How dishonest are mainstream media about Donald Trump? Here is an indication for you: read the following exchange between ABC Tv’s Jonathan Karl and Trump spokesperson Jay Sekulow – then, Karl’s first comment to representative Adam Schiff (D-CA). The bold print tells the tale:
JON KARL: One last question. Senator Warner says he is concerned that the President will issue pardons to the key figures in this investigation. Will the President rule out giving pardons to people like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, any others that are in this investigation?
JAY SEKULOW: I have not had the conversation with the President about any of that. And I wouldn’t share it if I did because of the attorney-client privilege. But I have not had that conversation with the President on that or what he could or would not do. He can pardon, individuals, because the founders of our country put that in the United States Constitution: the power to pardon. But I have not had those conversations, so I couldn’t speculate on that.
KARL: So, pardoning the key figures in this investigation is not off the table? It’s something he might do?
SEKULOW: I just told you, no– I can’t say that. The President told me, in conversations that I have had with him about a variety of issues. But we have not talked about pardoning individuals in this at all. You’re asking me to speculate on something I cannot speculate on.
KARL: All right, Jay Sekulow of the President’s legal team, thank you for joining us.
SEKULOW: Thanks for having me, Jon.
KARL: I’m joined now by Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Congressman Schiff, you’ve just heard the issue of pardons—he is not ruling out that the President could issue pardons to the key figures in this investigation.”
Sekulow tells Karl twice, in so many words,, that he has no ability to talk about pardons. And twice, once to Sekulow’s face and then to Adam Schiff, who is delighted to pick up on it, he puts words in Sekulow’s mouth that he absolutely, positively did not say.
I couldn’t make it clearer if I tried.
This is what President Trump is up against, and why I, who neither supported nor voted for him, find myself constantly defending him.
Karl and his likeminded pals may think they are journalists, but they are not. They are paid propagandists.
If they had any shame, they would be ashamed of themselves.
But they don’t appear to, do they?