MSNBC’s Ali Velshi took apart three Trump tweets about the Mueller investigation and separated the facts from Trump’s fact-free fiction.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 19, 2018
Let’s go through that with you since the president did spend the weekend attacking the special counsel and making claims about congressional findings. Let’s look at the reality behind just a few of those tweets. First of all, as the House Intelligence Committee has concluded there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. As many are now finding out however there was tremendous leaking lying and corruption at the highest level of the FBI, justice and state #drain the swamp. Okay. This is just false. While the president doesn’t say explicitly that the house panel found leaking, lying and corruption, he iies it. But the committee never looked at any leaking, lying or on corruption. As for part of the tweet, the Republicans released a summary of a draft report saying there was no evidence of collusion. But the Democrats say the investigation was incomplete and failed to interview key witnesses such as the trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos.
Okay. Let’s take a look at the next tweet. The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a fake dossier paid for by crooked Hillary and the DNC and improperly used in FISA court for surveillance of my campaign, witch hunt. First of all, Mueller wasn’t appointed to investigate cooperation with Russia, it was the fires of James Comey that prompted the investigation for potential obstruction of justice. It was the president you will remember who linked that to Russia during an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. And next his comments that the president showed it was information on George Papadopoulos that started the counterintelligence investigation, not the dossier that the president tweets about. And the Republican memo also made it clear that at least three different warrants on Carter page were approved by different judges many of whom were Republican appointees.
The surveillance was of Carter Page, not of the campaign. And the final tweet, why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats some big crooked Hillary supporters and zero Republicans? Another DEM recently added. Does anyone think this is fair? And yet there is no collusion. Well, as we have said, Robert Mueller is a lifelong so is the man who appointed him, Rod Rosenstein. And while nine members of the team did make donations to Democrats in the past, so did president trump. In fact, he donated to Hillary Clinton seven times before running as Republican and gave almost twice as much to the Clinton foundation alone as all of the members of Mueller’s team gave to Democrats. So there you have it.
Fact checking Trump tweets is a must
There is a disconnect in the media that Trump takes advantage of with his tweets. Most of the fact-checking of Trump’s Twitter account takes place in print. Cable news reports on the tweets within minutes of Trump posting them, but the fact checks come mostly in print hours or days later. Cable news has not done enough to fact check Trump’s tweets as they report them.
The problem that any news organization faces when covering Trump is the volume of falsehoods that the president tweets on a daily basis. Ali Velshi did a great job with this fact check, but there needs to be more of this sort coverage, and less of the “breaking news” Trump just tweeted variety.
The press has done a better job of not blindly reporting on Trump, but as Ali Velshi demonstrated, there is potential for much more accurate coverage of this president.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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