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CNN’s Reporting Not Holding Up Too Well

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This article from March 2017 refers to Trump’s “baseless wiretap claim,” though the denials quoted in the article now read–with the benefit of hindsight–as non-denial denials. (E.g. they are carefully worded to say that President Obama would not have ordered FBI surveillance on Trump.) This article from October 2017–just four months ago–did not age well. This is my favorite paragraph: But even by Trump standards, this morning’s tweet is somewhat remarkable. He is suggesting that a dossier prepared by a former member of British intelligence has not only been totally discredited (it hasn’t — more on that in a minute) but that it might have been funded by some combination of Russia, the Democratic Party and, wait for it, the FBI! I realize it must be hard for

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This article from March 2017 refers to Trump’s “baseless wiretap claim,” though the denials quoted in the article now read–with the benefit of hindsight–as non-denial denials. (E.g. they are carefully worded to say that President Obama would not have ordered FBI surveillance on Trump.)

This article from October 2017–just four months ago–did not age well. This is my favorite paragraph:

But even by Trump standards, this morning’s tweet is somewhat remarkable. He is suggesting that a dossier prepared by a former member of British intelligence has not only been totally discredited (it hasn’t — more on that in a minute) but that it might have been funded by some combination of Russia, the Democratic Party and, wait for it, the FBI!

I realize it must be hard for critics of Trump to understand how his die-hard fans can tune out all the evidence that he’s a boor, a liar, incompetent, corrupt, etc. etc. Well, stuff like the above is part of the explanation.

The reason I’m posting these CNN links is that, in the wake of #TheMemo, a bunch of people–such as James Comey–are saying, “This is it? NBD.” They’ve forgotten (or are pretending to forget) that the stuff in that memo was dismissed as paranoid lunacy less than a year ago.

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