Media beclown themselves with yet another bogus Russian conspiracy theory

The greatest threat to the press’ credibility is the press.

Consider, for example, the extra-absurd and bogus viral narrative created Tuesday by Mic Senior Political Reporter Emily Singer.

Singer found a Getty Images picture from May 2017 showing Trump meeting in the Oval Office with a delegation of Russian officials, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. If you look at the photo carefully, you can see White House National Security Council staffer Cari Lutkins huddled in the back.

This is where things take a turn for the stupid.

On Monday, the Justice Department announced charges against Russian national Maria Butina, who they say conspired against the U.S. as a secret agent.

Butina has red hair. Lutkins also has red hair. This shared trait was enough for Singer, who tweeted the Getty picture Tuesday morning with the accompanying caption: “I thought this was a photoshop, but it's not. This is Maria Butina — arrested for being a Russian spy — in the Oval Office with Trump.”

Her unverified allegation, which was based entirely on the fact that the two women have red hair, was rewarded immediately with more than 1,500 retweets. Politicos and pundits soon jumped on board, eager to share what was clearly not true.

“Lucky for Trump he didn’t accidentally spill any noteworthy intel this time he brought a Russian spy into the Oval Office,” Vox co-founder Matt Yglesias tweeted.

Clinton devotee Peter Daou said elsewhere in a tweet that has been shared by more than 1,200 social media users, “This is truly unbelievable. A photo of #MariaButina, charged Russian spy, in the Oval Office has been making the rounds. Has it been verified?”

Good thing he asked a question. People might get the wrong idea.

“Fortunately, the House Intelligence Committee it's [sic] going to be too busy with Peter Strozk's text messages to his girlfriend to investigate how a Russia spy got into the Oval Office. I feel safer already,” said Republican strategist and CNN and MSNBC regular Rick Wilson.

Columnist Paul Brandus added elsewhe

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New York Daily News Scorches ‘Treason’ Trump With Brutal New Cover

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The president sparked outrage when he refused to publicly condemn Russian leader Vladimir Putin for Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

The New York Daily News hammered President Donald Trump with its Tuesday cover, suggesting that his refusal to publicly condemn Russian leader Vladimir Putin was treason.

During a news conference Monday in Helsinki, Finland, Trump would not blame Russia or Putin for interference in the 2016 U.S. election, saying “we’re all to blame” for poor relations between the two countries. U.S. intelligence and government officials have concluded that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

So the New York Daily News reacted to Trump’s remarks with a brutal illustration and headline, accusing the president of siding with an enemy over his own country. The illustration alluded to a statement Trump made during his presidential campaign that he could shoot someone on New York’s Fifth Avenue and not lose voters.

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.@realdonaldtrump derides reports with which he disagrees as “fake news,” then buys the Russian narrative hook, line, sinker, pole and boat. 

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Trump’s comments after his meeting with Putin sparked outrage Monday, with even Republican leaders and Fox News hosts slamming the president. 

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, “No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectl

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Choke On It Democrats Unemployment Heading For A 50-Year Low Under Trump

What’s that? Unemployment is about to hit a record low. Yes, it is. Ever since President Donald J. Trump signed major tax reform legislation into law, the economy has been booming. Strong job growth, rising wages, and three million jobs created since Trump was sworn into office. There are now more jobs than there are job seekers. Over three million workers from over 250 companies have been given bonus checks averaging $1,000 or more. Guy has a lengthy post detailing the strong retail sales report from June, along with another company, Mack Molding, announcing a $5.4 million expansion that will create another 100 jobs thanks to the tax reform bill. Oh, and hiring in America is at an 11-year high. And to add another bit of positive news, unemployment could hit a 50-year low under Trump (via WSJ):

Economists expect the low U.S. unemployment rate to go even lower over the next year, reaching levels not seen in a half-century.

Private-sector economic forecasters surveyed in recent days by The Wall Street Journal on average saw the jobless rate—4% in June after touching 3.8% in May—falling to 3.7% by the end of 2018 and 3.6% by mid-2019.

“Right now, the drivers for the labor market are for a lower unemployment rate,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group.

“We will see a bit stronger demand because of tax cuts and federal spending increases this year and into 2019, so businesses will be hiring,” he said

May’s 3.8% unemployment rate was the lowest since April 2000, when the jobless rate was also 3.8%. It hasn’t been below that level since December 1969, when it was 3.5%.

Second quarter economic growth is projected to hit four percent. Black unemployment has reached a historic low as well under Trump. When liberals and Never Trump Republicans wonder why the party is behind this man, it’s because his agenda, which gives conservatives almost everything they want, has generated a booming economy. So far, the experts agree that the Trump economy is unstoppable. Yet, this economic powerhouse could end if Democrats retake Congress. 



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Is Trump worth it From Supreme Court to Putin a week of whiplash for skeptical conservatives

For conflicted conservatives, the past two weeks may have brought on a case of Trump-induced whiplash.

One week, the president is taking promising steps to steer the Supreme Court in a favorable direction. The next week, he's face-planting in an enormously consequential public appearance with Vladimir Putin.

The close timing of Trump's Supreme Court pick and disastrous press conference with Putin — separated by one week—raises the persistent question for a cohort of more cautious conservatives: Is Trump a net positive or a net negative?

Is the administration's conservative governance — manifest in tax cuts, the rollback of the administrative state, and federal judicial nominations — worth the risks? Is it worth damaging America's standing on the world stage? Foreign policy is only one point in the broader calculus, but it's obviously significant on its own.

Heading into November 2016, both the Supreme Court and foreign policy loomed large in the minds of Republican voters. When it comes to the Supreme Court, Trump is now likely to have two solid justices confirmed by the time of his re-election. But his performance in Helsinki on Monday earned Trump few defenders on the Right. The question for conservatives who approach Trump with either cautious approval or disapproval, then, is whether the impacts of the bad presser and other foreign policy blunders are outweighed by the president's conservative successes.

This Monday-to-Monday time lapse probably has people in that cohort (which I generally believe to be underestimated) revisiting their cost-benefit-analyses.


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