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*Sure, there IS such a factor as fact. And the reality wants defending. However Rudy Giuliani was tapping into one thing actual when he instructed Chuck Todd that “fact is not fact” on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” One thing cynical, however actual.
No, it will not fly in courtroom. However, as is usually identified, Rudy is combating within the courtroom of public opinion. And “fact is not fact” for Trump’s most fervent supporters. They do not belief the same old “fact” suppliers. They really feel that the reality is regardless of the president says it’s, regardless of the president’s lawyer says it’s.
The truth is, that is one among Trump’s high accomplishments in workplace: Destroying the notion of an agreed-upon set of details…
The brand new “different details”
What’s it about Chuck Todd?! Kellyanne Conway’s “different details” second occurred on his broadcast. After which “fact is not fact” supplanted it, additionally on his broadcast.
THE CONTEXT: As CNN’s Caroline Kenny defined right here, Rudy was “explaining that he will not let particular counsel Robert Mueller rush Trump into testifying as a result of he does not need investigators to lure the President right into a lie.”
THE REACTION: Eugene Robinson was ready within the wings as a panelist on “MTP.” He stated “jaws dropped across the set” when Rudy stated it…
THE REALITY: “I feel the concept that ‘fact is not fact’ goes to go down as this White Home’s authorized technique,” panelist Yamiche Alcindor stated afterward…
“Do not do ‘fact is not fact’ to me”
That was my favourite line of the entire interview. When Todd stated “that is going to turn out to be a nasty meme,” Giuliani answered, “No, no, no … do not do that to me,” and Todd received the alternate with, “Do not do ‘fact is not fact’ to me.” Todd was saying, in essence, do not mislead me and my viewers. Giuliani had lied just some minutes earlier…
Competing reviews, competing truths
However once more — lemme simply come again to the purpose about Trump world’s relationship with fact — we’re witnessing what’s on the finish of a path of 1,000 lies. That is it: “Fact is not fact.” What’s a lie when there isn’t any such factor as THE fact? Simply competing variations of fact?
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I talked about this on CNN with Ana Cabrera on Sunday night time. To most Americans, I said, this is repulsive. However Trump’s fan base chooses to imagine that Trump and Giuliani are presenting fact.
“Time for Mueller investigation to file report. We’ll launch ours,” Giuliani tweeted on Saturday. So in different phrases, there will probably be TWO reviews, one about obstruction of justice and one other that refutes Mueller and creates confusion in regards to the findings.
For all of us journos, this implies one factor: double down on our reporting.
NYT’s reporters are on hearth…
The Occasions owned the weekend, first with Saturday afternoon’s jaw-dropper about Don McGahn’s cooperation with the Mueller probe, then with a Sunday afternoon follow-up in regards to the fallout from that article, then with a Sunday night scoop about Michael Cohen being investigated for “financial institution fraud in extra of $20 million.”
Maggie Haberman had a byline on all three. (The 2 McGahn tales have been written with Michael Schmidt… The Cohen story was co-bylined with William Ok. Rashbaum and Ben Protess.)
Key graf within the Cohen story: “The inquiry has entered the ultimate stage and prosecutors are contemplating submitting fees by the tip of August…”
Hold this in thoughts when Trump says the paper is “failing”
Jordan Valinsky’s story about Trump’s Sunday morning tirade in opposition to the NYT included this key factoid:
“In his tweet, Trump once more known as the Occasions ‘failing,’ however the newspaper really reported a wholesome second-quarter revenue. Two years in the past right this moment, he additionally known as the Occasions ‘failing’ and ‘dying.’ The Occasions’ inventory is up almost 77% since that tweet.”
Talking of that tirade…
Trump’s half dozen tweets on Sunday in contrast Mueller’s “gang” to Joseph McCarthy, launched the concept of a “John Dean kind ‘RAT,'” and claimed that “some members of the media” known as to “complain and apologize” for the NYT’s scoop about McGahn. He additionally misspelled the phrase “counsel” 3 times.
I stated on “Dependable Sources” that if we have been watching this all unfold from another nation, we might query the US president’s wellness. “Is he okay?”
Trump’s Twitter conduct lends credence to one of many many particulars in Saturday’s Occasions story. It stated that Trump’s conduct has so exasperated McGahn “that he has known as the president ‘King Kong’ behind his again, to connote his volcanic anger…”
Tweet of the weekend
NYT’s Peter Baker: “Shades of 1974? The week began with an enemies listing, then got here secret White Home tapes and it finishes with a White Home counsel spilling to a particular prosecutor.”
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CNNMoney (New York) First printed August 19, 2018: 11:38 PM ET