This is so ridiculous I’m tempted to laugh out loud.
Except it is also the culmination of almost a year of desperately trying to tie Donald Trump’s election campaign to Russia and failing miserably at every turn…but still trying anyway. And that isn’t funny at all.
Excerpted from John Hinderaker’s typically excellent commentary at powerlineblog.com:
The New York Times headlines: “Felix Sater, Trump Associate, Boasted That Moscow Business Deal ‘Will Get Donald Elected.’” Sounds exciting, right? But the story fizzles rapidly.
Felix Sater was a real estate broker who didn’t work for the Trump organization. (Hence the weaselly “Trump associate” headline.) He has, to say the least, a colorful history. But what is the story? Sater sent a couple of emails to Michael Cohen, who did work for the Trump organization as a lawyer. Sater, a Russian immigrant, enthusiastically promoted the idea of a Trump property in Moscow, which he claimed he could deliver.
The Times says there is no indication that Cohen even replied to Sater’s emails. In any event, the Moscow project was investigated briefly and, the Times says, dropped. The Trump organization has properties in 11 countries, and Russia isn’t one of them. So the story is what? A Russian immigrant who didn’t work for Trump had a vision of making Donald Trump look good (and making himself a lot of money) via a business deal with the Russians, which Trump’s people never followed up on. It’s like a joke with no punch line.
This is a story? This is newsworthy?
It has all the import of Trump going to a Korean restaurant, having a plate of tteok-bokki, and being accused of consorting with kim jung-un.
But the awan scandal? The one that involves national security and, I would say, has at least a 50-50 chance of ending Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s career? Barely a word. To Times readers, it didn’t happen.
Unbelieva…..nah, not unbelievable at all. Just another day of the New York Times.
Oh, in case you were wondering, tteok-bokki is a Korean dish consisting of rice cakes, fish cakes and scallions in a sauce that, if made authentically, would heat a small apartment complex.