MISSING THE POINT

There are two stories in the news that both demonstrate how the MSM sometimes reports facts while totally missing the point.  Here is a report in Salon titled: Rudy Giuliani attempted to profit off Ukraine efforts:

https://www.salon.com/2019/11/27/rudy-giuliani-attempted-to-profit-off-of-ukraine-efforts-documents-show/

One would think that Giuliani was trying to make money for digging up dirt on Joe Biden. The same article claims that the Lutsenko gave false information about Biden. It also described the baseless theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. Political, that right wing rag, already reported that Ukraine did interfere in the 2016 election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. While Russia also tried to interfere, if anything the Ukraine had more of an impact.

There is no evidence that any of the accusation against Biden are false, they are just ignored. We constantly read where Biden did nothing wrong, but never reporting the facts that scream of corruption. It is proven that Biden admits threatening Ukraine with withholding $1 billion in aid unless they fire a specific prosecutor within six hours. It is also proven that Hunter Biden was paid a fortune by a Ukrainian energy company well-known for corruption. What is missing is the willingness to admit this at least looks bad and begs investigation.

They also ignored the significance of what services Giuliani offered. Yes, Giuliani did propose work in exchange for significant compensation. That proposal was to recover assets allegedly stolen from the Ukrainian government.  Giuliani, while he was investigating Biden and others, found evidence regarding large sums of money illegally diverted. His proposal was to be rewarded for helping recover some of those assets. Earth to liberals, one does not ask to be paid for recovering assets unless one has strong evidence that they were stolen, who stole them and where they are now.

This is common practice in the U.S. Attorneys are routinely paid fees in return for recovering assets. Regardless of how one feels about attorneys, this is hardly unusual.

The other was regarding the New York Time article claiming the IG report would find no evidence that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign. But the same article provided proof that the FBI did exactly that.  How is this possible? Easy. Both the New York Times and the Trump administration agreed that the FBI used informants planted within the Trump campaign. One person, since identified, was Stefan Halper. The NYT explains that he wasn’t  spying he was just “hired by the FBI to secretly engage in conversations under false pretenses and then report back whatever he learned in those conversations.”

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2019/11/27/yes-the-latest-nyt-spin-of-doj-ig-report-on-alleged-obamaera-fisa-abuses-is-as-pathetic-as-one-could-imagine-n2557186/

In both cases the pattern is the same. If a Democrat does something, it is totally innocent, regardless of circumstances. If a Republican does something, it is criminal, regardless of circumstances.

This type of reasoning clearly works if you want to get your story released by the MSM.  It absolutely works if you want airtime on CNN. However, it does not work in a real court of law. It also won’t work in the court of public opinion when people learn the facts. The NYT story conveniently ignored the inconvenient coincidence that those Stefan Halper paid interviews were part of a chain of circumstances that ultimately resulted in a fraudulent document used to obtain a FISA warrant.

This all ends Tuesday, when the IG report is released. Remember that the person releasing that report to the public will be William Barr, not Adam Schiff. If Barr’s speech to the Federalist Society is any clue, he is likely to draw scathing conclusions from this report. Then, two days later Horowitz is going to testify before the Senate Judiciary committee chaired by Lindsey Graham. One will note that this is the Senate Judiciary Committee, not the House Judiciary Committee. There is a huge difference between a committee chaired by Jerry Nadler and one chaired by Lindsey Graham. That is evidence that Horowitz is not necessarily going to suggest a slap on the wrist for process violations. Keep in mind that the last time Horowitz testified he made a criminal referral regarding James Comey.

We are nearing the end. Regardless of the spin by the MSM, the actual report is about to be released and it is likely to be devastating. It is also likely to be accompanied by criminal indictments. One way or the other, Tuesday and Thursday have the potential to be days that rock our world. By this time next week, we will all be very aware of that.

TDM

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