Another anti-Trump spin attack launched this week, just as the latest Brett Kavanaugh smear attack started to implode (see my previous post – Gut journalism). This latest anti-Trump spin attack began by being hyped as another of those “beginning of the end” level Trump corruption stories, the media and Democrats spin up, accompanied with bellows of outrage that Trump must be impeached now.
This allegation asserts a former intel official went to the IG about Trump pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son during a phone call last summer. Congressman Adam Schiff, pontificating Democrat, who hyped the Mueller Report as the magic bullet to takedown Trump, has been plastering the media with outraged diatribes about “protecting our democracy”… again.
I had pulled out some novels I’d had sitting here for several years and was caught up in a Charles Martin novel, When Crickets Cry, and only skimmed the news about this latest Trump corruption story, but figured it would be best to just go back to reading my novel. And that’s what I did. I also have been getting fabric strips ready to make another Amish knot rug, so despite all the media and Dem hysteria that “our democracy is under attack” and the Hannity counter-spin about the nefarious Deep State, well, here’s the thing – everyone involved in this scorched earth spin information war – Trump, Trump defenders, Democrats, the media – are all “destroying our democracy” and all of the spin combatants inflict way more damage to our institutions than America’s hostile foreign adversaries could ever dream of.
Today, there’s a video circulating of Joe Biden, as vice president, bragging about pressuring Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son’s business deals in Ukraine, Trump claims he never says anything inappropriate (if anyone believes that they must not have listened to Trump for even 5 minutes), and here are two tweets that sort of form the demarcation line in this latest spin battle:
Sean Davis@seanmdavThe latest media-manufactured faux scandal is that Trump needs to be impeached because he a told a foreign leader to rein in corruption. Oh, and Joe Biden, who *bragged on camera* about bribing Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son’s company, should be president.4:41 PM · Sep 20, 2019
It also obvious that with this Biden attack,
is trying to launch and give life to another conspiracy theory, like Birtherism, Uranium One and other phony memes that jave always been a go-to in his political toolbox and reliable red meat for right-wing media.1:23 PM · Sep 21, 2019
Frankly, it’s important to know who this former intelligence official is and if he/she has any personal animus toward Trump. It’s important to know what exactly Trump said during this phone call. But here’s the thing, Trump could have abused presidential power by pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden’s son and Biden’s son really might be guilty of serious corruption in his business dealings in Ukraine – both things might be true.
Since we live in the age where everything everyone posted online or said in public now floats somewhere in our online trash heaps, so not surprisingly, today a video of Joe Biden bragging about getting the Ukrainian prosecutor, who had been investigating his son, fired emerged. None of this exonerates Trump, if he pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son, but it does speak to the rampant corruption, on both sides, in Washington and it speaks to the craziness of this scorched earth spin war.