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November 30, 2018

Mollie Hemingway: NPR Is Incompetent or Lying In Its Claim That Cohen's Testimony Contradicts Trump Jr.'s Testimony
And Now: NPR Adds a Huge "Clarification" To Article, But Does Not Retract It Or Admit The Central Claim It Made Is Entirely False

That Donald Trump, he lies so much.

As opposed to every other political player. And by political player, I definitely mean the partisan media.

So you've probably heard the media's latest shriek, that Donald Trump Jr. denied the Trump organization was pursuing any deals in Russia in 2015 and 2016, while Michael Cohen says they were pursuing one in 2016.

Well, they are either incompetent or lying -- and as it turns out, both.

In the transcript, Donald Trump Jr. says early on that the Trump organization was pursuing a tower project in Moscow in 2015 and 2016. This project was the Agalarov project.

Much later, he's asked about a different project, the Sater deal. That deal he says ended in 2014, and did not continue into 2015 and 2016.

NPR's "reporter" Phil Ewing, who should be fired for gross incompetence, confuses the two deals and doesn't even seem aware that there were two deals being discussed.

Which is especially weird, as Mollie Hemingway points out:

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 Trumpís attorney:

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

Despite this being an obvious error by NPR, the media outlet has failed to correct it even hours after it was first published.

Just two lines after the lines Ewing quotes, there is an exchange making it plain to the world that the Senate questioners are asking about two different deals, and even they have to clarify from time to time which is being discussed.

Did this cause Phil Ewing to say, "Wait, there's two deals being discussed here, I should actually read this thing instead of going by what some idiots said on Twitter?"

Apparently not. As we are forced to pay for NPR, it is definitely "government work," and I guess it's incompetent employees live the motto "good enough for government work" to the fullest.

And this is amusing:

And Russia conspiracy theorists such as John Schindler, who earlier this week fell for the false Guardian story about Paul Manafort and Julian Assange, once again fell for the latest false Russia story:

Schindler claims to be, like his fat friend Tom Nichols, a super-smart Expert on Russia and intelligence analysis, but I can't help noticing he makes extremely sloppy mistakes that always run in Fusion GPS's favor the direction of his preconceived narrative.

Shouldn't a super-expert intelligence analyst Read the Fucking Documents before making wild claims on Twitter? Shouldn't he... verify his claims?

And this makes it all the funnier: Schindler recently denigrated Mollie's analytical abilities in relation to his own:

Really, John? Yeah, that Mollie. She doesn't know anything about analyzing data, except that maybe you should actually read the data before declaring that your religious dogmas have all been confirmed by it.

Now comes NPR to admit that Mollie and other critics were right, and that its own reporter was wrong, although they don't say that of course.

They spend a lot of words to avoid declaring the truth:


NPR claims other things in the article are right, though.

Like the date, for example.

And Schindler?

Why don't you get off Twitter a little more each day and maybe read an original document, or at least give it a quick once-over.

It's really enlightening to see IC "professionals" bragging about their IC expertise while doing shoddy barely-skimmed-Twitter work and being wrong at nearly every turn.

Yeah, this totally gives me confidence in that other great Lion of the Intelligence Community, Chris "Golden Showers" Steele.

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Update: For some reason, I don't think John "Master of OpSec" Schindler will be retweeting this NPR tweet out, with or without exclamation point:

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