Last night the New York Times released a “bombshell” story claiming that in his upcoming book, John Bolton confirms that Trump talked about linking Ukraine aid to investigations. Funny how this “bombshell” just happened to be timed on a Sunday night before the Senate trial picks up again. Such a coincidence and totally not planned.
If this all sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because we’ve seen this strategy before. The Democrat handmaids in the media timing “bombshell” stories to help advance the cause of the ResistanceLOL while influencing Senators.
It’s exactly what they tried during the Kavanaugh confirmation.
A leak based on hearsay and light on facts that conveniently advances a desperately-needed narrative just when Democrats think all is lost.
When Christine Blasey Ford’s vague, unsubstantiated accusation failed to take out Brett Kavanaugh, suddenly a bunch of even vaguer, less substantiated accusations just happened to make the news.
And just like that, Democrats were demanding that all these new accusers be called as “witnesses” to further delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation while throwing more mud on the man’s character and reputation.
Democrats and their media handmaids keep using the same strategy over and over expecting different results — something Mollie Hemingway saw coming over a week ago.
While it’s true that this NYT “bombshell” has the benefit of causing a hair-on-fire stink both on social media and on cable news, that isn’t the primary purpose of publishing it.
No. The real purpose of this “bombshell” story is to reach a target audience of four – namely four Republican Senators (Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and one more squishy Republican like Cory Gardner or Ben Sasse).
That’s it. Those are the only people the New York Times is hoping to reach.
The objective of this story isn’t “news.” It’s to influence the impeachment jury and get four Republicans to vote in favor of calling Michael Bolton as a “witness.”
And, as if to confirm my theory, last night Chuck Schumer tweeted this:
At the end of the day, this “bombshell” will be just another dud. You know, just like the “bombshell” BuzzFeed story last year about Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie in his testimony before the House.
For one thing, the New York Times does not appear to actually have the book manuscript. Instead, they are reporting on what “multiple people described of Mr. Bolton’s account of the Ukraine affair.”
In other words, like with most of the shampeachment “witnesses,” the report is based what other people say someone said.
But even this report based on “multiple people” doesn’t claim that President Trump actually withheld the aid until Ukraine agreed to investigate the 2016 election interference or Hunter Biden/Burisma.
Of course it doesn’t. Because he didn’t.
Also, read even more closely, note the word “preferred” here. That Trump “preferred” that Ukraine do something is far different than saying, as Dems allege, that Trump *conditioned* it. I don’t think Bolton is helping Dems here (what a shocker, I know). pic.twitter.com/Wi4iDJBZK0— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) January 27, 2020
But the NYT’s objective here is the buzz, not the facts.
They are banking on most people not bothering to actually read the article. That’s why the headline isn’t supported by the article itself.
Fortunately for the New York Times, there are enough idiots who will stupidly read the headline and rush to make pronouncements that are not supported by what the article actually says.
Idiots like Schiff super-fan, Jennifer Rubin.
“Evidence.” Sure, Jen.
Because the hope is that the buzz alone, loudly repeated on every cable news outlet and newspaper, will be enough to sway four Republicans to do what Adam Schiff wants them to do.
The Times’ itself gives away the plan in the article:
The Senate impeachment trial could end as early as Friday without witness testimony. Democrats in both the House and Senate have pressed for weeks to include any new witnesses and documents that did not surface during the House impeachment hearings to be fair, focusing on persuading the handful of Republican senators they would need to join them to succeed.
But a week into the trial, most lawmakers say the chances of 51 senators agreeing to call witnesses are dwindling, not growing.
Oh, noes! The chances are dwindling! Quick, let’s publish a “bombshell” report in hopes we can turn that around!!!
As Jesse Kelly often says on Twitter, “None of what you see is real.”
And this “bombshell” isn’t what it appears to be. It doesn’t change the facts. But it isn’t supposed to change the facts. It’s supposed to influence the jury.
Like every other dud of a story, this will sputter out like a wet fart.
And don’t doubt me. The New York Times knows it will sputter out.
Their hope is that the sputter doesn’t happen until after four Republicans change their minds.
I told you so…
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