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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor


December 19, 2019 --

One Example of Disinformation

LPR dislikes the term "fake news."   Here is an example of "disinformation in The New York Times, December 13:  "Over the course of the fall, [American diplomats and officials in the administration]  confirmed and expanded on the facts in the whistle-blowers' complaint, uncovering a broad scheme by Mr. Trump and allies inside and outside the government to supplant long-held American policy toward Ukraine in line with the president's personal political interests."   The whistle-blowers complaint did not more than provide hearsay, and "the broad scheme" cited by this Times story exists only in the minds of Trump-haters.  This piece of disinformation also suggests that foreign policy is determined by the bureaucracy, not by the president after his inauguration.  What the quoted sentence points to is the existence of "the deep state!"

Another Example of Disinformation

From a news article, New York Times, December 13, page A 18:   "For a while, the revelations about [President Trump's] efforts to pressure Ukraine to help him against his Democratic rivals while withholding American military aid...."  Mr. Trump did not pressure Ukraine; he did not seek Ukraine's help against a Democratic rival or "rivals;" he did not withhold military aid.

The lead story in the Times, December 13 also disinformed about pressure by the president on Ukraine to investigate "his political rivals"    Again, all Mr. Trump asked was for Mr. Zelensky to "look into" the matter of Biden (one person) stopping prosecution.   The assertion as to pressure to harm a rival is false; the assertion as to "rivals" suggests unfair journalism gone bonkers.

Disinformation from Chairman Schiff

House Intelligence  Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said, on Face the Nation, December 8, that President Trump did not begin to seek "foreign interference"
 in election in Ukraine.  "It began when the President invited Russia to intervene in the last election."    At no time did President Trump seriously invite Russian interference in the 2020 election.   LPR maintains that the source of this example of Democratic disinformation is the president's tween, as candidate in July 2016, "If Russia or any other country has Hillary Clinton's 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!"   And any Democrat who takes this sarcastic comment seriously is doing so only for the political benefit of the Democrat party!

Disinformation from Chairman Nadler

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler provided political  disinformation on Meet the Press, December 8.  Among other things, he said, "There is overwhelming evidence, uncontested by the Republicans, that the president out himself above the country, that the president sought foreign assistance in elections, sought to cover it up, completely defied participation in the congressional investigation, in order to hide his role, that he sought foreign assistance in the next election."     Mr. Nadler went on to say that President Trump is guilty of contempt of Congress, and "we have to call the president for his violation of the Constitution and for posing the considerable risk that he poses to the next election."    And so, by relying on what Harvard Professor of Law Emeritus Alan Dershowitz calls, in the title of his latest book, "Guilt by Accusation," Chairman Nadler has created the curious concept of "preemptive impeachment."