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 Pravda West

Truth Matters I may have told the old Russian joke before about the match race (i.e. two horse race) between the American and the Russian steeds. If I have, however, it bears repeating. The American horse won by several lengths. Provda reported the race in this way: “Russian horse came in second, American horse next to last”. What Pravda reported, of course, was both true and a total lie. That’s the way our press is currently reporting Donald Trump’s phone call to Ukraine. Let’s look at ABC’s evening news as an example (since it’s not viewed as being as partisan as, say, MSNBC or CNN). David Muir reported after the transcript of the call was released that in it President Trump asked Zelensky for a favor and shortly after requested he investigate Biden. That, of course, was true. It was, however, also a total lie. The favor that Trump asked was that Zelensky investigate the hacking of the DNC server if it turned out the private firm the DNC hired to examine the server for clues had subsequently shipped it to Ukraine. Several paragraphs after that he mentioned as an afterthought that the Ukraine’s investigation of Hunter Biden which Vice President Biden had used illegal force to kill should be revived as part of Zelensky’s anti-corruption campaign. The ABC news piece actually mirrored Democrat intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff’s lies about the content of the Trump phone call which were so outrageous he was later forced to call his description a parody. Muir also used former senator (and current CBS employee) Jeff Flake to opine that at least 35 Republican senators would vote in a private ballot to impeach the President. Muir neglected to mention that Flake was a “never Trumper” whose extreme animis towards the President had caused his approval rating back home in Utah to crater at 18% before he decided not to run for reelection. Flake was identified by Muir only as a “former Republican senator”. Yahoo News was just as dishonest in its coverage. Its editor David Knowles put out an article under a headline indicating that Republican Representative Amodei backed the impeachment probe. What the representative actually said, however, was that he agreed with the White House that the Intelligence Committee should examine the (so called) whistle blower complaint. He also specifically said that he did not want the President to be impeached. President Trump has been soundly criticized in the ...

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