Skip to comments.CNN Busted Reporting Fake News on WikiLeaks Email
Posted on 12/11/2017 1:25:58 PM PST by Kaslin
RUSH: Now, ladies and gentlemen, I want to go back to Friday on this program, because the CNN story is that we were talking about for much of the last two hours of the program, we didnt learn the full scope of what had happened until after the program was over. So lets go back and let us relive that moment on Friday when we learned that CNN was reporting that the Trump administration had been offered WikiLeaks data about 10 days before it was posted on WikiLeaks.
CNN claimed to have an exclusive, and they reported it breathlessly, and they could not wait to make the connection that this was evidence. Remember we had David Gregory. We played the sound bite from David Gregory, This is proof! This is collusion! All of CNN was going nuts. Every panel discussion, every guest, they couldnt wait and, folks, everybodys trying to understand how this happened. Im watching over the weekend as media analysts, media critics try to find out what happened.
What did happen is this: There was an email sent by somebody that nobody had ever heard of, a guy named Erickson. The email was to Mr. Trump, and it advised him that some WikiLeaks data or some data was on WikiLeaks, and there was a link to it for the recipient to click on and to be able to read what it was. The date of the email was September the 14th. The WikiLeaks data was posted on September 13th. It was made public on the 13th.
So this guys email didnt reveal anything. All it did was call the recipients attention to what had already been posted on WikiLeaks the day before. It was nothing more than a fan. I get these kinds of emails all the time. I get em every day. I get emails from people who think I dont read the paper/watch TV telling me whats going on in the news. Every day! People who know me, who know I read the news and whatever, send me emails, You may not know about this. Everybody wants to get in on the act.
Well, this is what one of these emails were. Nobody knows who this guy was. It might have been a Trump fan, Trump supporter. He sent the email to Trump and Trump Jr. and advised them that WikiLeaks posted some stuff. But CNN totally lied about this. CNN changed the date to September the 4th. In their reporting, they said, two sources They still will not name the sources. Two sources told them that this email was written on September 4th, nine or 10 days before this data was going to be posted on WikiLeaks.
This data supposedly was the result of the Russian hacking of the Democrat National Committee. I want to point something out. Let me take a little brief departure here for a second, cause this is really, really relevant. Do you know that even as we sit here today there has yet to be ? Now, youre gonna think Im repeating myself, and maybe so, but I want to put a different spin on this. Do you realize sitting here today, after over a year, there still is not a shred of evidence that the Russians hacked anything? There are suppositions. There are allegations. There are indications.
But there is not a single shred of evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC server, that the Russians had anything to do with the phishing attack on John Podesta resulting in his emails being made public. There isnt a shred of evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians on anything. But that jumps the gun. Because, folks, if there is no evidence and there isnt yet. Everybodys been operating on the come, so to speak. Everybodys been operating here on the supposition that the Russians were hacking everything.
There is not a single shred of evidence anywhere, and the deep state has even admitted this in all of those various newspaper stories that ran all during the first three months of last year. In every one of those stories there was a little line buried there that despite all these leaks, despite the greatest guesses from our intelligence people, still no evidence. There isnt any. Therefore, if there is no evidence if we cannot say for certain in a legal sense that the Russians hacked anything then it follows by way of logic that it is impossible for Trump to have colluded with this that did not happen.
Now, particularly from a court of law. Lets talk about Mueller here for a minute. Mueller is out operating on what? Nothing! He was not given a crime to chase. Department of Justice regulations require that a special counsel be told of a crime that we know happened and then to investigate it. Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, who to appease mad Democrats named Mueller as independent counsel, did not name a crime. There isnt a crime. Nobody knows what the crime was. So Mueller is investigating supposed collusion between Trump and Russia over something nobody can prove.
If Mueller had to take this case to court if Mueller had to take this case to a grand jury or a real jury he wouldnt get an indictment or he wouldnt get a conviction because he cannot prove, nobody can prove that the Russians hacked anything. Andy McCarthy has a big, protracted piece on this today at National Review Online. I was chatting with him back in March about this, and there was something about I dont remember what was going on then, but I got very frustrated. I sent him a note.
I said, Would you tell me, whats the hack? Were talking about this Russian hack. We were back in March, the Russian collusion. What was the hack? Everybody thinks the Russians hacked the DNC server network and tried to hack the Republicans, but there isnt any proof of it. And the Democrats will not let the FBI, never have let the FBI examine their server forensically, their computer. So we dont know. Do you realize this news story for a year that youve been following breathlessly on a quotidian basis has no evidence behind it?
There isnt a single shred of evidence that the Russians hacked anything.
All of this is completely manufactured. Now, theres some people who know this and say this, but they have to be deferential to the intelligence community, and so they follow up with the caveat, Im sure theres something to this. I have no doubt the Russians are indeed trying to impact our elections. So are the ChiComs and so are the North Koreans. There isnt any evidence. There is none. Mueller could not get any evidence that the hack even happened before a jury. There isnt any. Therefore, how could Trump have colluded with something that didnt happen?
Therefore what Mueller is doing is not the investigation of a crime. What Mueller is doing is pursuing an impeachment. There is no two ways about it now. I didnt have any doubt about it last week, but this perspective on this. So this brings us back to CNN. There is no evidence. You know what else? If were gonna suppose that there was collusion, that the Russians hacked or whatever and thats all it is let me tell you what you get when there is no evidence of Russian hackery, when there is no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion in this mythical hackery.
You know what you get? You get fake news. You get Brian Ross lying in a report about General Flynns plea bargain. Brian Ross lied through his teeth when he said that Trump, as a candidate, made Flynn call the Russians. Reuters and Bloomberg published a false report about a subpoena for Trumps financial dealings with a German bank. That didnt happen. CNN lies about Donald Trump Jr. getting early notice of emails posted on WikiLeaks with the encryption key to open the file.
That didnt happen! Donald Trump Jr. got nothing in advance of anything that was made public. And then Dave Weigel of the Washington Post posted a phony photo of the Trump rally in Pensacola on Friday before people were even let in, pictures of empty seats. Weigel wanted people to believe that nobody cared about the Trump rally. Thats what you get. You get lying, fake news when there isnt any collusion and when there isnt any evidence of any collusion.
RUSH: I got a quick question for CNN and all the rest of you Drive-By Media types. Youre telling us these mistakes youre making are honest. Yeah, youre just trying so hard to be good journalists. Let me ask you: How many totally lying, erroneous, false, damaging, defamatory stories about Barack Obama ran in eight years? Hmm? How many times in your quest to be over-the-top fair and to get it right did you run defamatory stories that did damage to Barack Obama? Answer: Zero.
How many erroneous, lying-through-your-teeth, defamatory, damaging stories have you run on Trump in under two years? The answer is too many to count on two hands. It simply is untrue. David Frum was on CNN yesterday. Do you know what he said about this? David Frum said that CNNs errors on the story they reported Friday were due to its CNN trying too hard to be fair to Trump. He said, The worst mistakes the press organizations have made in the coverage of Trump has precisely occurred in their effort to be fair to the president.
And then he said that erroneous, lying, BS stories like the one CNN ran Friday are exactly why you should trust the Drive-By Media. What in the world has happened to David Frum? This guy used to be a so-called conservative, used to be a speechwriter for George W. Bush. Now hes carrying water for outright liars in the Drive-By Media. Trump Derangement Syndrome is whats going on here. How in the world can you say that CNN getting this wrong purposefully so with no effort to really confirm it is a reason to trust them because theyre trying so hard to be fair to Trump.
How does that work?
RUSH: How much fake news appeared about Barack Obama from anybody in the Drive-By Media over eight years? The answer is zero. You cant think of one. You cant think of a single episode such as the four I just mentioned. Bloomberg CNN, the ABC Brian Ross, never once was there fake news about Barack Obama.
Lets do it another way. How much news, how many reports have the Drive-By Media done on Donald Trump where they made a mistake that helps him? Never. Now, the problem with what CNN did on Friday is that it went around the world and was absorbed by low-information voters all over the world before any kind of an admission or correction was made. As far as CNNs concerned, mission accomplished.
It really is professional malpractice, what CNN and ABC and all of the rest of them are engaging in. Brian Stelter had his show on Sunday, CNN Reliable Sources, and said (imitating Stelter), Yeah, yeah, its a black eye for CNN, but well get over it, were trying real hard. This is something where we believed sources who had not lied to us in the past. Well, who are these sources that couldnt read the date on an email correctly?
There were two wild guesses about this. One is that CNN was set up by a bunch of Republicans. That somebody wanted to make CNN look bad and purposely gave them an incorrect date. That theory was quickly discarded, because it looks like the two sources are either congressional staffers on House committees, you know, committees in the House of Representatives or the actual members of Congress themselves. CNN will not say. They dont want to out their sources and few journalists ever do. But they had to be Democrats, and they were either members of the Intelligence Committee or staffers on the Intelligence Committee.
They fed this to CNN. They describe this email. They think theyre sitting on what did I tell you? Do not discount this. If you want to understand these people. Remember, I am the guy, I say with no ego here, Im the guy who told you that day when Brian Ross reported that Trump, as a candidate, had told Michael Flynn to call the Russians, I told you to disregard it, that it couldnt be true, that it was Brian Ross. And a few short hours later it was demonstrated that that was exactly what had happened. Brian Ross lied and then fostered it off on his source misleading him, and then the source corrected him- or herself.
You blame a source? Theres no way you blame a source. Youre supposed to confirm what the source says. Youre supposed to track it down. I dont care how reliable a source is. You dont run it, if youre responsible, until youve confirmed what the source is saying, and not just once, but hopefully two or three times and then independently.
There wasnt any confirmation. There wasnt an attempt to confirm. CNN just blindly accepted whatever these two lackeys told them because these people are probably in daily communication with CNN, providing Democrat talking points, evidence of whats being said in the Intelligence Committee hearings and so forth.
What did I tell you? Folks, do not discount this. If youre looking for a reason to explain why news organizations could be this bad, its purposeful. They arent this bad, in terms of lack of talent, ability, or they know exactly what theyre doing. And they dont care. They know full well that its a success if they get a lie out there all over the world for seven hours before they correct it, because the agenda is to get Trump.
And so anything that is done to further that agenda is justified. But I believe that they have been swallowed whole by the entire effort here. Its been going on for so long now. Remember, its all about Trump stealing the election from Hillary. Its all about Trump not really winning. Its all about Trump cheating. Its all about the Russians hating Hillary and wanting Trump to win. Its all about their candidate losing. Its all about Obamas agenda losing. Its all about that. None of it was supposed to happen. They thought they had beat Trump easily with the Access Hollywood video, thought it was over. Trump wins, they havent been able to accept it.
So here comes this new narrative that the whole thing was rigged when the only thing that was rigged was the Democrat primary. And where we are now is that every day pick a name. Chuck Todd, Brian Stelter, pick a name, anybody you want, Wolf Blitzer. Pick a name. John Roberts. I dont care who. They get up every day dreaming, hoping, believing that that day is going to be the day that the bombshell report is discovered and learned, that Trump colluded with Putin and that they cheated Hillary and stole the election.
They have been immersed in this for so long now that intellectually I think they believe it did happen. They are unable to separate fact from fiction. They have become the fiction. And they are embarked now on a course, a task to convert fiction into reality. It consumes them. Theyre in competition with one another to be the person that finds the evidence that Trump colluded with Russia and that they stole the election from Hillary. Mind you, there isnt any evidence and there wont be because it didnt happen. There isnt any evidence now that the Russians are even the ones that did all the hacking that everybodys talking about, and thats not an insignificant thing, folks. That is a boldly significant fact. Its a tremendously important thing to remember.
There isnt a shred of evidence. Weve been talking about something that everybody assuming the Russians did it, the Russians hacked this or that and that they continue to hack this or that, and the whole thing is manufactured. There isnt any evidence. Intelligence people may have solid indications, but they couldnt go to court to prove it, they couldnt get a grand jury to get an indictment. They couldnt prove this because there isnt any evidence of it.
Yet these people get up Im sorry to repeat myself, but its necessary. They get up every day. Its what gets them out of bed. Its what gets their adrenaline going. Its what keeps them going throughout the day. This is why CNN was able to do what they did Friday. They get up every day thinking that day is going to be the day when the bombshell news is discovered and Friday CNN thought they had it.
What did they think they had? They think somebody was able to prove that the Trump organization was given 10 days advance notice of what WikiLeaks was gonna post, and since WikiLeaks, according to the media, got all of its data from Russia, thats not been proven, either, and Julian Assange has denied this every time hes opened his mouth about this. Its your choice to believe who. But there isnt any evidence the Russians gave anything to WikiLeaks. Theres no evidence for anything that weve been operating under here.
But CNN thought, because they get up thinking every days gonna be the day, they get up hoping, they get up dreaming, they go to bed dreaming, they go to bed hoping that the next day is gonna be the day that they get Trump. And theyre gonna get a Pulitzer, and theyre gonna get a Nobel, and theyre gonna get a Kennedy Center honor, and theyre gonna be loved and adored. Theyre gonna be the next Woodward and Bernstein.
They get up, they go to bed, and they dream of that happening each and every day, and theyve done it for a year 365 days and counting. So when somebody they trust (a staffer or member of the House Intelligence Committee) says, Look at this email! Heres an email from September 4th to Donald Trump Jr.! Its from some guy weve never heard of, and hes got the encryption key to unlock WikiLeaks data before WikiLeaks has it. This proves it! Except the date was wrong. The date on the email was September 14th, one day after WikiLeaks made everything public.
By the time the Trumps got this letter, the stuff on WikiLeaks was already public for a day. This is more than there is no there there. And as we sit here, CNN has not done anything other than issue a minor correction. They have said the reporter that reported this is under no duress, hes not under any penalty, because the sources got it wrong. How easy is that to blame it on the sources! What is journalism but confirming what the sources tell you? They didnt want to confirm it because they didnt think they had to because they have come to believe what they have been lying about for over a year.
But again, strip it all away, and there still is no evidence that of all the hacking that supposedly went on, the Russians did it. None. Absolutely none. In fact, that email I sent to my buddy Andy McCarthy back in March asking wheres the hack, Andy? It must have been in reaction to a piece that he had just written. Wheres the hack? What are we really talking about here? And his response to me was, Its a great question, because you realize we didnt hear anything about this during the campaign. We heard that Trump might have been colluding, but weve never
During the entire campaign, we never heard the Russians were trying to steal the election. We never heard that. You know why? Because the Clintons fully expected to win. The media fully expected to win. There was no way that they were gonna taint Hillarys victory by suggesting it was the result of Russians hacking or meddling in the election. That did not surface as a narrative or media agenda until 24 hours after the election. Where was the hack? What is the hack?
All we have, the incontrovertible proof that we have is that the United States media is suffering embarrassing debacle after embarrassing debacle after embarrassing debacle. Thats the evidence we have. The evidence we have is that the Drive-By Media is lying, is making it up, is reporting indeed fake news. And now apologists are saying, yes Heres David Frums actual quote. These mistakes, meaning CNNs error on Friday, getting that date wrong on the email, are precisely the reason people should trust the media.
Frum told Little Brian Stelter on CNN, Astronomers make mistakes all the time, because science is a process of discovery and truth. Frum said, Faced with wrongdoing, circled by lies, the process of piercing lies to uncover the truth about the wrongdoing is inherently not only difficult, but adversarial because the people trying to find the truth are operating against bad-faith actors engaged in concealment. This is Trumps fault? CNN made its mistake because of working so hard to be fair but Trumps making it impossible to be fair as journalists?
So because the CNN boldly lied about the news story they have and still will not come clean about what happened, this is why were supposed to trust the media? Were supposed to trust them because we see them working so hard to put together pieces that the Trump administration is trying to keep secret? CNN got the date wrong on the email because Trump lies! Reuters got it wrong about Mueller subpoenaing Trumps Deutsche Bank records because Trump lies. ABC Brian Ross got it wrong about candidate Trump ordering Flynn to call the Russkie ambassador because Trump lies. You see how this works?
It has gotten to the point that CNN doesn't care about any accuracy in their reporting; they're going for shock value, correct or not, and their "short attention span" audience doesn't care either whether it is accurate or not as long as it is what they want to hear.
They won't stop until a huge civil judgement brings them to their knees.
The CNN story makes no sense from their premise that Trump is a colluder.
If Trump was actually colluding, why would he need an email advising him about the Wikileaks publication? I mean he is a colluder, so he would know that himself.
Trying to be fair to Trump? Right. Try this on for size, CNN. Instead of rushing to embarrass yourselves, call the White House and give a heads-up and a chance to respond. You know, the way the press used to do.
Instead of rushing to embarrass the White House and stepping on your own neckties.
I think Rush is missing the boat on this one.
First, CNN was absolutely convinced that its sources had the goods. CNN wasn’t lying; it was misled.
But, second, these were obviously trusted sources because CNN is still protecting them. If they were one-timers, CNN wouldn’t hesitate to point out that they relied on the wrong sources. No such claim has been made by CNN.
And, third, why would the sources lie? Clearly, the truth would quickly come out if they looked at a document and it said the 14th but one calls a reporter at CNN and says it’s the 4th and CNN finds a second source that says the same lie? This is not believable because sources want to be trusted too, and this lie, if really made, was bound to be revealed quickly.
Which leaves the obvious, especially given Rush’s claim that the sources were most likely Democrats (I’d add NeverTrumpers as a possibility as well) with access to intelligence reports, i.e., classified information. Obviously, someone fed them false information hoping they’d leak it. If only two or three people got the incorrect information, whoever fed the false information now knows who the leakers are and has valid proof that they leaked classified material.
It would be interesting to know what the leakers are thinking now. I’m guessing they’re scared stiff if they were fed a document that had the 4th on it and not the 14th.
By the way, this would also explain the unusual number of media reports that have had to be retracted over the past few weeks. Someone, probably at Justice, is running an op to out the regular leakers of classified material. It’s the most sensible explanation of what’s happening to media outlets like CNN lately.
>>Instead of rushing to embarrass yourselves, call the White House and give a heads-up and a chance to respond. <<
I think that’s eventually going to start to happen, if for no other reason than to protect themselves from this sort of mistake continuing. I’d love to hear both sides of the first call.
“Hi, this is CNN. We’re calling to get your take on.....”
“Yeah, right, LOL, Bill, is that you pulling my leg again.”
“No, really, this is CNN calling to...
the MOST RUDE person on TV is Jim ACOSTA...the Accoster...he is DUMB and RUDE...Perfect for CNN!! Turn the CHANNEL!
There is a word for what the media does regards President Trump ( :-) love the sound still ).
That word is....
I haven’t watched the Corrupt News Network in ages.