For the second time in a week, a major news outlet has been caught spinning blatantly false news online, and in both cases, the biased reporting seems meant to smear Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Republicans.
On Wednesday, Yahoo News posted a tweet to its 1.11 million followers that made it look as if Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was mocking accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
In fact, Graham was doing the exact opposite. He actually had said sympathetic words about Ford and criticized an insensitive anti-woman quote from longtime Clinton ally James Carville.
“Sen. Lindsey Graham defends Trump’s mocking of Dr. Ford: ‘Everything he said was factual…this is what you get when you go through a trailer park with a $100 bill,'” Yahoo News posted. “The audience gasps.”
That tweet was without a doubt suggesting that this was a direct quote from Graham, attacking Ford as some sort of trashy trailer park girl who was easily bribed.
Here’s the problem: Yahoo clearly edited the actual quote to remove the key context of what Graham said, and twisted his meaning into the complete reverse of what he meant.
The “trailer park” comment was actually said by far-left Democrat James Carville back in the 1990s when the liberal was attacking Paula Jones, who accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, according to The Washington Post.
It seems Democrats were far less inclined to “believe all women” when it was Bill Clinton being accused — and that was exactly the point that Graham was trying to make by quoting Carville.
During a chat with the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, Senator Graham was asked to comment on a “personal, degrading attack” — those were the totally unbiased interviewer’s words — from President Trump questioning Ford’s testimony.
Graham pushed back, using Carville’s own words.
“Here’s what’s personally degrading: ‘This is what you get when you go through a trailer park with a hundred dollar bill,’” Graham said, quoting what a Democrat said in the 1990s about a female accuser.
Do you see the trick? By removing the context of Graham holding up Carville’s past words as an example of a truly degrading statement, Yahoo flipped his meaning 180 degrees. The Senator was criticizing people who degrade credible female accusers, whether they be Paula Jones or Ford.
“Graham went on to say he believed Ford was ‘treated respectfully’ by the prosecutor who questioned her before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week,” The National Review reported.
In fact, Graham also called out Trump for his recent off-the-cuff comments about Kavanaugh’s accuser.
“So President Trump went through a factual rendition that I didn’t particularly like and I would tell him, ‘Knock it off, you’re not helping,’” the Republican senator scolded.
Other news outlets were forced to acknowledge that Graham was quoting a Democrat, a fact glaringly missing from Yahoo News’ hit job.
“That ‘trailer park’ comment was a reference to a remark made by James Carville, a strategist to former president Bill Clinton,” ABC News affiliate KGO-TV reported.
“Carville made a derogatory remark after Paula Jones accused Clinton of sexually harassing her in a Little Rock hotel room in the 1990’s,” that outlet continued.
Other journalists, including John Iadarola of The Young Turks, posted the same quote-within-a-quote, and falsely claimed that Graham was talking about Blasey Ford when he said it.
In other words, they lied.
Lindsey Graham on Christine Blasey Ford: "This is what happens when you go through a trailer park with a $100 bill."
And on Donald Trump viciously mocking a sexual assault victim: "Everything he said was factually true." pic.twitter.com/ZPJEDJaxjg
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) October 3, 2018
“Lindsey Graham on Christine Blasey Ford: ‘This is what happens when you go through a trailer park with a $100 bill,'” posted Iadarola, with no reference to Carville.
Yahoo News eventually removed their shockingly biased “fake news” post from Twitter, but their replacement post still didn’t admit that Graham was quoting a famous liberal, and not slamming Ford as they implied.
We deleted a tweet that did not accurately reflect the context of Lindsey Graham’s quote in the below video clip. pic.twitter.com/U5ihRhiP27
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) October 3, 2018
The tactic — post borderline slander, then slyly delete the post after the damage is done — is eerily similar to what USA Today recently did to Kavanaugh.
In an inexplicable and downright sleazy Twitter post, the national news outlet implied that the respected judge and family man was a pedophile, despite the fact that not a single hint of that heinous crime has been raised during the recent investigations.
Is it any wonder why people are turning off the mainstream media in droves, and no longer trust so-called unbiased journalists?
Honest reporting means telling the whole story, not selectively editing quotes and then blatantly lying about a person. By doing this, elitist outlets reveal just how stupid they think the American people are, but citizens can see exactly what is happening.
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