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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Russian Meeting Quiz

Here are three statements:

1.  When asked what he would do about communications with the Russians by the Trump campaign if any surfaced, the senator said:  "I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians." 

2.  Commenting on a meeting by another senator with the Russians, the senator said, " "I've been on the Armed Services (Committee) for 10 years, No call or meeting w/ Russian ambassador. Ever."

3.  Asked if the Congressman ever had met with the Russian ambassador, the answer came, "Not with this Russian ambassador, no." 

It turns out that in all three cases, there actually was at least one such meeting with the Russian ambassador.  As a result all three speakers "explained" what they said.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that he had no meetings with the Russians about the Trump campaign, but did meet as part of his senate duties.  Speaker 2, senator Claire McCaskell, explained that her two communications with the Russian ambassador were not one on one meetings.  Speaker 3, House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi said that her meetings with the Russians were not one on one meetings.

The media response has been to brand Sessions a liar but to ignore what McCaskill and Pelosi said as a slip of the lip. 

It's worth adding, by the way, that Sessions' only meeting with the Russian ambassador was not a one on one meeting either.  So each of the three made much the same mistake.  The media treatment of these statements tells you a great deal about the bias of the mainstream media in today's world.


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