gargantua wrote: Ned Flanders wrote:
Sorry kids. Duped again.
You should be used to it by now.
Ned's referring to Robert Mueller's office making a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of Buzzfeed's report. No specific accusations, just generally trying to tamp down the frenzy. We know that Michael Cohen lied to Congress but whether his false testimony was suborned by Donald Trump is the real issue. Mueller hasn't made any statement one way or the other.
But in Ned's defense, it may be similar to the entire Dan Rather scenario, where false information was supplied to a news outlet and they ran with it before verifying all of the information. Most of the news organizations reporting on the Buzzfeed article today were very careful to point out that the information had not yet been independently verified, and in many cases it was pointed out that Buzzfeed and this particular journalist had a rather checkered past.
Is it possible that Republican operatives waived this tasty snausage at a reporter hoping to get a story they could use to ridicule the underlying accusations (even if true)? Yeah, that's very possible. Especially considering that Guiliani seemed like his brain and mouth were on different wavelengths for the last few days. I guess it's a form of gaslighting... making us all doubt everything we hear because we're not sure if that ONE THING was perhaps untrue.
In reality, of course, regardless of the veracity of Buzzfeed's reporting, Michael Cohen had little incentive to lie to Congress without
being directed to do so by the President. So there's that.