Have you ever seen such a news media cover-up?
You can ‘hear’ the former journalist at Blaska Policy Werkes wincing still; if you are willing to listen, Chuck Todd
The mainstream news media is not our enemy but it has sold its soul
NBC and its sister MSNBC are full partners in the institutional news media’s Trump Resistance corps. After the Russian collusion hoax evaporated they turned to a single phone call to the president of Ukraine.
How about hearing out the other side just once? Invite Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, to see what the chairman of the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee thinks of all this? No can do. Not if you are Chuck Todd hosting Meet the Press on NBC. Must Advance the
Russian Ukranian Collusion Narrative.
The 9:44-minute “interview” is a travesty. The so-called interviewer kept hectoring Johnson to answer His questions His way rather than exploring the influential, twice-elected Republican’s viewpoints. We follow with a very partial transcript. (Read the entire transcript here.)
CHUCK TODD: Let me start with something you told The Wall Street Journal late last week. You had said when [the U.S. ambassador to the European Union] seemed to imply that the frozen military aid was connected to a promise by [Ukraine president] Zelensky for investigations, you said, “At that suggestion, I winced. My reaction was, ‘Oh God. I don’t wanna see those two things combined.'” Why did you wince and what did you mean by “those two things combined?”
Johnson, it must be said, does not directly answer the question but seeks to put it in the context …
of a permanent inquisition that had already found Trump guilty but was still looking for the crime.
SEN. RON JOHNSON: Let me just talk about why I’m pretty sympathetic with what President Trump has gone through. You know, I’m 64 years old. I have never in my lifetime seen a president, after being elected, not having some measure of well wishes from his opponents. I’ve never seen a president’s administration be sabotaged from the day after election. I — I’ve never seen — no– no measure of honeymoon whatsoever. And so what President Trump’s had to endure, a false accusation — by the way, you’ve got John Brennan on — you oughta ask Director Brennan what did Peter Strzok mean when he texted Lisa Page on December 15th, 2016?
You must play on my playground
Thereupon Chuck Todd interrupts Ron Johnson 33 times — thirty-three times — as Johnson tries to answer. At one point, Todd resorts to a Democrat(ic) dog whistle by exclaiming “Fox News!” A partial transcript of that particular exchange:
CHUCK TODD: All right, Senator–
SEN. RON JOHNSON: — text to Lisa Page–
TODD: –I have no idea why–
JOHNSON: — We’re gettin’– no, that’s– that’s–
JOHNSON: –a setup. It is entirely–
TODD: — why a Fox–
JOHNSON: –relevant to this point.
TODD: –why a Fox News conspiracy, propaganda stuff is popping up on here.
JOHNSON: –unlike— unlike the– the narrative of the press that President Trump wants to dig up dirt on his 2020 opponent, what he wants is he wants to– an accounting of what happened in 2016. Who set him up? Did things spring from Ukraine? You know, there’s a good piece. We’ve got an oversight letter on — from Politico in 2017 where– le– let me– let me quote the article.
It says, “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump. They did so by disseminating documents implicating a top Trump aid in corruption, suggesting they were investigating the matter. Ukrainian officials also reportedly helped Clinton allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisors.” There is potential interference in– in the 2016 campaign—
That was too much information for NBC’s Todd. He resumes his interruptions, forcing Sen. Johnson to question Todd’s impartiality.
TODD: –I understand that a way to avoid answering a question is to attack us in the press. I’m well aware of that.
You don’t trust Obama’s intelligence agencies?!!!
More back and forth follow before Johnson is allowed to resume, a portion of which we reproduce:
JOHNSON: Chuck, I wanna get to the truth. I– I’m not here defending the president. I– I’m not here to denounce him either. What I’m here is telling you my– my piece of this– the puzzle here, giving you my honest assessment of what I heard, how– how the President told me repeatedly in the May 23rd Oval Office visit, on the phone on the 31st, the reason he had very legitimate concerns and reservations about Ukraine is first, corruption, generalized. It’s endemic.
It’s no good. Todd resumes his hectoring, then throws the name of Paul Manafort into the scrum, followed by another 18 interruptions… then asks whether the senator trusts America’s investigative agencies ..
JOHNSON: No, I d– I didn’t trust ’em back then.
TODD: And you don’t trust them now?
JOHNSON: I– I do not trust John Brennan. I do not trust–
TODD: Do you trust the CIA–
JOHNSON: –th– s– Lisa Page–
TODD: –and FBI now– because– none of them have–
JOHNSON: Andrew McCabe–
TODD: –come to any of the conclusions–
JOHNSON: –I don’t trust those guys.
TODD: You’re making a choice not to believe the investigations that have taken place, multiple–
(Which is rich, because NBC and its Anti-FACTSists prefer to forget the Mueller report’s conclusion but refuse to ask why the special prosecutor never examined the foundational DNC/Steele/Fusion GPS documents.) For starters.
The uncurious Mr. Todd
JOHNSON: No, I’m– I’m trying to get to the truth. I wanna look at the entire truth, Chuck.
After still more interruptions: Todd asks: “What truth are you looking for?”
JOHNSON: I want the complete truth.
TODD: So– well, so are we–
JOHNSON: I want the complete truth.
TODD: I’m sorry that you chose–
JOHNSON: I doubt that.
TODD: –to come on this way, Senator. Thanks very much. …
TODD: Joining me now is Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. Senator Murphy, thanks for coming on. A question I was gonna try to get to Senator Johnson had to do with the fact if he shared his concerns about the linkage of military aid and the president’s decision to want an investigation.
Did you ever hear Senator Johnson wince?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Why did Ron Johnson wince? He knew that, given their frustration over the Russia Collusion Hoax, the Liberal Establishment would sink its teeth into anything that looked like blood.