The Democrats and the media have been scrambling to spin the nothing-burger that is the transcript between Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a negative for Trump. If it really was so bad, perhaps they can explain why the media has falsely implied that Trump when asked for a favor that it was about Biden, and not about investigating 2016 election interference.
Here are CNN and MSNBC deliberately misrepresenting the transcript:
MSNBC's @KatyTurNBC did it too.
Absolutely despicable. pic.twitter.com/EFlCO9lz7m
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 25, 2019
Wolf Blitzer and Jim Acosta also misrepresenting the favor again on CNN following Trump’s press conference Wednesday afternoon:
BLITZER: Jim Acosta is there at the news conference. Jim, you’re there in New York. And let’s not forget, in the — this summary that was released by the White House, the President specifically quoted as saying to the Ukrainian president, “I would like you to do us a favor” and then goes into an investigation into the Bidens and the Democrats.
JIM ACOSTA: That is right, Wolf. And the President never really asked — or answered the question. I tried to ask the question as he was walking out of the room, what did he mean by “could you do us a favor.” He never really explained what he was talking about with respect to that question.
NPR also deceptively edited the transcript in a story:
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) September 25, 2019
Here’s what Trump really asked a favor about, per the transcript:
I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… the server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you and your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you said yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.
To omit this from their reporting wasn’t a simple oversight, it was deliberate. Here’s an image of the transcript highlighting where Trump asks for a favor, and where Biden actually comes up:
That’s a lot of content being ignored in order to connect the “favor” with the suggestion to look into the Biden matter.
So, one can’t help asking, if the transcript on its own was so damning, why is the media deliberately misrepresenting what it says?