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Editorial: The ‘fake news’ problem

December 14, 2017


President Donald Trump’s habit of labeling media reports he doesn’t like as “fake news” has real and dangerous consequences, including encouraging some of the world’s worst leaders to do the same.

A story published this week in the New York Times noted that authoritarian dictators from around the globe have taken to dismissing as “fake news” not just stories critical of the leaders but also real reporting on atrocities within their countries. Some examples from the Times story:

Syria’s Bashar al-Assad dismissed an Amnesty International report about prison deaths in Syria by saying, “We are living in a fake-news era.”

President Nicolas Maduro, who is systematically dismantling democracy in Venezuela, said in response to media criticism, “This is what we call fake news today.”

In Myanmar, government officials labeled as fake news reports of a genocidal campaign against Rohingya Muslims. A security official in Myanmar told the Times, “There is no such thing as Rohingya. It is fake news.”

Fake news has been used to dismiss and suppress media reports critical of governments in Russia, Turkey, China, Libya, Poland, Thailand, Somalia and other authoritarian nations, the Times reported.

Sadly, Trump seems not to care that the only world leaders willing to join his fake-news chorus are dictators, like Syria’s Assad, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

While Trump dismisses real news as fake, he continues to ignore the problem of actual “fake news.” And why wouldn’t he? After all, thousands of intentionally fake and outrageous stories, authored by Russian operatives and distributed widely on social media, may have influenced the 2016 election in his favor.

Of Trump’s 12 most recent tweets, six referenced fake news. An example from Tuesday: “Wow, more than 90% of Fake News Media coverage of me is negative, with numerous forced retractions of untrue stories. Hence my use of Social Media, the only way to get the truth out. Much of Mainstream Media has become a joke!”

Never before has there been so much information so readily available to so many around the world as there is today. No doubt, some of it is false, written intentionally to mislead and manipulate. But the narrative that Trump has been peddling — that the so-called mainstream media are the primary producers of fake news — is laughably false.

Rather, there is very real, accurate and important news being produced every hour of every day by hard-working, credible journalists performing the critical role of watchdog around the globe. Is some of that news critical of Trump and his administration? Absolutely — as it should be. And Trump should know by now that he can’t escape accountability simply by saying a media report isn’t true.

When Trump so blithely dismisses real news as fake, he demeans the office he holds and legitimizes despots and dictators who do the same. It’s a dangerous and reckless tactic that the president would be wise to abandon.


Steve Hicks 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for this thoughtful, measured, rational word on "fake news." That approach, with examples from real-world events, is itself the perfect counter to those who rant against "fake news."

It's worth noting that the only reference-point for those who cry "fake news" is themselves. "Fake news," in their values-system, is any information which presents them in a bad light.

When a person believes no fault can ever truly be ascribed to him- or herself, our take-away has to be that their self-image is their own flawless character and wisdom, by which all else should be measured.

For we who live in reality, with its seven billion counter-examples, no human being is ever of such god-like perfection. Those who self-delude that they are the sole exception are deeply, completely, insane.

No wonder then that those decrying "fake news" show their fundamental opposition to reality, at all points. No wonder they are consequently the worst possible guides for those who live in reality.

But their real enemy is truth: which remains firmly anchored in reality, not the unstable dictums of a wannabe-god. Their attack on truth is also manifest in the "alternative facts" (what we who live in reality call "lies") with which they mislead the gullible, the malevolent, and the very, very stupid.

Spoiler Alert: I've read the end of the book. In the war against Truth, Truth wins.

P Allen Macfarlane 5 months, 1 week ago

Don't confuse me with the facts, I have my own opinions.

Steve Hicks 5 months, 1 week ago

Exactly !! Well (and much more succinctly) put, Allen.

Joe Herynk 5 months, 1 week ago

How do you explain the low approval rating of main stream media if it is not for the abundance of fake-news? Who has the lower approval rating, President Trump or main stream media?

Greg Cooper 5 months, 1 week ago

Laziness, lack of research or desire to know the truth.

Chump, latest : 33%; has been as high as 45%, has bit topped 38% in the last year Media, 54%

Other questions, Google is your friend (refer to line one).

Michael Kort 5 months, 1 week ago

Stupid voters vote for dictators and those who promise them the moon while mooning them daily with lies .

Trump lies so fast that he can't keep his lies his recent tweet that he fired Gen. Flynn for lying to V.P. Mike Pence..........AND THE FBI ?.........did he tweet that he knew that Flynn was LYING TO THE FBI ? no attention to the liar behind the curtain............Why, some lawyer must have just picked up Trumps phone off of the table somewhere and just made a false tweet to implicate Trump in some big cover up lie ? ? ? .

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

LJW editorial suggests President Trump’s “fake news” label is being adopted by dictators (no bias there) when the real story is how far the Obama Administration had moved toward a dictatorial state by weaponizing agencies with in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

You want to talk “dangerous and reckless tactics”? Do some internet research on Peter Strzok text messages or Lois Lerner Settlement.

Here is my favorite from yesterday … USAToday headline – “Peter Strzok, FBI agent removed from Robert Mueller's Russia probe, called Trump an 'idiot'”

Talk about playing to your audience! USAToday goes to great lengths to cover the text messages in which Strzok and his mistress call the president an “idiot”, a “loathsome human” and was “awful” but fail to mention the ominous texts in which they decided “we have to do something!”

The Pulitzer Prize aspect of the story is that Agent Strzok was probably leaking information to the media; he probably is responsible for changing the outcome of an FBI investigation into a political ally, Hillary Clinton; and he probably was instrumental in the initiation of the Trump Russia Conspiracy probe, via the Steele Dossier and FISA warrants.

Or how about “Lois Lerner wants IRS testimony sealed forever, fearing death threats” after the Justice Department announced it had entered into settlements with the Tea Party groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the IRS dating back to 2013, “based solely on their viewpoint or ideology.” … not seeing much about that!

For those of you that are not financially dependent on the liberal agenda, take some time to compare and contrast FOX or One American News with the other mainstream media sources just for a couple of days ... you will be amazed at the difference in content and the outrageous bias or outright liberal lunacy they display.

As Journalists you have shot yourselves in the foot with your own bias ... live with it or change!

Steve King 5 months, 1 week ago

"...weaponizing departments..." Oh boy, somebody's Tin Foil Hat is a little too tight.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

This is from CNN ... they had to cover it after it hit the national news circuit

Justice Department released hundreds of messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were romantically involved and at one point worked on Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office - that there’s no way he gets elected - but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.” ("Andy" = FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe)

As the former No. 2 official in counterintelligence, Strzok helped lead the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server and was involved in opening the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, but he was reassigned to the human resources division this summer (after the text message bias was discovered). Page was also briefly on Mueller's team before returning to the FBI, but she completed her detail before the special counsel's office was made aware of the texts.

FBI high echelon working on a Insurance Policy against a Trump Presidency ... should be worrisome to everybody.

Go back to your video games Steve ... the adults are talking!

Bob Summers 5 months, 1 week ago

I like the fake news from NPR and PBS.

Especially from the long list of guys that sexually harass the females that work at these sophisticated outfits.

Charlie Rose and Garrison Keillor are my favorites.

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

And how does Charlie Rose's despicable behavior change the nature of the information he provided viewers in his interviews? Hypocrite? Yes. Sexual predator? Sounds like it. But the interviews of important political and other governmental figures were not turned into "fake news" by his despicable behavior off-camera.

And Garrison Keillor? His Prairie Home Companion "news" was EXPLICITLY imaginary news about an imaginary town! To say that his program was "fake news" belies your basic misunderstanding of what "fake news" is! How does his indiscretions turn his imaginary news into "fake news?"

Thanks for another fine example of what "fake news" really is all about through your example, Bob: making a false statement that upon closer examination makes no sense at all, but accomplishes its goal by placing a vague doubt in the uncritical reader's mind about the intended target.

Jim Phillips 5 months, 1 week ago

I find it amusing that a "newspaper" that refuses to print anything negative about the Democrat Party prints an article that claims that the allegations of "fake new" are fake.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

Let’s see if this is covered in LJW or USAToday tomorrow … seems pretty important to me!

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, released copies Thursday of the edits to Comey’s highly scrutinized statement clearing HRC on email server "issue". Note these edits to Director Comey’s public statement were MADE MONTHS PRIOR (2MAY16) to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s conduct and a month before the FBI even interviewed HRC and 16 of her hench-people about the server!

FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times before his (20JUL16) public announcement, in ways that seemed to considerably water down the bureau’s findings.

Edit (1) - One showed language was changed to describe the actions of Clinton and her colleagues as “extremely careless” as opposed to “grossly negligent.” This is a key legal distinction as the original “could be read as a finding of criminality in Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified material.” The edited statement deleted the reference to gross negligence – a legal threshold for mishandling classified material – and instead replaced it with an exculpatory sentence.

Edit (2) - The edits also showed that references to specific potential violations of statutes on “gross negligence” of classified information and “misdemeanor handling” were removed.

Edit (3) - The original also said it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account. That was later changed to say that scenario was merely “possible.”

Edit (4) – Comey’s final statement also removed a reference to the “sheer volume” of classified information.

Sen. Ron Johnson went on to say … “This effort, seen in light of the personal animus toward then-candidate Trump by senior FBI agents leading the Clinton investigation and their apparent desire to create an ‘insurance policy’ against Mr. Trump’s election, raise profound questions about the FBI’s role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election and the role of the same agents in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation by President Trump.”

Jim Phillips 5 months, 1 week ago

Don't hold your breath, Gary. I was unable to find ANY story in the LJW about the Clinton e-mail investigation between the Democrat Convention and the election last year. Guess they didn't have room for it with all of the Trump bashing.

Bob Smith 5 months, 1 week ago

LJW, all the news that fits the narrative....

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

Jim, this is the problem with the whole "fake news" charges. Out of curiosity, I spent 5 minutes doing a search using your criteria and found the following:


LJW, Jul 9, 2016 - Clinton either sent or received 110 emails in 52 chains containing material that was classified at the time. Eight of these chains contained information that was top secret. A few of the classified emails were so marked, contrary to Clinton's assertion that there were none. These were stored on a home server that was even less ..."

LJW, Aug 5, 2016 - White House press secretary Josh Earnest expressed full confidence Thursday in Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's ability to keep classified material secret, despite an FBI investigation into her use of an unsanctioned private email server where she received now-classified emails. But he stopped short of giving Trump ..."

Lawrence Journal-World 10-12-2016 - Issuu

LJW, Oct 11, 2016 - Another batch of Hillary Clinton's campaign communication emails have been released by WikiLeaks. emails includes one from Clinton confidante Neera Tanden in August 2015 suggesting the candidate turn her email server over to a third party. That was well after the Justice Department had initiated an investigation...."

And I'm not including the LTEs and myriad comments in the search, of which there are many. So many of the "fake news" charges such as yours are poorly researched and don't hold up to real scrutiny, which doesn't seem to matter since it introduces doubt into the minds of those who don't take the time to examine the reality. So thanks for providing a perfect example of what real "fake news" is all about.

Tom Weiss 5 months, 1 week ago

There are profound questions about the FBI's role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election, especially about Comey's releasing damaging information about Clinton just prior to the election! So the FBI interfered to help Trump get elected.

Hats off to the LJW for trying to explain where fake news is really coming from. All local newspapers should reprint this editorial.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

" Comey's releasing damaging information "

As you may recall, much of the country was reeling about the FBI's (Comey) findings in the initial Sever "Issue" (investigation). When it came out that more potentially classified Clinton emails were discovered on Huma Abedin's personal computer (Weiner Sexting Scandle) Comey had no choice but to address the voters and, once again, clear HRC.

I suspect you do not understand the seriousness of the "issue" ... if you were a hard working civil servant who had access to Top Secret (SCI) information as part of your job ... and you made a copy of a single page to study at home ... and you transported it in a locked briefcase .... stored it in a locked filing cabinet ... in your locked office your locked home ... and you were discovered ... you would be writing LJW from Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary!

Michael Kort 5 months, 1 week ago do you explain the fact that Comey kept the Email story about Hillary Clinton alive and well until the bitter end of the election, bring it up again and separately again ?............did the Russians just keep feeding Comey enough fresh stuff to keep the story alive ?

And who but the fake media failed to question Comey about where his leads were coming from ?

And how do you explain Trump's own "Russia are you listening' remarks about the so called missing 30,000 Emails ? that Trump asked the Russians to find from on stage live ? and to release ? during a video taped campaign appearance ?

NO..............why would anyone suspect that Trump was colluding with the RUSSIANS to win the election ?.............ASKING FOR ELECTION HELP FROM RUSSIA LIVE ON TV ? ? ?......He must have lost Putin's phone number ?


There are Hats made of Tin........ and then their are Blinders made of TIN !

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

"explain the fact that Comey kept the Email story about Hillary Clinton alive"

You will get the answer pretty soon ... here is a preview: Comey, Mcabe, Strzok (and probably several other) FBI upper level managers conspired to clear Clinton with the absolute expectation that she would be the next President. When the Weiner Sexting Scandle broke, the fact that thousands of Clinton/Abedin emails were found on a shared personal computer would have been a "loose end" that disgruntled REPs would have demanded another investigation. They backed the wrong horse ... and will pay with their reputations (at a minimum).

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

Gary, Have you ever considered that the potentially criminally liable language used to describe the emails was edited and watered down because Comey and his colleagues didn't consider that the evidence would hold up for criminal prosecution? If you think that Comey purposely backed off the language in order to protect HRC during the political campaign, then how do you explain Comey's actions in the final weeks of the campaign, calling into question as to whether new information incriminating HRC had surfaced, and after the damage was done, retracting that statement? That makes no sense. And Trump's warning to Comey to back off is a way more serious charge if it is confirmed.

Folks complain about the Dems not getting over the fact that Trump won the election, and yet so many Trump supporters keep perseverating over the Clinton emails like that is a "lock her up" type of offense. Get over it, already! Put your energy into constructive, positive efforts to build up our political system instead of obsessing over retribution-based, thin-skinned partisan backfighting. Our political parties have forgotten how to work together in a meaningful way, with both parties most proud when they have managed to shove down the throats of the American people legislation that is not "tainted" by votes from the other side of the aisle. That, in my opinion, is way more serious of a charge than using a private server for secure public communication, and is a far greater threat to the legislative and executive branches of our government.

I'm cautiously optimistic that the newly elected Senator Jones from Alabama has stated that bipartisan politics is the overwhelmingly most important outcome that Alabamans want to see, and I hope that both parties begin to line up behind that message.

Do I expect that you and other republicans will walk away from the email server? No, any more than I expect those concerned about the Russian interference in the election to be dropped. But using a private server in the past does not loom as an issue that threatens our democracy in the future nearly to the extent that foreign meddling in our election does. That's why getting rid of the private server, accompanied by an apology from HRC is an adequate response, not jail, while accepting foreign assistance in spreading mud about your opponent is definitely a jailable offense.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

" Have you ever considered ... Comey and his colleagues didn't consider that the evidence would hold up for criminal prosecution?"

Not for a second ... and neither did anyone else who has worked in the nation's security environment. Read my comment on Top Secret (SCI) above. I worked with this stuff since 1965 and have seen lives destroyed for so much less.

What about destruction of 33,000 emails? No doubt in my mind that any classified (or politically embarrassing) emails originated by HRC and sent to non-government systems were trashed along with her emails on "yoga classes" ... couldn't do that with emails sent to her sever from government systems as.a permanent copy would exist on the government side.

Look at those edits (above) .... despite his decision not to prosecute, the original would have had HRC in an Orange Jump suit ... especially “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account. That was later changed to say that scenario was merely “possible.”

Despite the lack of main stream media coverage (yet) on this "issue", I am betting that the Clinton/FBI scandal will replace the Watergate scandal, as the "greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics".

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

I re-read your Top Secret (SCI) and no, I absolutely do not see the demons you seem to be hopping around saying are clear and present. Comey also reviewed the Weiner laptop and concluded the same thing. If the 33,000 emails had damaging state secrets that were released, and they were sent/received to/from someone I find it very curious that no such critters have shown up. After all, even if they were sent from or received on a private server, if they were state secrets, there would be a record of them that the FBI would have access to.

Once again, you are all upset about the downward revision of the criminal intent charges that occurred before the report was released and my question to you is when do you think that would happen: after the release??? You have absolutely no evidence that Comey downscaled the language for no other reason than the language was too strong to match the evidence. If you can show otherwise, by all means make the case.

And your email server scandal being the most sensational scandal in the history of American politics shows a profound lack of imagination on your part, Gary. If Trump survives all 4 years of his term, I suspect he will probably be the proud owner of at least a couple of the top 5, maybe 3.

Scott Burkhart 5 months, 1 week ago

Ken, I would like to add that then Director Comey alluded to the absence of intent. Thereby making the statement that no prosecutor would attempt to prosecute a case like this. First, the the lesser violations of the espionage laws do not mention intent. I know, I had to read them and sign off on them every time I changed duty stations in the Navy. What's more, we were trained on them regularly. Second, the mere establishing of a server outside of the government channels specifically points to intent. The intent is to avoid government oversight of her communications. To top it all, she destroys 33,000 emails after they are subpoenaed by Congress. There is no defending any of this but the main stream media did just that and covered for it as well. These hard working journalists that this editorial likes to point to were mainly a bunch of sheep, too lazy or afraid to any investigative work at all. They were fed stories to support a narrative and they passed those easy pickings on as news. As it turns out it was all "fake news."

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

I find it fascinating that you are focusing on the theoretical role of absence of intent as a factor between Comey not pursuing Clinton's email server, when the real issue for intent with Comey is how Trump singled him out to not pursue Flynn with an investigation. Despite your exposition about how Comey's hands were tied with Clinton, the really big issue with Comey was his being confronted by Trump to what amounts to an intent to obstruct the justice process in investigating Flynn, which is WAY more concerning and clearly an impeachable offense in my book.

If Clinton's email server and self-selected deletion of 33,000 email was such a criminal action, does that mean that the Bush Administration's deletion of literally millions of emails was also criminal, especially since it had already been decided that emails were official government documents? How about Governors Christy, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker and Senator Marco Rubio all using private email addresses/servers for government business? Or how Secretary of State Kerry was the FIRST Secretary of State who did NOT use private email/servers for official business? It's hard to prove intent in this context, Scott, for good reason: this was widely practiced. Wise? No. Criminal? No.

Michael Kort 5 months, 1 week ago

Here is a simple question .

How long will it take for the Chinese to .....A) notice what Putin just got for his not too $ expensive US election meddaling efforts ? ? ?....... and .......B) decide to run their own Chinese backed "media horse presidential candidate ", in the next American Presidential Election ? ? ?

After all, there is much at stake $ for the Chinese, economically;..........nor are the Chinese stupid........or slow,..... ...and Putin's success must be seen as a challenge to themselves and their own reach as a national power .

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

Don't you think we should all expect that numerous outside agencies have (and will) spread misinformation, confusion and seed doubt to the best of their abilities.

They don't need to do it in a manner that favors a single candidate ... if their activities pit one half of the nation against the other, the outside activity wins!

I don't believe Putin cared if Trump or Clinton won ... as long as half of the country is attracting the elected President and half of Congress is involved in investigations, the USA can't do much to influence world issues or thwart Russian or Chinese objectives .

Bob Smith 5 months, 1 week ago

Shiny ..... side ..... out ...... Michael......

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

Peter Strzok text to mistress says he went to a Walmart in southern Virginia and he could “SMELL the Trump support.…”

Any of you Walmart shoppers want to get a clear picture of the plot to clear HRC and bring down President Trump? See::

Richard Aronoff 5 months, 1 week ago

What geniuses on the LJW editorial staff wrote this garbage?

Did they miss this in the Washington Post:

Did they miss the fact that three CNN reporters were forced to resign because of a false report that had to be retracted? Did they bother to check how many stories CNN retracted in the last eighteen months?

How about Brian Ross being suspended by ABC for rushing a report onto the air about Trump, Flynn and Russia that had to be retracted later the same day: No worries. The stock market dropped over 300 points on the false report and anyone dumb enough to have sold on the news lost money.

And let's not forget that Trump, Jr. had prior access to the DNC emails from Wikileaks before Wikileaks released them to the press. Oh.......wait! He got them ten days AFTER the information was published in the so-called main stream media.

NBC, MSNBC and CBS are all members of the retraction club. And your editorial doesn't mention any of these examples. Your Trump Derangement Syndrome is showing.

Ken Lassman 5 months, 1 week ago

I find it distressing when a news story is rushed to be released only to have it retracted later and have the person who didn't do their homework redressed or fired, because in the back of my mind this can be interpreted as some higher-up didn't review the reporter's sources adequately, thinking more about the number of eyes drawn to their ratings more than the veracity of the "news." Has every major news supplier done this? Yes. Is the problem worse today than ever? I don't know, honestly, do you? I certainly know that the Breitbarts and even Foxes of the world are afflicted with this bug at least as much as the "mainstream media" which they are so quick to critique as having a bias. And when you have a president that leaves his own staff scratching their collective heads about how he got the ideas he tweets, it doesn't help.

I think media bias has probably gotten more sophisticated over time, with more layers of "verification" needed due to the ease at which these layers can be constructed out of thin air. But the rewards for being first with a "breaking news" story have probably gotten greater too. Even further, the ability to deny a story's veracity has become easier as well, with spin doctors ready to pull off the shelf a whole host of denial tools that sound very credible and only once the furor has passed does the truth of the story re-emerge. And that's where I put your Trump Derangement Syndrome charge, Richard.

I'm not saying that we shouldn't be questioning contemporary media's unquenchable thirst for being first and publishing what people want to hear. But just like modern warfare, the tools of the trade on all sides have become way more sophisticated and work on all kinds of levels never before imagined, so it's difficult to sometimes locate the front lines of truth or what relationship that front line has to the overall campaign.

I do know that playing like the news is like the clear battle lines of the Axis and Allied forces, between bad and good, is mostly just another layer of propaganda used to reinforce the troops on the ground and does a disservice to the real nature of what's going on, what's at stake, and lessens the probability of finding real solutions to create a more inclusive, productive society.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

Today's embarrassment ...

The General Services Administration historically provides the incoming President's transition team with office space and hosted its email servers.

Today we find out that the GSA Deep State employees (Obama's holdovers) turned over “tens of thousands of emails” as well as certain laptops and cell phones containing privileged materials to special counsel’s Mueller's office. Can you imagine what would have happened if Obama's transition team info had been made available to anyone?

Recall the FBI had identified 13 different mobile devices which may have been used by Clinton to send emails from her personal address – plus two iPads – but none of the devices were produced when the FBI requested them from Clinton’s law firm. A staffer reportedly told investigators that he personally destroyed two mobile devices, “by breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer.”

Nothing on major news network about this violation of 4th Amendment ... they were focused on " lack of diversity in Trump White house" and "Word banning at CDC".

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 months, 1 week ago

"Today we find out that the GSA Deep State employees (Obama's holdovers) turned over “tens of thousands of emails” as well as certain laptops and cell phones containing privileged materials to special counsel’s Mueller's office." Say no more. Go ahead and listen to the conspiracy theorists. You obviously have no Idea what it means to serve this country. How dare you question the integrity of people who work for our best interest. They do not do it for the Big Paycheck. They do it because they actually care about this country and even people like you who question their motives. You have no sense of decency or any sense of Duty to anyone other than your self. You make a great Republican!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months ago

When Trump was elected he became a public servant. That office space and email servers are paid with our tax dollars. Just like your employer has the right to see your business emails that he/she provides for you, so do we. You forget We the People are Trump's boss, not the other way around. He needs to know his place, or go back to being a reality star.

Steve King 5 months, 1 week ago

Yo Gary. Can you say "public record"? You do know they were advised using the GSA platform there would be no access restrictions? A Red Herring. What are you and Trump afraid Muller will find? If innocent why not let the investigation continue and prove your innocent. But to supress, deflect and defame...somebody is guilty. Somebody is afraid the truth will come out. Sad some people can't/won't see it.

Michael Kort 5 months, 1 week ago

SO, is it Obama's fault that Trump has not filled.....has been slow as He......Double filling his administrative positions all over the government becaus he is a wreck less president ?..........leaving tons of replaceable " imaginary " Obama Deep Staters,..... in place ? ? ?

I know......Obama and HRC have been controlling poor Donald with a Psychic Ouija Board so that poor Donald makes bad choices like not filling his own political positions ? !

I guess the whole deep stater stories, are one way to explain a failure to govern done in plain sight, by Trump, held out in plain sight, as a different thing, for everyone to not see the obvious !

Yes, there is a deep state that is keeping Trump from his presidential duties but it is mostly in between Donalds ears .

Steve Hicks 5 months, 1 week ago

Gary, Richard, don't you realize everyone's heard your "opinions" before, loudly and incessantly, from Trump's own lips ?

Take it as a general observation, not personal: when we've already know what the ventriloquist says in his act, we know what his dummy is going to say.

Gary Stussie 5 months, 1 week ago

Yo Gary. Can you say "public record"?

Yo Steve ...Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) - "The GSA did not have “authority” over transition documents. He said that the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 gave the GSA a prominent role in the transition process, but that it “acts merely as a facilitator of office space, supplies and services.”

“The National Archives and Records Administration considers records of the presidential transition team to be private records – not federal or presidential records," Johnson said. "GSA does not have authority over the transition’s operations, its employees or its records.”

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months ago

Wow. ABC is going to become the enemy of Trump/Putin. Ddi anyone stay up to watch Nightline? This is what Trump admires of Putin's power

Steve Hicks 5 months ago

I'd also recommend PBS' "Frontline" two-parter (the last two weeks), which goes a long way to explaining what Putin's about, how he thinks, and why he does the things he does.

Informative, well-sourced, well-researched reporting. You know: the usual "liberal media" stuff.

Michael Kort 5 months ago

So, how is Trump's peace in the Middle East going since Donald decided to move our US embassy to Jerusalem ?

And how about the UN resolution against that Jerusalem embassy move, where even our NATO Alies voted against us with hardly any countries supporting Trump's brain child idea, beyond a handful of nations who are heavily dependent apon the US for $ support ?..........why, it must all be Fake News !

And so Trump comes out swinging and threatens to not forget those nations who voted against his idea at the UN ( in the future ),.......those nations...... like our NATO Allies ! ?......more Fake News ! ?

Putin has got to love that one !

Gee,.......maybe our NATO Allies can just jump ship ..........and form a new alliance with China ?.......or come up with their own "new and improved NATO Hitler Person" ! ! !

We know that Donald is frustrated because he can't get rid of Robert Muller and Jeff Sessions and Flynn has cut a deal and is "ratting him out" why not go after the rest of the world ? ! .........that sounds like a winner of an idea ! ! !

Gary Stussie 5 months ago

In case you have not noticed, their are some really bad actors in this world.

My observation - President Obama and his "Apology Tour" did essentially nothing to improve the position of this country or add stability anywhere in the world. His globalization strategy is about 300 years ahead of its time.

My belief - Unfortunately, we are still at the "Walk softly and carry a big stick" point in history. Give the man a break! The only thing 60% of these NATO countries understand is military strength and money!

BTW ... It seems to me that hoping for the President to fail is a lot like taking a plane trip and hoping for the plane to crash.

Steve Hicks 5 months ago

Depends on whether you think the president is "the country," or the people are.

If the latter, and a president wants to do bad things to "the country"...removing healthcare for millions of people, for example, or making billionaires richer by putting "the country" deeper in debt...any rational person would hope the president fails.

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