Look at the news cycle over the last three weeks. Every third day we see a news story alleging President Trump or his administration has committed a heinous act, only to be debunked 24 hours later.
The headline, however, sticks while the subsequent denial gets very little play.
Case in point, Trump’s dealings with new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Now according to a whistleblower — reportedly ex-Deputy Director of National Intelligence Susan M. Gordon — Trump allegedly pressured Zelensky to reopen a closed probe into Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter and their inside dealings with an energy company.
Well 24 hours later there is no first-hand knowledge of the conversation between the two leaders and the story is quietly dropped. Dropped so that the Biden’s role in extorting a lucrative deal in exchange for a billion dollars in foreign aid is briefly swept under the rug.
This is not a one off for liberal media. The New York Times’ take down of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was some of the sloppiest writing, which resulted in a 24-hours later Editors’ Note refuting much of the allegations, since the woman who made the allegations could not recall the event.
Then there was the charge that Trump was forcing administration officials to stay at his hotels when traveling. Waiting 24 hours it turns out the the Secret Service has been using Trump properties for overnight stays for many years predating his election.
So ever since Special Counsel Robert Mueller came up blank on his Russian Collusion narrative, the liberal press and Democratic House members have been screaming impeachment with every false revelation thrown against the wall, only to see it did not stick 24 hours later.
What does this mean for the 2020 Presidential Election and the American psyche?
Nothing good at all. Certainly a house divided since almost half the country do not see the corrections or retractions for many of the stories.
I have people I know say that certainlt Trump was guilty in Russian Collusion and obstruction because of the people associated with him were found guilty.
What many don’t know due to their own biases or reliance on left-wing publications is that the crimes committed were process crimes unrelated to the Trump campaign since they occurred before.
Paul Manafort was convicted of eight charges of tax and bank fraud along with other charges all predating 2016 campaign.
Michael Cohen, Trumps attorney, plead to lying to Congress and campaign finance violations.
Lt Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, was charged with a felony count of “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI. And how did the FBI, which at the time of the statements said there was no material difference between his statements on a conversation with Russia’s ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. How did the FBI know Flynn represented the conversation factually? Because they secretly taped the conversation. Thereby spying on a fellow American.
While Flynn was willing to make guilty plea, The federal judge handling the case has refused to this point — 3 years after the agreement — to accept his plea because of the revelations coming out on Obama administration spying on many Trump campaign aides.
I’m not taking their side and saying these men were angels, however when it comes to Trump’s actions he was exonerated of having any obstruction of justice charges in his dealings with these people.
But the drip, drip, drip of negative stories — only to be refuted soon after — has done little to heal the divide.