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Trump Re-election Campaign Warns TV Producers About Credibility of High Profile Democrats Who Heavily Pushed Russiagate

Trump Re-election Campaign Warns TV Producers About Credibility of High Profile Democrats Who Heavily Pushed Russiagate

“Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions”

After Russiagate came crashing down, Trump’s re-election campaign is targeting six high profile Democrats who, they claim, “made outlandish, false claims, without evidence.”

Six Democrats were mentioned in a memo sent by the re-election campaign to networks: Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Eric Swalwell, DNC Chair Tom Perez,  and John Brennan, former CIA director.

From CNBC:

Trump’s re-election campaign sent a memo to television producers on Monday instructing them to “employ basic journalistic standards when booking” six current or former government officials that the campaign said “made outlandish, false claims, without evidence” while on air.

The others targeted in the memo either declined to comment or did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.

The Trump campaign letter comes a day after Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers that special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

The two-page letter, which was distributed to producers for all the networks and cable outlets, cited comments that the guests made on air alleging that there was evidence of collusion.

“Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions,” wrote Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s director of communications, in the memo. The campaign wrote that the producers should “begin by asking” the following question:

Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past?

“At a minimum, if these guests do reappear, you should replay the prior statements and challenge them to provide the evidence which promoted them to make wild claims in the first place,” Murtaugh wrote.

Swalwell swatted back:

In a statement, Swalwell said that the “only person who has been caught lying about Russia is Donald Trump.”

“If he thinks I’ve made a false statement, he can sue me. And I’ll beat him in court,” Swalwell said.

Immediately after Mueller’s final report was surrendered to the DOJ, Rep. Schiff, who made a name for himself selling the Russia/collusion schtick, was on cable news promising to keep investigating.

A whole slew of Democrats is refusing to own two years of spreading nonsense.


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Implementation seems a bit clumsy.

At a minimum . . . you should replay the prior statements

They’ll claim that “should” is an implied order, and the White House is trying to infringe their 1st A rights, etc.

“We ask that you employ basic journalistic standards”

is much better; “ask” is harder to misinterpret as a command.

    Coolpapa in reply to tom_swift. | March 25, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I’m not sure that “should” implies an order so much as it appeals to their obligation to be fair in their reporting. Something that used to be common in journalism and precedes any perceived order.

      tom_swift in reply to Coolpapa. | March 26, 2019 at 3:08 am

      Of course it doesn’t, to speakers of English. But it hands them an easy opportunity to pretend to misinterpret the statement. And since they’ve done that with everything DJT has said since the start of the campaign, it’s certain that they’ll do it again. There’s no advantage in making it easier for them.

        casualobserver in reply to tom_swift. | March 26, 2019 at 7:39 am

        As if there is any reason to put effort into making sure the media and the Dems don’t completely assign bad or the wrong meaning.

    Elzorro in reply to tom_swift. | March 26, 2019 at 4:02 am

    The Coup is dead, Long libe the Coup.

Close The Fed | March 25, 2019 at 8:43 pm

Good move.

Swalwell is the swine that let us know he plans to nuke Americans if we fail to abide by the gun laws he hopes to enact in the future. That alone disqualifies him from “public service” let alone being a guest on cable news.

Go after the licenses of the broadcast networks. Let them know they need to be more fair and balanced.

    tom_swift in reply to 4fun. | March 26, 2019 at 3:12 am

    No way Trump is going to be so clumsy. Going after their broadcast licenses for anything which could be interpreted as free speech would be as counterproductive as, say, trying to fire Mueller. DJT didn’t take that bait, and he won’t fall into this trap either.

i believe this is what is known as a “hint and a half for yo azz”

The Trump campaign people must be dreaming if they think shame is one of the Dems or mam’s personality traits. Or ethics. These people at the networks couldn’t give a damn what Trump’s people think. I watched cnn today just to see what they were saying about their disaster of reporting for the last two years. They have moved on to obstruction and claim that is what Mueller really wanted.

    oldgoat36 in reply to inspectorudy. | March 26, 2019 at 7:08 am

    This is to lay the groundwork for the viewers who aren’t blinded by their unswerving faith in the National Socialist Party. Trump isn’t stupid, it’s a repeat of things he has said in the past, and with faith in the media being so low it is putting it out there that certain cretins have lied.

    Trump is putting his faith in the American people, not the media propaganda machine. If the media doesn’t report of this they look bad, if they do they look bad.

JusticeDelivered | March 25, 2019 at 10:18 pm

Perhaps Republicans should start taking action to punish media. For example, cable cutters are costing networks lots of revenue, so promoting such will cost traditional news networks big bucks. Even better, is doing so greatly lowers having to put up with obnoxious ads and it saves money.

This evening, PBS preempted normal programming to do a special “Mueller Report” program. Not to be outdone, CBS is doing the same thing at the 10:00 prime time hour. Not sure about NBC and ABC. The MSM has a lot of lost credibility to regain…they can’t do it. They forget nothing and they learn nothing.

I just cannot believe the level of winning I am seeing!

Subotai Bahadur | March 26, 2019 at 12:52 am

“we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards”

Basic journalistic standards in this country is total subservience to the Democrat-Socialist Party. There is no such thing as journalistic ethics. The two words negate each other. They will continue to advocate the overthrow of the constitutional republic.

Subotai Bahadur

It seemed like a warning to me. Like Covington. You want to Slander me?

casualobserver | March 26, 2019 at 7:43 am

I’m guessing this had a single, primary purpose. To cause the pearl-clutching of the media and overreaction so that the letter would be publicized to the max. And that puts all of the named Dems into everyone’s thoughts about what they did.

Imagine if the campaign had simply issued a statement saying these people owe an apology, for one example. No where NEAR the hysterical reaction causing cries of abuse of power, or something more silly like INTERFERENCE!!!!, or a despot taking away First Amendment rights, yada yada whine whine. Just my guess, this is getting the intended effect.

Blaise MacLean | March 26, 2019 at 9:26 am

CNBC said: “…Trump’s re-election campaign sent a memo to television producers on Monday instructing them…”

I am pretty sure “instructing” is the wrong verb. I doubt the Trump campaign has the jurisdiction or ability “instruct” anyone other than its employees. “Requesting”, “suggesting” “asking” “reminding” are some verbs that would have been a more suitable report on what the Trump campaign asked then to do. In something as simple as this CNBC (and the rest) can’t avoid letting their biases show.