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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Apparently, if you’re a Democratic senator, spreading innuendo, rumors and flat-out lies about President Trump is a nothing-burger.

Matter of fact, many mainstream media outlets encourage it.


First, it was Sen. Chris Coons, from Delaware.

He went on MSNBC last week and alleged — with a straight face — that the FBI had obtained transcripts that proved collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“There are transcripts that provide very helpful, very critical insights into whether or not Russian intelligence and senior Russian political leaders including Vladimir Putin were cooperating, where colluding with the Trump campaign at the highest levels to influence the outcome of our election,” Mr. Coons told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “If that information is stonewalled or hidden away and we’re not able to get that on the Senate intelligence committee, House intelligence committee, then I think that has real consequences for our Democracy.”

Except he had no proof the transcripts he described even existed — it was his own speculation masked as fact in order to spread fear and mistrust in our federal institutions and Mr. Trump.

On Sunday Mr. Coons had to walk back his comments, saying he had no evidence such transcripts existed, and apologized for any “hyperventilating” — his hyperventilating which went viral Friday afternoon after a MSNBC producer tweeted: “Sen. Coons tells @mitchellreports that the FBI has transcripts that may show Russian leaders colluding with the Trump campaign.”

“I have no hard evidence of collusion,” Mr. Coons told “Fox News Sunday.”

It was all fake news, promoted by MSNBC, because it served their Russia/Trump collusion narrative.

Much like Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s comments Wednesday morning to CNN’s “New Day.”

In an interview, Mr. Whitehouse said he could envision a scenario where Attorney General Jeff Sessions passed messages between Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump during the campaign.

“You can imagine a set of circumstances in which the Trump campaign gave him talking points [and] he was a message boy for them,” Mr. Whitehouse told host Alisyn Camerota.

“There was a content related to the relations between USA and Russia, favorable to Russia that would have encouraged them to support the Trump campaign. And then he returned back to the Trump campaign and said, ‘Done it, you know, mission accomplished here,’” Mr. Whitehouse speculated.

Continuing with his fairy tale, Mr. Whitehouse added: “And if that were the case it would be really, really hard to believe that [Mr. Sessions] didn’t remember that. If it was just a casual courtesy meeting then, forgetting it or not, being truthful about it may be a little more understandable.”

This was a completely made-up scenario that smeared both Mr. Sessions and Mr. Trump, totally devoid of any truth or fact. Yet, CNN indulged the Rhode Island senator, allowing him to spread rumor and innuendo freely because, you know, it also served their narrative — Mr. Trump is bad, he colluded with the Russians, he’s not a legitimate president.

Never mind there’s absolutely no evidence to back any of these allegations up.

The media and Democratic Senators can seemingly trade in fiction freely. So long as it serves their preconceived narrative.


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