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3/18/2018

Trump Twitter Accusation Against Comey Creates Non-Existent Quote Out of Thin Air

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:00 pm

Earlier today, Carl Arbogast noted President Trump’s frenetic morning Twitter tirade, including this accusation that James Comey lied under oath:

Note that Trump puts this inside quotes, thus claiming that Grassley asked precisely this question in these words: “have you ever been an anonymous source…or known someone else to be an anonymous source…?” The money quote is the second phrase, because Andy McCabe testified, as Jerry Dunleavy noted yesterday, that Comey was aware that McCabe had authorized leaks:

The problem is that when you examine the actual testimony, it does not match up to what Trump put inside quotation marks:

GRASSLEY: Director Comey, have you ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?

COMEY: Never.

GRASSLEY: Question two, relatively related, have you ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?

COMEY: No.

The question was not “have you … known someone else to be an anonymous source” but rather “have you ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source” about those matters.

In other words, Trump made up the money quote. “Authorized” is not the same as “known” — as I noted yesterday, and even Jerry Dunleavy conceded:

Indeed, McCabe’s position is that he had authority to authorize these leaks on his own.

This is not a total defense of Comey, of course. I agree with Dunleavy that there is an arguable contradiction there — indicating, if not an outright lie, then perhaps an, um, “lack of candor” on Comey’s part. It’s troubling and should be investigated further. You could argue that Comey’s knowledge constituted a sort of authorization (just as you could argue that it didn’t).

But that doesn’t give President Trump the right to make up quotes. Things inside quotation marks should be actual quotes. No matter how you feel about whether Comey lied, or whether his knowledge amounted to authorization — none of that changes the fact that Trump made up a quote that was not actually said in Comey’s testimony.

Neither President Trump nor anyone else should make up quotes. Period.

If he does so — and he unquestionably did here — he should be called out, just like we would call out someone on the left who did the same.

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

114 Responses to “Trump Twitter Accusation Against Comey Creates Non-Existent Quote Out of Thin Air”

  1. If you know that your subordinate engaged in an unauthorized leak, and do nothing about it, then you are authorizing it. It’s not as if a leak is akin to pilfering office supplies.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  2. Shaw the entire front section of the post the times and the journal have been leaks, for a year and a half. Half the time the info is false as with flynn conversations with ambassador kislyak.

    narciso (d1f714)

  3. I think Tromp was using “scare-quotes,” not “quote-quotes.” Or is this Happyfeet’s line?

    felipe (023cc9)

  4. Trunp, not Tromp!

    felipe (023cc9)

  5. I am shocked, shocked, that Donald Trump would make something up to attack an opponent with! Not that paragon of honesty and integrity! Not never! Round up the usual suspects!

    nk (dbc370)

  6. Neither President Trump nor anyone else should make up quotes. Period.

    the other day you approvingly quote the following from some random CNN Jake tapper fake new propganda slut:

    Speaking to reporters while traveling in Africa, Tillerson said the attack “clearly came from Russia” and would “certainly trigger a response.”

    but research using the internet revealed that Tillerson was speaking not of “the attack” but of the particular poison used in the attack

    so how is this different from making up quotes?

    The effect of this is far more misleading than President Trump’s tweet, which seems to owe its imprecision more to … being a tweet…

    than to being an attempt to deceive the readers like how CNN likes to do

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. here is a linker link to the post i cite in my previous comment

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  8. Odd how downer is presented as a neutral witness, much like
    fusion gps who has run interference for middleeast sheiks planned parenthood and theranos

    https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/meet-hillary-clintons-other-more-powerful-shadowy-oppo-research-firm/

    narciso (d1f714)

  9. oops approvingly *quoted* i should have said

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  10. If you know that your subordinate engaged in an unauthorized leak, and do nothing about it, then you are authorizing it.

    Grassley: asks x.

    Trump: misquotes x as y to trash Comey.

    Patterico: points out that Trump misquoted x as y.

    random viking: disputes whether Comey didn’t really y after all. (Totally ignoring x.)

    Thanks, Internet!

    Demosthenes (09f714)

  11. fbi agent-pimp James Comey has always always always been a hugely unethical sleazy liar this isn’t really seriously in dispute

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  12. Comey said he didn’t do x, when @1 asserts that he did. Hence, Comey lied.

    Domesthenes introduces z which has nothing to do with x or y.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  13. “The spine of the FBI is the rule of law. The spine of the FBI is a commitment to doing the right thing, in the right way, while protecting civil liberties.”

    here is an example of the kind of egregious and blatant lie that comes out of James Comey’s dirty lying sanctimonious mouth on a regular basis

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  14. Fake news.
    Fake memo.
    Fake quotes.
    Fake out, eh, Captain, sir?!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  15. As pointed out in another piece, when the anthrax crisis came
    about, both comey and Mueller, ignored all the predicates of al
    queda probability and followed a crazy notion propounded by Nicholas kristof, which cost Stephen hatfill his liberty, and the bureau a 5.5 million dollar settlement, then they made a similar mistake with Bruce ivins.

    narciso (d1f714)

  16. If he does so — and he unquestionably did here — he should be called out, just like we would call out someone on the left who did the same.

    you can call him out if you want but I love him

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  17. “Following his termination late Friday night, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe declared that he was “singled out” after “unrelenting” attacks by President Trump and critics. McCabe’s objections are less than credible, given the virtually unprecedented recommendation of career officials to fire the one-time acting FBI director.

    However, McCabe may have rectified his “singled out” status with his long statement criticizing his termination: In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.

    McCabe is accused of misleading investigators about allegedly giving information to a former Wall Street Journal reporter about the investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family’s charitable foundation. McCabe asserts in his post-firing statement that he not only had authority to “share” that information to the media but did so with the knowledge of “the director.” The FBI director at the time was Comey.”

    http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/378919-mccabe-just-made-life-tough-for-comey-and-the-special-counsel

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. What are the odds McCabe ends up in the park with six self inflicted gunshot wounds to the head. Another case of Arkancide.

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  19. This was the piece:

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/08/robert-mueller-botching-investigations-since-anthrax-attacks

    Remember in clear and present danger where Ryan questions cutter (who is a more cynical character than the book) about where his
    authorixation to run the operation came from

    narciso (d1f714)

  20. That’s only likely to happen from a Trumpkin nutcase. Like the guy who showed up at the Pizzeria with a semi-automatic rifle because he believed Alex Jones and his weirdos that it was a nest of pedophiles.

    nk (dbc370)

  21. Like maddows #1 fan who turned a baseball diamond into a shooting gallery, who had unexamined communications with Durbin and duckworth or that Kentucky chiropractor who saw random Paul as his tackling dummy.

    narciso (d1f714)

  22. Comey said he didn’t do x, when @1 asserts that he did. Hence, Comey lied.

    Comey: I didn’t do x.

    random viking: According to my definition of what x means, Comey did x.

    The English language: laughs, because that’s not how definitions work, Humpty Dumpty.

    Domesthenes introduces z which has nothing to do with x or y.

    Demosthenes: Makes his z comment, not directed at random viking in particular, but mocking what our society has become. (Including, to some degree, Demosthenes himself, for z-ing.)

    random viking: Once again insists on Comey x-ing, because dagnabbit, infallible Oracle of the Universe random viking said he x-ed!

    Demosthenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJWG7Zg-A34

    Demosthenes (09f714)

  23. Yes, yes, nutcases shoot and tackle people they have been egged on to view as their enemies or the enemy of their Leader.

    nk (dbc370)

  24. Not to mention the nutbar who shot up the family research
    counsel, or how inexplicably close the undercover agent in garland was to the shooter.

    narciso (d1f714)

  25. I thought this was the funniest part of Trump’s tweet:

    He lied as shown clearly on @foxandfriends.

    Trump needed Fox And Friends to tell him this? Or does he consider it “corroboration”?

    nk (dbc370)

  26. And since Seth Rich was brought up: The Faux News story that Seth Rich was leaking DNC material was entirely fabricated by a Faux News reporter and a rich Trump supporter named Buttowsky (not to be confused with daredevil Kick Buttowski). Faux News retracted it after a week and Seth Rich’s family is suing them.

    nk (dbc370)

  27. Patterico: You could argue that Comey’s knowledge constituted a sort of authorization (just as you could argue that it didn’t).

    I took that as an invitation to argue one side but, according to Demosthenes, to do so is to impugn the English language, or something….. OK, mark me down as chagrined.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  28. Mccabe must be given the benefit of the doubt, despite his treatment of agent fritz, his handling of uranium one, general incompetence in the counter terror division, he gets more mulligans than tiger woods.

    narciso (d1f714)

  29. You know, this is the second time that someone on this blog has done that to me. I find it a bizarre rhetorical tactic. Just because I generally support Patterico, and generally think he is right, I am still free to take up positions that implicitly contradict stray comments in his posts. He’s probably a big enough man to tolerate me straying from his “party line.” I mean, he tolerates happyfeet, so…

    Demosthenes (09f714)

  30. I agree with you, Demosthenes. If you’re going to claim something as a quote, quote what the person literally said. Not your inference of the implication of what the person said.

    nk (dbc370)

  31. Like statements the new York times CNN abc have preferred and turned to be wrong?

    https://pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/mccabe-mr-mueller/

    narciso (d1f714)

  32. Hey! Michael Walsh is a copycat! I coined “McCabe and Mr. Mueller”, here, a week or more ago.

    nk (dbc370)

  33. Yeah, and Henry II had no knowledge of those knights going out to kill Becket. He just “authorized” it, and indirectly at that.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  34. I may be being too much of a legal putz here, but Comey’s answers to Grassley and MacBride’s statement don’t directly contradict each other.

    Grassley’s questions specified the Clinton/Trump inquisitions, and referred only to Comey (the latter point should be obvious even if not explicit). McCabe did not limit his statement, but spoke in general terms, and included Wray as well as Comey. Meaning if McCabe leaked about Clinton/Trump only after Wray became director they are not contradicting each other.

    End of pilpul.

    Back in the real world, I find it highly unlikely that McCabe leaked anything without Comey condoning it, if not actually authorizing it, so I point to Comey as the person wearing the flaming pants.

    Kishnevi (ec71b1)

  35. I’ve never tweeted, but YouTube comment section is like that. You only have 128 characters to express an idea.

    One time I was asked to argue the con side of the hockeystick derivation by a YouTuber. Debate style with 128 character limits.

    What a waste of three months that was.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  36. Senator Pat Geary: Mr. Cicci, would you care to amplify your answer?
    Willie Cicci: Would I what?
    Senator Pat Geary: Would you expand on your response? I’m interested to know, was there always a buffer involved?
    Willie Cicci: A what?
    Senator Pat Geary: A buffer. Someone in between you and your possible superiors who passed on to you the actual order to kill someone.
    Willie Cicci: Oh yeah, a buffer. The family had a lot of buffers!

    Kevin M (752a26)

  37. If Comey knew a subordinate had leaked, and it was a disciplinary offense to do that, then his failure to act on it IS a form of authorization.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  38. Language is for communication.

    Ever since the beginning, some of you, Pat most of all, have been wanting to ball gag the President.

    By what legal, ethical, or egotistical, underpinnings do you claim this power?

    Did mommy tell you you were special when you were little?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  39. Kevin, I tried to argue exactly that but was told I was making a mockery of the English language by doing so. Maybe you’ll have better luck.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  40. Nah, language is a weapon to beat fat pig Rosie O’Donnell, Lyin’ Ted, Little Marco, Crooked Hillary, Sloppy Steve, and Lyddle’ Adam over the head with.

    Which is to say that there is nothing in the history of Trump’s use of language that entitles him to the presumption that he meant well.

    nk (dbc370)

  41. But the us govt presents a poor spec script for red sparrow as an official i telligence estimate were supposed to take it seriously, for a year and a half.

    narciso (d1f714)

  42. Here’s an EGO BLOWER available from Amazon. Lithium ion battery power. Good for cleaning out the cobwebs of your fuzzed up thinking.

    Or you could use it to blow snow off the car. [YouTube]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  43. Hey. President Trump calling Rosie a fat pig probably saved her life.

    Winning.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  44. Its been nearly 17 years, since Mueller and comey botched the anthrax investigations, that has been their pattern,

    Now hiring everyone who would have ended up in Hillary’s justice department, doesnt suggest there will be impartiality, so neither weber nor podesta have been charged, yet they actually lobbied for manafort

    narciso (d1f714)

  45. Quotes seem to be off kilter, but random Viking nailed it at comment number 1

    “If you know that your subordinate engaged in an unauthorized leak, and do nothing about it, then you are authorizing it…”

    random viking (6a54c2) — 3/18/2018 @ 4:16 pm

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  46. 32… you’re late to teh party too, nk!!!

    http://patterico.com/2018/01/29/fbi-deputy-director-mccabe-out/#comment-2083462

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  47. Kevin, I tried to argue exactly that but was told I was making a mockery of the English language by doing so.

    #1: Those weren’t my words.

    #2: If anything, given my personification of the English language, I was implying the literal reverse of the words you credit to me.

    #3: There are some wet-wipes in the corner for all that butthurt.

    ********************

    Which brings me back to what I said at the start:

    Thanks, Internet!

    Seriously, I can’t…I just can’t anymore. I hate what our world has become. I hate that this is how we spend our time. I’m going to log off and go read a book, in protest of this our modern age. Somebody call me when the EMPs fry this techno-Leviathan society, remove the constant presence of these black mirrors reflecting the sordid and shallow “depths” of our souls, and give us a chance to start over.

    Oh, you won’t be able to call me, will you? Because of the EMPs.

    Well. Good.

    Demosthenes (09f714)

  48. Maybe this is something we can all agree on:

    Chuck Todd (D-NBC) is an asshole.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  49. Geez, I’m not a yuuge Trump fan but since when did tweets become a legal document?

    WarEagle82 (2b3d34)

  50. You know a president is doing good when his critics are reduced to complaining about the punctuation in his tweets.

    the Bas (3bcea0)

  51. Back in 1996, round the clock McLaughlin group was the boschean
    Landscape till the aliens arrived in id4

    narciso (d1f714)

  52. Hot take fresh off the griddle:

    https://www.newsbusters.org

    narciso (d1f714)

  53. I don’t think there’s any conflict between Comey’s testimony and McCabe’s.

    The contact McCabe had with a reporter was official FBI communication through an FBI public affairs officer and an FBI legal counsel, with records of the conversations memorialized in FBI records. That is by no stretch of the imagination the same as leaking.

    In the exchange immediately before the one quoted, Grassley makes clear that he’s talking about leaks of classified information:

    And thank you for your opening statement. I’m going to start out probably with a couple subjects you wish I didn’t bring up, and then a third one that I think everybody needs to hear your opinion on on a policy issue. It is frustrating when the FBI refuses to answer this committee’s questions, but leaks relevant information to the media. In other words, they don’t talk to us, but somebody talks to the media. (emphasis added)

    In the exchange immediately after, Grassley continues to talk about leaks of classified information:

    You testified before the House Intelligence Committee that a lot of classified matters have ended up in the media recently. Without getting into any particular article — I want to emphasize that, without getting into any particular article — is there an investigation of any leaks of classified information relating to Mr. Trump or his associates? (emphasis added)

    Also, McCabe clearly says that he had the authority himself, as part of his position. That means he didn’t need authorization from Comey.

    It could well be that the information was provided on “deep background”, which means it could not be included in the article or referred to directly. That is a standard arrangement when the government wants to provide information to the press; it happens all the time, and is an officially accepted, legal mechanism for disseminating information to the press. In that case, also, neither McCabe nor anyone else would be “an anonymous source.”

    Dave (445e97)

  54. What are the odds McCabe ends up in the park with six self inflicted gunshot wounds to the head. Another case of Arkancide.

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402) — 3/18/2018 @ 5:34 pm

    Are we starting an office pool?

    On June 18, 2013, Hastings died in a single-vehicle automobile crash in his Mercedes C250 Coupé at approximately 4:25 a.m. in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.A witness to the crash said the car seemed to be traveling at maximum speed and was creating sparks and flames before it fishtailed and crashed into a palm tree. Video from a nearby security camera reportedly shows Hastings’ vehicle speeding and bursting into flames.

    Witnesses described the car’s engine being ejected 50 to 60 yards (46–55 m) from the scene. Hastings’ body was burned beyond recognition. The coroner identified the body by matching fingerprints with those the FBI had on file.Two days after the crash, the Los Angeles Police Department declared that there were no signs of foul play.

    Michael Hastings

    Pinandpuller (67f000)

  55. Faux News retracted it after a week and Seth Rich’s family is suing them.

    nk (dbc370) — 3/18/2018 @ 6:00 pm

    I can confirm Seth Rich was leaking O negative.

    Pinandpuller (67f000)

  56. One time I was asked to argue the con side of the hockeystick derivation by a YouTuber. Debate style with 128 character limits.

    What a waste of three months that was.

    papertiger (c8116c) — 3/18/2018 @ 6:52 pm

    You could Periscope your rebuttal and link it to your comment.

    Pinandpuller (67f000)

  57. @50. =Haiku= Gesundheit!

    Our Captain would disagree; he called him merely an S.O.B.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  58. William Jacobson to #NeverTrumpinistas… https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/03/who-elected-john-brennan/

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  59. Its a good question, coronello, on his watch Islamic state metastized, of course there were no drone strikes in north Africa or the levant till 2014.

    narciso (d1f714)

  60. Actual criminal offenses dent matter, ibclydung database intrusions:
    http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/18/imran-awan-house-hacking-intimidation-tampering/?utm_source=site-share

    narciso (d1f714)

  61. Quotes seem to be off kilter, but random Viking nailed it at comment number 1

    Is “off kilter” how we now say “made up”?

    I nevertheless salute the Colonel for at lest making a gesture towards the point of the piece, which Demosthenes patiently tried to explain to ransom biking to no avail. Namely: EVEN IF you agree with random viking, Kevin M, and the Colonel that in this context knowledge = authorization, that STILL does not make
    Trump right to make up quotes.

    Patterico (657d44)

  62. Btw the whole count of the barrett piece was to show that they didn’t need to investigate Hillary,

    narciso (d1f714)

  63. Point taken, but is it not ALSO TRUE that Comey tacitly authorized what McCabe did?!?!

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  64. More to the point?

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  65. Does it let the slithering Comey off the hook? Does it absolve him OF WHAT AT LEAST SOME OF US UNDERSTAND HE HAS DONE?

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  66. Remember when Trump tweeted that Obama had his “wires tapped?” And he used quotation marks? And he was dressed down for doing so? When will he learn?

    BuDuh (fc15db)

  67. I agree with Dave 55. I also have the same feeling as Demosthenes 49, which is why I ordered 3 new books from Amazon.

    DRJ (15874d)

  68. Does it let the slithering Comey off the hook? Does it absolve him OF WHAT AT LEAST SOME OF US UNDERSTAND HE HAS DONE?

    I’ll answer that with a quote I read somewhere.

    This is not a total defense of Comey, of course. I agree with Dunleavy that there is an arguable contradiction there — indicating, if not an outright lie, then perhaps an, um, “lack of candor” on Comey’s part. It’s troubling and should be investigated further. You could argue that Comey’s knowledge constituted a sort of authorization (just as you could argue that it didn’t).

    Patterico (115b1f)

  69. ibclydung it!!! Who forgot to buy coffee filters?

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  70. Remember when Trump tweeted that Obama had his “wires tapped?” And he used quotation marks? And he was dressed down for doing so? When will he learn?

    Nah, I forgot that.

    I was told afterwards by many that it was metaphorical or something.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  71. They have been leaking 24/7 anything and everything doesnt matter if its true or not, they fixed the flynn plea as evidence they should continue.

    narciso (d1f714)

  72. Raises interesting questions?

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  73. One could argue that most people understood the meaning of “wires tapped” in the Age of NSA, just as one could argue that the majority don’t.

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  74. punctuation aside the takeaway here is how Jim Comey lied under oath like the slutty little fbi campfire boi he is

    people will take Comey’s testimony with a very large grain of salt going forward, cause of he’s a proven liar just like dirty Andy McCabe and deranged cia slutboy John Brennan

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  75. WaPo misquotes Trump:

    President Trump continued on Sunday to attack federal law enforcement agencies investigating his 2016 campaign, tweeting that former FBI director James B. Comey had “clearly” lied under oath in testimony before a Senate committee last year.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/03/18/trump-just-accused-comey-of-lying-under-oath-he-misquoted-fox-friends-to-do-it

    BuDuh (fc15db)

  76. Demistheneses may sincerely believe that, the miniscule pushback to a total media assault is the problem, but juche Dave sincerely wants no opposition.

    narciso (d1f714)

  77. i love how failmerican snowflake trash invariably describe tweets as “attacks” anymore

    this is probably related to how your incompetent military keeps getting its ass handed to them by cargo ships

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  78. Democracy Dies in Misquotes…

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  79. Trump engaged in a bad practice he undoubtedly learned from the fake media.

    AZ Bob (f60c80)

  80. Speaking of ‘tain’t…

    “Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) on Sunday granted that the Trump administration may have had justification to fire former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, adding he couldn’t know for sure.

    Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he cannot be certain at this point whether McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for just cause. George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “This Week,” asked whether the Inspector General’s findings and the recommendation of FBI officials show that McCabe should have been terminated.

    “Does the fact that the Inspector General did find that [McCabe] lacked candor in some of his responses and that his firing was recommended by career FBI officials, does that give you pause and does it suggest that, in fact, his firing was or may be justified?” Stephanopoulos asked.

    “His firing may be justified,” Schiff replied. “There’s no way for us to know at this point, but even though it may have been justified, it can also be tainted.”

    Schiff also said Trump has harmed his case by publicly telling Sessions to get rid of McCabe, and he went on to draw attention to Trump and Republicans “targeting” associates of former FBI Director James Comey.”

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/schiff-mccabes-firing-may-be-justified/

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  81. Trump engaged in a bad practice he undoubtedly learned from the fake media.

    I blame Big Media for Trump making up quotes.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  82. They never believed any of it, it was just an excuse to get rid of nixon

    http://jewishworldreview.com/0318/hanson031918.php3

    narciso (d1f714)

  83. “Remember when Trump tweeted that Obama had his “wires tapped?” And he used quotation marks? And he was dressed down for doing so? That was… awesome.”

    —- Chris Farley

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  84. Anything less than Obama venturing to Trump Tower, disguised as a telephone repairman sneaking passed security, to crawl through the duct work with some wire clips and a headphone, like they do in his favorite spy movies, means Trump was lying when he said Obama was ”wiretapping his campaign” headquarters.

    Wow.

    The cheese has slipped off your cracker.

    Don’t bother looking. The mouse took it.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  85. @63: Yeah, Patterico, that was the point of the piece like O.J.’s viability as a presidential candidate was the point of that post a few days ago. But, yes, I’ll go on record as being against misquotes, and against O.J. Gee, that was hard. What a catharsis.

    Meanwhile, while we’re condemning people for misquotes, I guess we’re okay with taking quotes ridiculously out of context. As we know, Trump “praised a brutal mass murder”. That’s an exact quote.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  86. That last bit might be metaphorical.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  87. When Hillary lied about losing her emails and Trump joked that maybe the Russians could find them, the msm pounced with glee claiming he was calling for hacking.

    Yet they turn a blind eye to Obama’s minions spying on the Trump campaign.

    harkin (df3a15)

  88. I blame Big Media for Trump making up quotes.

    Patterico (115b1f) — 3/19/2018 @ 7:35 am

    I blame Democrats, their media operatives, Deep State and #NeverTrumpinistas for all of this nonsense. When the house is on fire, you don’t throw lies and gasoline at it.

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  89. Trump “praised a brutal mass murder”. That’s an exact quote.

    Good Lord, who claimed that!?!

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  90. And every democratic presidential candidate pays tribute to sharpton, and
    nearly everyone to farrakhan, but Richard Spencer!!!

    narciso (d1f714)

  91. Trump “praised a brutal mass murder”. That’s an exact quote.

    Good Lord, who claimed that!?!

    Colonel, in case you’re not being facetious:

    http://patterico.com/2017/12/26/new-reports-chinas-tiananmen-square-response-killed-10000/
    Comment 74

    random viking (6a54c2)

  92. As opposed to the express govt policy in the us, UK, France, germany

    narciso (d1f714)

  93. I’m watching this Austin bombing thing. Why don’t the Mayor or Police Cheif have a Texas accent?

    Bush sounds like he’s from Texas and he was born in Connecticut.

    https://youtu.be/7ao9LDqDn2o

    papertiger (c8116c)

  94. And every democratic presidential candidate pays tribute to sharpton, and
    nearly everyone to farrakhan, but Richard Spencer!!!

    I can top that. Check out Anita Hill speaking truth to power. (available at Amazon)

    papertiger (c8116c)

  95. 97…forget it, papertiger, it’s Austintown…

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  96. 95… our host calls ‘em as he sees ‘em. We need to respect that opinion and be just as candid in our interactions…

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  97. Much as the west looked the other way with the elim massacre, and the murders in the matabele subsequently. Those weren’t televised which is some kind of excuse.

    narciso (d1f714)

  98. Colonel Haiku

    I saw a couple of blurbs from the Sunday shows and Schiff looked more reasonable and coherent than Flake. Amazing.

    Pinandpuller (1f6e5e)

  99. What a disappointment Flake has been. Glad to see he’s leaving.

    Colonel Haiku (1fcc64)

  100. me too i hate his perverted guts

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  101. Patterico, by now you should have learned that Trump has the same relationship with the truth as he would with a mistress. Visit when she makes you feel good, show her off when she makes you look good and otherwise pretend she does not exist.

    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  102. When you pay 3 million in ransom, what do you expect:
    https://www.weaselzippers.us/

    narciso (d1f714)

  103. “Is “off kilter” how we now say “made up”?”

    Nah, ‘made up’ generally means ‘lied’, by your own description of the facts it’s more like ‘misspoke’ or ‘misphrased’, two words which we GOOD lawyers generally use when the whole ‘mens rea’ thing isn’t really in evidence (social media account with no edit function, no particular twisting of the situation, no immediate evidence in the malformed description that radically changes the meaning of the known facts in any legal or tortious sense, no egregious history of high-capacity assault journalist factual mangling that the MSM was known for from this particular source.)

    So no, No one’s going to CALL HIM OUT on this outside of the pedantic has-beens of screen and keyboard with a YUGE pile of ground axes in the corner.

    Dysphoria Sam (a3c41a)

  104. 105… politicians lie… all of them… defense lawyers lie, prosecutors lie, judges lie, doctors lie, grocery clerks lie, engineers lie, retail salespeople lie… popes lie… pastors lie… Everybody lies. Everybody.

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  105. Missimg the point:https://archive.fo/4jTmR

    narciso (d1f714)

  106. Nothin’ from nothin’ but this pink-haired fellow ratting out Cambridge Analytica looks like he blows more than whistles… just sayin’…

    Colonel Haiku (ed0bb1)

  107. It’s very simple:

    If an FBI Director can’t actually, legally, “authorize” aleak…

    …then he didn’t.

    Even if he instigated it.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)


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