CNN isn’t backing off their claim that Michael Cohen can prove Trump complicity with the Trump Tower meeting. This is despite the fact that Lanny Davis has recanted and backed off of the claim. We reported earlier after Davis’s under-reported interview with Anderson Cooper that he basically went back on every claim he had previously made.
Davis reiterated to the Washington Post that his own claims were bogus. But CNN is persisting in reporting that Cohen is ready to dish dirt on Trump. CNN seems to be going the Dan Rather route of “It’s not proven, but we believe it in our hearts”. Possible things Cohen might know about? There’s the Trump Tower meeting and potential interference through the DNC server hack, although Lanny Davis has now denied both. There’s also an old report from the UK Daily Mail back in May that Cohen demanded money from Qatar for Trump. But so far this seems to be tabloid gossip.
Lanny Davis says Cohen dirt oversold. CNN still buying it.
Democrats know impeachment is out of grasp and have stopped running on it. The economy is too good, and their evidence is too bad to actually think they could get 75 Senators to vote for impeachment. But Democrats are promising endless probes and investigations if they take control of the House. According to Bloomberg, Democrats have a long laundry list of taxpayer funded probes to hit Trump with in order to obstruct his agenda. Still, Trump has weathered investigations through the first two years of his Presidency while still accomplishing major agenda items. Voters will need to decide in November whether they want massive obstruction in the House or continued progress on the economy.
Democrats abandon impeachment, go for obstruction instead
Speaking of Trump accomplishments, stocks are through the roof again as the US and Mexico get closer to closing a new NAFTA deal. Trump blew up the old NAFTA deal in an effort to secure something better for the United States. He has accomplished this and North American trade is back on. The Mexico NAFTA agreement should also bring Canada back into the mix. This is a big victory for Trump’s foreign trade policy.
NAFTA 2.0 with Mexico coming back online
It’s rare to see too competing and ideologically different media outlets get the same issue so wrong. But that’s what happened on Wednesday when Sarah Sanders refused to guarantee that Donald Trump has never and would never behave a specific way. That sparked unfounded accusations from the two media outlets that Trump was on some secret tape somewhere using racial slurs. Of course, if that tape ever did arise it would be a glorious day for liberal and establishment Republican allies. So glorious in fact, that if the tape existed it, like Russian collusion evidence, would be on a 24/7 news cycle until even the spaghetti spine GOP establishment would be voting to impeach Trump. But no tape has surfaced.
In fact, Trump himself made a statement that no tape exists because he doesn’t use those words. “They aren’t in my vocabulary” tweeted the President. Mark Burnett who produced The Apprentice has confirmed no such tape exists. But the media took one ridiculous question from a reporter and Sarah Sanders’ reasonable response and turned it into the big story.
CNN took it a step further with Anderson Cooper “explaining” how Sarah Sanders basically admitted there is a Trump N-word tape out there somewhere:
“Today the woman who speaks for the President of the United States said she cannot rule out…” was how Cooper begins. But that is a complete mischaracterization of what actually happened. In fact CNN tweeted the exchange before driving their unhinged narrative that Sanders was admitting something. As a reporter asks her about the possibility of the existence of the tape, Sanders says several times that President Trump has addressed the question directly and she would refer them to him.
The reporter pressed and asked if she could guarantee that no tape with Trump using a racial slur will ever show up. But Sanders can’t predict the future, nor can she speak beyond what she knows. So she directed them back to the President’s statement. Sanders’ refusal to guarantee that there will never be a tape now or in the future of Trump saying something turned into the Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC headline.
We spelled it out for CNN on our Instagram page:
As a result of this media narrative, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC have earned a 100% bias rating on the story, and our Brief’s On Fire label.