Where Fake News Flourishes

Want to know what dishonest journalism, “fake news,” looks like? Notice these comments by Fox analyst Tucker Carlson on his broadcast of July 12, 2017:

Consider what we know now about what Donald Trump Jr. did. A publicist emailed him to say his client had damaging information about a political opponent. Trump met with the client. Apparently he learned nothing during that meeting. For that he’s an enemy of the state guilty of a capital crime. Now, if that is true we’ve reached a new level of hysteria which could be dangerous to an awful lot of people and not just the Trump family.

Where’s the dishonesty? It is in the omission of crucial information. You’ll find that information in the email exchange between Goldstone and Trump Jr.

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On Jun 3, 2016, at 10:36 AM, Rob Goldstone wrote:
Good morning
Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.
The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.
Rob Goldstone

On Jun 3, 2016, at 10:53, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:
Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?

From: Rob Goldstone
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016 12:40 PM
To: Donald Trump J
Subject: Re: Russia – Clinton – private and confidential
Hi Don
Let me know when you are free to talk with Emin by phone about this Hillary info – you had mentioned early this week so wanted to try to schedule a time and day
Best to you and family Rob Goldstone
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So what is the relevant information missing from Tucker Carlson’s dishonest report? Obviously, Trump Jr had ample cause to recognize that this was a promise of information which was “very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” In other words, Trump Jr. did not go into this meeting naively but knowing full well this was part of Russian meddling in our election. Whether he in fact learned any damaging information from our enemy is not important. What does matter is that he wanted to do so, intended to do so.

How can this not at the very least border on outright treason?

And how can Tucker Carlson be so dishonest as to omit the most important part of the story?

One small question about “fake news.” Were it not for those whom the president calls the “fake news,” how would we be learning about all the garbage that lies just behind the White House facade? If we were dependent on Trump and the Trumpies for our facts, we would be totally lost. Trump has proven almost daily that he sees reality as something not to be expressed honestly but to be bent to suit his will. He is a man without a hint of personal character, totally devoid of integrity.


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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