If Mueller’s witch hunt can’t get find any wrongdoing, then the media will just have to make it up.

NPR published a story today that falsely claimed that Donald Trump Jr. gave conflicting testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017. Six hours later, after several major news outlets and hundreds of liberals retweeted the lie, the government funded NPR finally made a correction to their false story.

The Federalist reported about NPR’s false write-up of that testimony:

Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 that although there had been negotiations surrounding a prospective Trump Tower in Moscow, they concluded without result ‘at the end’ of 2014.

‘But not in 2015 or 2016?’ Trump Jr. was asked.

‘Certainly not ’16,’ he said. ‘There was never a definitive end to it. It just died of deal fatigue.’

Trump’s account contrasts with the new version of events given by Cohen on Thursday in a guilty plea in federal court. In that new version, Cohen says the discussions with at least one Russian government official and others in Moscow continued through June 2016, well into Trump’s presidential campaign.

In fact, Senate investigators were asking Trump Jr. about a series of efforts to develop property in Russia, going back several years. Reporter Phil Ewing (reporter Tim Mak contributed to the story) conflates one of those efforts with another separate effort. That conflation results in the false news report.

A full 100 pages before the portion Ewing quotes, Trump Jr. explicitly contradicts NPR’s false claim when he gives a clear answer to the following question:

Q. It’s been reported that in late 2015 or 2016 when now President Trump was running for office the Trump Organization was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow. Is that accurate?
A. Yes.

A hundred pages later, the investigator asks if there was an effort by Felix Sater to “bring together a development in Moscow.” Trump Jr. says he believes there was an effort to work on that with Cohen in 2015. Asked if he knew about the deal, he says not much, but that it got to the point his father signed a letter of intent. He said he would provide a copy of that letter. Trump Jr. says he was aware of this deal “peripherally.”

Then the investigator asks, “In this same time frame, 2015 or 2016, when Mr. Sater and Mr. Cohen were exploring a possible deal, do you know if anyone else was also exploring a deal simultaneously with the Trump Organization to build in Moscow?” (emphasis added).

Here’s the full exchange:

Q. In this same time frame, 2015 or 2016, when Mr. Sater and Mr. Cohen were exploring a possible deal, do you know if anyone else was also exploring a deal simultaneously with the Trump Organization to build in Moscow?
A. I don ‘t believe so .
Q. We’ve discussed the Agalarov family, Emin and his father Aras. Do you know if they were also exploring building a Trump Tower in Moscow?
A. We had looked at it earlier than that, but it sort of faded away I believe at the end of ’14.
Q. But not in 2015 or 2016?
A. Certainly not ’16. There was never a definitive end to it. It just died of deal fatigue.

As is obvious from the context, the quotes Ewing used weren’t about the Cohen efforts, but the Agalarov efforts.

What makes Ewing’s error so surprising is that the very next two lines make abundantly clear that the discussion is not about the Cohen efforts but the Agalarov efforts. Here’s a brief exchange with Trump’s attorney:

Q. How did that deal first come about?
MR. FUTERFAS: Which, just for clarification?
MR. PRIVOR: The Agalarovs in 2014.

The fake news NPR story about Don Jr. was discredited by many in the media by mid-afternoon. That didn’t stop Eric Swalwell, a US Congressman from California, from mocking President Trump’s son on Twitter over a FAKE NEWS story, tweeting: A good lesson for all kids (and for anyone in the White House): the truth always comes out. (Swalwell included a link to NPR’s fake news story that wrongfully smeared Donald Trump Jr.)

Donald Trump Jr., who, much like his father, doesn’t shy away when it comes to defending the truth called out US Rep. Eric Swalwell on his tweet.

You were saying Eric? Maybe you should read the correction issued rather than chasing yet another shiny object. After 2 years of fails it just makes you look stupid (a fitting look for you). Obviously the truth isn’t convenient for your objective so I imagine you’ll stay quiet!

Even a sitting US Senator, Patrick Leahy tweeted a VOX article that was based on the NPR article while calling Donald Trump Jr. a liar: It’s increasingly clear Donald Trump Jr misled Sen Judiciary in closed-door testimony. There’s no excuse for GOP ignoring & our demands that he return to testify—IN PUBLIC—about his family’s ever-changing story & Russian connections in 2016.

Trump Jr. slammed Leahy with this response: You were saying senator??? Please correct this immediately so you aren’t misleading many people now that even NPR corrected their sloppy attempt to smear me.

Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire explained how fake news works to the popular leftist Steven Cheung.

How fake news works: 1. Original source reports something false 2. Other news orgs spread false report 3. After report has saturated the news, original source adds “correction” 4. News orgs that reported original report give corrected version minimal coverage 5. Damage done

Donald Trump Jr. responded to Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, after he called out news outlets for publishing a lot of fake news related to Don Jr:

Their desperation to take me out is palpable. I’ll take it as a compliment, it’s so over the top they must view me as a real threat to their leftist agenda. Keep trying kids… I love the fight!!!

The mainstream media is relentless in trying to take down conservative-leaning news sites like ours, when will leftist news sources like the government-funded NPR be removed from Facebook and Twitter for publishing fake news?


Join The Conversation. Leave a Comment.