ dad isn’t Joe Scarborough?

    Pinandpuller (061e95)

  83. We don’t know for a complete certainty that Mr President Donald Trump isn’t deporting KD Lang. We should do some swabs or something.

    Pinandpuller (061e95)

  84. Well, KD Lang is Canadian, so maybe its a subtle jab at Trudeau and his open arms to refugees (or to Cruz to stop being so unctious with regard to the Obamacare repeal-and-just die).

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  85. If you want to get your Democratic bias and partisanship pure, try this:

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  86. kishnevi @82 Maybe it wasn’t Carl Hiassen who said that, but some other writer.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  87. Tillman (a95660) — 3/3/2017 @ 11:59 am

    If I see a story, I try to find it on more than one site before thinking it’s probably true.

    That’s not enough.

    I heard from more than one place that when Sessions recused himself the next in line was an Obama holdover. The New York Times said it was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, whom Trump had named as Acting attorney general when Sally Yates was asked to resign, and I think the New York Times is right and everybody else is wrong.

    You have to read or listen to the stories and judge where and how they are getting their information. Certain assertions tend to self-verify.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  88. Now Pelosi caught lying about meeting with the Russian ambassador:

    If she’s consistent in her thinking, she’ll resign, right?

    harkin (afc7a6)

  89. Punchline to favorite joke when in 3rd grade: “a zipper”.

    Punchline to favorite joke going on 60: “a zipper”.

    harkin (afc7a6)

  90. Sammy, great link. Very disturbing how the government is so flagrant about his it’s not going to follow the results of the election. Dangerous, even.

    If Trump cleans out the agencies, who can blame him? Only the people who already would, right? That’s the real problem with having such an unpopular guy who has few allies. What does he have to lose? A recipe for real problems, but potential for some real needed house cleaning.

    I can only imagine the freak out if, a couple months into Obama’s first term, a bunch of Bush fans in and out of the government decided to start calling themselves a shadow cabinet.

    Everyone is taking a bite of the ‘I don’t like my president’ sandwich, if you go back from W to Obama to Trump. If you don’t like peaceful transitions of power, you don’t really belong in our country.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  91. 87.”Exhibit A should have been noticed by you over a decade ago, Patterico, when the NYT ran a disgusting piece by Judith Miller that helped deceive us into the war with Iraq.”

    Hysterical and dishonest revision of history.

    The libs conveniently forget all democrats calling Saddam a dire threat needing to be overthrown.


    harkin (afc7a6)

  92. 70. 75. The ex-journalist is accused of making only 8 bomb threats and dexcriobed as a copycat.

    This is not the person with an ability to spoof telephone numbers and disguise his voice who made the other 75 or so bomb threats.

    They are really trying to solve this.

    This just in:

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Friday it had issued an emergency waiver to allow law enforcement to temporarily access caller-ID information for those making anonymous threats against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) across the country.

    But if the caller ID is spoofed I don’t know how much that’s going to help.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  93. Very interesting…

    “Now, new information has come out that throws cold water all over their phony “RussiaGate” scandal.

    It turns out the senator spoke to the Russian ambassador in one of the allegedly scandalous “meetings” on the invitation of the Obama administration.

    Hans A. von Spakovsky of reports (emphasis added):

    So what are the two meetings that Sessions had? The first came at a conference on “Global Partners in Diplomacy,” where Sessions was the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, The Heritage Foundation, and several other organizations, it was held in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.
    The conference was an educational program for ambassadors invited by the Obama State Department to observe the convention. The Obama State Department handled all of the coordination with ambassadors and their staff, of which there were about 100 at the conference.

    Apparently, after Sessions finished speaking, a small group of ambassadors—including the Russian ambassador—approached the senator as he left the stage and thanked him for his remarks. That’s the first “meeting.” And it’s hardly an occasion—much less a venue—in when a conspiracy to “interfere” with the November election could be hatched.”

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  94. This just in… Juan Williams is a horse’s ass… film at 11…

    Colonel Haiku (ea7bff)

  95. Col.,if that’s all there is to it, why didn’t Sessions say so himself yesterday?

    What would be very appropriate is if anyone came up with Hillary campaign staffers or DNC operatives meeting with Russians last year.

    kishnevi (07cb64)

  96. What is the media for, only secondarily about informing take benghazi Lois Lerner and sanford, its about promoting an agenda, this is why there is one reporter following the fired house intelligence staffers

    narciso (460861)

  97. Because the question involved the claims,of the dirty diaper dossier, not any other function

    narciso (460861)

  98. Practically all the senators were pushing the Iran deal, whose facilitator has been russia

    narciso (460861)

  99. “What would be very appropriate is if anyone came up with Hillary campaign staffers or DNC operatives meeting with Russians last year.”

    “As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors.

    And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

    At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show.” – NYTimes. –

    Imagine if were someone with Trump connections…….

    harkin (afc7a6)

  100. Urbanleftbehind

    I knew KD ate at the Y but I didn’t know she flew out of the YYZed.

    Pinandpuller (061e95)

  101. I’ve heard tell you can make a fertilized egg from three parents. If true then I’ve seen KD Lang, Joe Scarborough and Rachel Maddow’s hate f*ck spawn.

    Pinandpuller (061e95)

  102. A kid runs in his house and tells his dad he saw a lion. The dad says,”son, you are not telling the truth. Let’s go see your lion.” They go outside and see a huge dog with a lion cut from a dog groomer. The dad says,”son, you’re going up stairs to your room and talk to God until you learn to tell the truth.”

    About an hour goes by and the dad goes upstairs. “Son, did you talk to God?” The boy says,”I sure did, dad!” “So what did he say?” asked the dad.

    “He said the first time he saw that dog, he thought it was a lion too!”

    Pinandpuller (061e95)

  103. Sammy

    There is at least one app for iphones where you can set the area code you want to be calling from and it generates a burner #. I don’t know if the trail is impossible to access like other apple products.

    Pinandpuller (061e95)

  104. God Bless the free press for forcing Sessions to recuse, then giving the fool a platform to make matters worse by granting interviews on cable talk shows.

    Sessions was apparently acting as his own client because a smart lawyer would have told him to issue the statement, end there, not do a presser and to stop talking on the TeeVee about his keen recollections of names, events and attendees when he’s feigning poor recall about discussions w/a big, fat Russian ambassador.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  105. Re miller, its striking how she was the only times reporter who was so reprimanded, scads of new York tines reporters includung Chris hedges, reported aspects of the story that proved out imc0omplete. Yet they emerged unscathed.

    narciso (d1f714)

  106. Let me explain in terms you’ll understand,man of mystery,remeber when they were auditioning replacements for Howard Beale, bupkis zip zero NASA.

    narciso (d1f714)

  107. That Daily Caller link has this bank of links on the sidebar. It’s called outbrain and it’s become disturbingly common. If you are a news site, pretending to be at least superficially offended by “fake news”, somebody in the ad department has to get a handle on this stuff.

    Here’s what I’m talking about. (my comments in parenthasis)


    Kellyanne Stuns Millions Over Her Resignation (totally fake)

    Bill O’Reilly Makes A Shocking Announcement (Does this mean Outbrain is a Fox News promotion?)

    Ann Coulter Calls It Quits (Ann Coulter is an independently wealthy self employed author)

    1 Fruit That “Destroys” Diabetes Try This Tonight (Should b sued for fraud – similar to Philipines based cancer faith healers)

    Lose Weight With Apple Cider Vinegar (Same as the diabetes destroyer should b sued)

    Kaley Cuoco Shocked After CBS Cancels ‘Big Bang Theory’ Because of Her! (TBBT was renewed for two seasons)

    3 Young Women Turn Down Largest Deal In ‘Shark Tank’ History (Haven’t the first clue what ‘Shark Tank’ is)

    Nevermind Adderall. This Is The “Real” Genius Pill. (I blame Hollywood for giving them the idea for this fraud)

    Kaley Cuoco Shocked After CBS Cancels ‘Big Bang Theory’ Because of her! (they ran out of ideas for click bait in the space of one sidebar- suggests to me an Asian origin)

    Has to be something to be done about this.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  108. Yes breitbart has some of the same cluckbIt, but they in average are pretty solid, whereas as the three prestige papers, are almost partially or entirely false.

    narciso (d1f714)

  109. “…reporters includung Chris hedges,”

    Harsh but accurate.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  110. 110, she’s from Edmonton, so I put more stock in the latter of my theories (shot to bow of Cruz).

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  111. Yes, perhaps he should have, kishnevi. But where’s the evidence of any wrongdoing? If there’s an investigation, there should be multiple investigations of the Obama administration’s activities from June on through 12:01 PM Eastern, January 21, 2017.

    Questionable NSA activity that was green lighted, leaks, collusion with Lord knows who, etc. And that’s just for starters.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  112. Ah that’s what’s called freudian, coronello, he along with miller filed some if the first stories on the late blind sheiks, he followed some of the stories re salmon pak, which were partially true.

    narciso (d1f714)

  113. When all the press are absolutely sure that something nefarious happened, I tend to doubt it, my experience here and in other places, suggests the truth is about 90 degrees off.

    narciso (d1f714)

  114. daily caller writes all their article headlines in click bait style as well

    it’s not attractive

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  115. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 3/3/2017 @ 6:01 pm

    We have a GOP controlled House, a GOP dominated Senate, a GOP President and AG. If the press does not investigate–what excuse does Congresd and the DOJ have?

    kishnevi (2f2613)

  116. Actually click bait started with Newsmax and Facebook, as best I know.

    kishnevi (2f2613)

  117. Odd isn’t it because there is nothing there.

    I maintain all these ‘leaks’ are just fake news because none of the content turns out to be true.

    narciso (d1f714)

  118. @117. You’re articulating the popular rage, narciso.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  119. All great points, kishnevi. What do you believe the motivation behind all of this noise is? Is this a coordinated assault in an attempt to undermine a legitimately elected POTUS?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  120. At least the Caller provides a textual story below their videos, unlike Fox News. Thats a big help in workplaces that may hold your views against you.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  121. Yes they are lazy in that regard, a fair bit of it is an ape filling in a fox shell like the new taco bell entree.

    narciso (d1f714)

  122. 131
    You attribute too much forethought to the media. Some people outside the media may be* purposefully trying to damage Trump (not as a means of questioning his legitimacy, but simply to hamper him politically). But the main media is simply following the noise and hubbub to try to grab audience and ad revenue.

    *Stated contigentally because I don’t have actual evidence, even though that is certainly the case

    kishnevi (2f2613)

  123. They are a conduit, but who they chose to listen from ‘the rizzotto Tray’ carriers are key,

    narciso (d1f714)

  124. Probably late to the party but CONGRATS on getting linked on this post over at

    They linked to to it at Redstate — cost you some clicks here.

    shipwreckedcrew (56b591)

  125. There’s a simple solution to this: Stop reading the NYTimes. I have. Life vastly better.

    Kevin Stafford (df475d)

  126. @134. Depends on the medium. The Beast needs fed.

    TV suits have an agenda– ratings, profits and ROI for stockholders… but the on air talent is just that– hired news readers. Very few are shoe-leather journalists. And of late, they’re depending on print journalists to fill their teleprompters to feed The Beast. Websites always have agendas and print usually does thanks to their editorial board and/or publisher/owner. But they all have one common enemy: time. The loss of time to digest and assimilate information today is not healthy. You hear the complaints in the grocery store and in media. ‘Exhausted’ already… too much information with too little time to digest it. So increasingly it all becomes white noise… and people just turn away– or tune it out. It’s the slow death of outrage.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  127. Sammy @ 69: “That’s what ambassadors do.”

    Lights, bells, horns, whistles and wild applause. Exactly.

    creeper (165b36)

  128. Congrats are in order,
    This post (along with the Redstate) made it into the “Picks” header at PowerLine.

    That is better than the cover of the Rolling Stone.

    MD in Philly (d7dcad)

  129. “I THINK TRUMP NEEDS TO APPOINT A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS CHARGE. Mark Levin: Was Obama Using NSA Against Trump During 2016 Campaign? LBJ used government resources to spy on opponents. Why should we think Obama wouldn’t?

    Related: ‘A NEW LOW!’ Donald Trump claims Barack Obama ‘had his wires tapped in Trump Tower before US election win.’

    Plus, from Andy McCarthy:

    Instead, the Obama Justice Department decided to pursue the matter as a national-security investigation under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). In June, it sought the FISA court’s permission to conduct surveillance on a number of Trump associates — and perhaps even Trump himself. It has been reported that Trump was “named” in the application, but it is not publicly known whether he (a) was named as a proposed wiretap target, or (b) was just mentioned in passing in the application.

    The FISA court found the application so weak that it said now — which it never does — and the Obama Administration came back with a narrower one, which may or may not have mentioned Trump specifically, which was granted, shortly before the election.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  130. “WE NEED A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO LOOK AT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ABUSES AIMED AT INFLUENCING THE ELECTION: Trump Goes Nuclear With Claim Obama Wiretapped Him During Election. The seriousness of the charge demands investigation. “If the Obama administration abused the FISA process to wiretap a political opponent, it is a scandal of the first order–the worst political scandal of my lifetime, easily. And the press has known about it and covered it up? Unbelievable.” Oh, it’s pretty believable.

    Related: Did the Obama Administration Try Stacking the Deck Against Trump at the Justice Department?”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  131. 139. Its like when Tom Delay complained that his opponents were trying to “ban politics”.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

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