Washington Post broke the “news” on Monday that President Donald Trump “revealed highly classified” information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during their recent visit to the White House.
In part the Post claims:
“President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.”
The information was immediately refuted in a press conference by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster who described the Post story as “false.”
“The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation,” McMaster said. “At no time, at no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”
“I was in the room. It didn’t happen.”
And perhaps that’s part of the Post’s problem. They wanted to be in the room but weren’t invited. Feeling a little uninvited to the party WaPo?
Two others in the Trump administration also indicated that the Post’s statements were untrue.
Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied the Post’s accusations.
After falling short in it’s original accusations, the Post issued another article, this time on McMaster’s press conference.
This time the Post set about dissecting every word McMaster spoke during the briefing and followed up by claiming that they never accused Trump of what McMaster was refuting.
Change the narrative to throw the focus off of the their media bias, perhaps?
The Post’s new headline read, “The White House isn’t denying that Trump gave Russia classified information — not really.”
Oh, yes, Washington Post, that’s exactly what the White House did do.
Twitter wasn’t happy with the Post’s attempts at back peddling either, with some calling for Washington Post’s press credentials to be canceled:
Others labeled the Post as fake news.
"The story that came out tonight as reported is FALSE…I was in the room, it didn’t happen." – H.R. McMaster
— Vote Trump Pics (@VoteTrumpPics) May 16, 2017
Sean Hannity couldn’t resist exposing what he believes is the Post’s “media bias” in trying to destroy Trump through a biased agenda:
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 16, 2017
And finally, the Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals” playbook may have been used when the Post put together their latest accusations to convince the American public that what their saying is factual even if they don’t have “facts” to back it up: that if they hear the “Russian” narrative enough times they will eventually believe it to be true, even if there are no facts to support it:
1. Put out fake news
2. Gets corrected
3. Ppl still believe it. Damage done.
Dems outraged over nothing. Shut up! #WaPo
— Mike Doughty (@realmikedoughty) May 16, 2017
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