Maddow attempts to count to three!

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

Also to 26:
How many meetings did Jeff Sessions have with the Russian ambassador last year?

Frankly, we don't know. So far, we'd say the confirmed count stands at exactly one.

Plainly, Sessions had a meeting with Ambassador Kislyak on September 8, 2016. The meeting was held in Sessions' office. No one denies that it happened.

(Sessions denies that the campaign was discussed.)

Were there other meetings? For all we know, there could have been a hundred, with the Pope in attendance each time! So far, though, we've seen no evidence of other meetings. Sessions apparently scores it this way:
One meeting, on September 8.
One handshake, in a group setting, after a speech delivered by Sessions at the Republican Convention.
That's how Sessions seems to be scoring it. He and his staff adamantly deny a rumored third encounter.

(Source of the rumor: Comey the God Payback Rumor Machine.)

That said, if you're a liberal, you're being propagandized very hard about this mandated point of dispute. More specifically:

If we assume normal competence, Rachel Maddow's report on this topic last night was about as dishonest as "cable news" ever gets.

Maddow misled her liberal viewers in an array of ways. When corporate cable functions this way on the corporate right and the corporate left, our floundering republic is truly in a world of major hurt.

How many meetings did Sessions have with the Russkie ambassador? Presumably, he'll be questioned about that at this afternoon's public testimony.

For now, we'll only say this. If you watched Maddow's opening segment last night, you were treated to roughly twenty minutes of rolling tribal deception.

For years, we've told you that this rather strange TV star "isn't obsessively honest." Assuming minimal emotional competence, we'd say she dissembled, misstated and pretty much lied all through last night's report.

(In fairness, she may be such a true believer that she knows not what she does. We'll admit that we're curious about the role played by her enabler staff.)

Maddow wanted you to think that she could (pretty much) count to three (meetings with Kislyak). She wanted you to think that she could count to 26 (the number of senators on the armed services committee), with no one but Sessions meeting with Kislyak last year.

She wanted you thinking many things, none of which are known to be true. When corporate cable works this way, liberal brain cells die in droves, and unsuspecting liberal viewers are being badly misused.

As they used to say at Woodstock, "There's some bad Maddow going around." We'd strongly advise you to leave this junk alone.

Counting to 26: This topic involves some horrible work by the Washington Post. We'll probably get to it later this week.

For now, to see Adam Entous count to 26, you can just click here. Unless we're totally missing something, Matt Yglesias got taken in by Entous' slippery work.

Let's be fair! The Entous tweet was technically accurate, though monumentally misleading. Unless we're totally missing something, Yglesias got taken.

Entous works for the Washington Post. The Post has done some horrible work on this particular topic. Our nation is in a world of hurt when the mainstream plays it this way, as they've done for the past many years.

Al Gore said he invented the Internet! That was their work too!

3 comments:

  1. Let's all give the Russians the benefit of the doubt. Let's give anyone who might have colluded with them for political benefit, the presumption of innocence even to the point of never stating an accusation. Let's assume that Trump is just a bumbling idiot with no ulterior motives or goals beyond plating everything in his life gold. Let's assume no one near him wants to manipulate government to their own financial gain. After all, until suspicions are proven, they are nothing more than speculation and the words "alleged" need to appear before everything said about these people.

    I was alive during Watergate and I vividly recall being astonished that someone with Nixon's intelligence would have done the things he did. I gave him every benefit of the doubt. He was the President, for God's sake! At every turn, the rumors were largely true (if not precisely accurate) and he was more guilty than most of us ever suspected. He was truly a crook.

    Donald gives every impression of being a crook. There is no wondering about his intelligence other than how someone so dumb could become the figurehead for a criminal conspiracy. I mean, couldn't the other crooks see how likely he was to blow the deal through sheer stupidity? There is no reason on earth to assume Trump isn't guilty of every rumor and leak. Like Nixon, he is probably much more guilty than anyone speculates, because he still has a bit of the aura of the presidency, and because how could someone be any worse than he appears?

    So, Somerby -- stop insisting that we pretend Trump may be innocent of anything. You are just sounding foolish and annoying everyone here, including the trolls.

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