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CNN’s Russia Bombshell About Trump Deserves More Than Journalistic Navel-Gazing

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Reprinted with permission from Media Matters for America.

President-elect Donald Trump is dodging serious questions raised by a blockbuster CNN story that top U.S. intelligence officials presented Trump with documents including Russian claims that they have “compromising” information about the president-elect. Instead, he is trying to turn the conversation into a discussion about ethics in political journalism, and some in the press are playing along, helping the president-elect avoid accountability.

Yesterday, CNN reported that intelligence officials had presented information to President Obama and Trump that “Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump” and that “there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.” The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis of 35 pages of memos authored by a British former intelligence officer, which CNN obtained but did not publish.

CNN had not been able to verify the allegations in those memos, which have reportedly been “circulating as far back as last summer,” and the FBI is still reviewing the allegations. But according to CNN, “US intelligence agencies have now checked out the former British intelligence operative and his vast network throughout Europe and find him and his sources to be credible enough to include some of the information in the presentations to the President and President-elect a few days ago.”

Shortly after CNN’s report came out, BuzzFeed published the memos. The site acknowledged that its own reporters had been unable to verify the contents but said it released them anyway “so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”

In their responses, Trump and his allies have either deliberately conflated those two stories — the raw information published by BuzzFeed and the journalism produced by CNN — or focused solely on BuzzFeed in order to sidestep the serious questions raised by CNN’s report.

Last night on Twitter, Trump himself declared the stories “FAKE NEWS” before highlighting an attack on the BuzzFeed story by LifeZette, a fringe website founded by conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that has pushed false conspiracy theories.

Trump’s pick for White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, opened Trump’s press conference today by lashing out at “outrageous and highly irresponsible” BuzzFeed, then falsely suggested that CNN had also published the memos:

Trump’s defense has actually included citing the Kremlin’s denial as evidence that the story isn’t true. And yet, some in the media have followed along, conflating BuzzFeed’s work with CNN’s and focusing on BuzzFeed’s decision to release the memo rather than engaging with the troubling implications of the CNN report.

“Why would BuzzFeed and why would CNN put out these reports that are unsubstantiated and they can’t name a source?” Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus this morning. “Because it’s irresponsible and it’s what’s horrible about politics and what’s happening in America,” Priebus replied. “They should be ashamed of themselves.”

“Right now there’s no story here,” Mika Brzezinski said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “The two outlets [Buzzfeed and CNN] that are actually going with this and releasing it are continuing to make the same mistakes they made in the run-up to this election, which is to let their bias get in the way of actually finding out what the facts are and putting them out there.”

By playing Trump’s game, these media figures are ignoring incredibly important questions that get to the heart of the democratic process.

CNN’s report suggests that top U.S. intelligence officials suspect that a presidential candidate’s associates may have colluded with a foreign, hostile government to influence the election.

It suggests that our officials found allegations about Russian claims of possessing “compromising” information about the president-elect to be valid enough to include in briefing documents.

That information was reportedly delivered to Trump, and given the events of the last day it’s unclear whether he read it.

The president-elect has responded by siding with that hostile foreign government over the apparent concerns of the U.S. intelligence community.

Reporters need to keep their eyes on the ball, and off their navels.

IMAGE: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson



  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

    Another insightful example of what has been called “gaslighting”. Trump has become a leading expert on applying a version of gaslighting by turning the tables on those who call him out for his misbehavior. By deftly and artfully making it seem that those who bring to light his dark deeds are themselves the problem, this tactic buys him some breathing room while he recoups, and then he launches a counter-assault based on fabrications hoping to cower his detractors into submission and give up their investigation.

    One thing’s certain: If “BuzzFeed” had come up with a report, no matter how incredulous, on any of his political opponents, he would be thanking BuzzFeed profusely—“Nice Job!”, “A Goodly and bigly Deed”, ad nauseam.

    1. dbtheonly January 11, 2017

      The other problem is in assuming that Fox “Pravda” is anything more that the propaganda arm of Trump.

      Though, among friends, I see nothing erotic about watching women urinate. Perhaps I got squirted once too often changing diapers, but revolting and embarrassing come to mind more.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

        Ahh, yes—Diapers. Trump could use some I believe.

        1. Dominick Vila January 12, 2017

          Especially if they are used to keep his mouth shut. This guy suffers of diarrhea of the mouth.

  2. Thoughtopsy January 11, 2017

    It’s incredibly funny watching:
    a) Trump protest about how HORRIBLE it is that someone is accusing him of something he says he didn’t do… after all those times he did exactly that to everyone else.
    b) Trump’s barking blonde lapdog hyping up their false outrage at the same… after all the times they mocked, and teased and hinted at fake news about others.
    c) Rince Pubis (sic) positively scandalised that anyone could be hyping and talking about something his candidate supposedly did without CHECKING THE EVIDENCE FIRST and REVEALING ALL THE SOURCES. Off hand I’d mock that with a solid “Benghazi” cake with some “Private Email Server” icing.

    Bonus: When does Trump EVER…. EVER… EVER… reveal where he gets his magical information, or how he has verified that information????
    “People tell me…”
    “I keep hearing…”
    “I know things…”
    “It’s been said….”

    I’ve long said he should be openly accused of pedophilia as abject punishment and a harsh lesson on why you don’t just accuse people of things baselessly in the media.
    Of course that was before I learned that he most likely IS a pedophile, and that in his zero sum world of lazy ignorance and constant lies, there is no chance that a lesson of any sort could sneak in to modify his behaviour.

    It IS funny though.
    Keep it up Buzzfeed/CNN.
    Make him squirm.
    Maybe it will make up, in some small way, for some of the women he’s abused.

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  3. Independent1 January 11, 2017

    Fox News via George Will spread much of the information CNN just released almost 6 months ago – it’s not just CNN. And there’s much more on Trump’s interactions and dealings with the Russians in the article below from redstate.gom.

    See this:

    Why George Will Might Be Right About Vladimir Putin’s Hold Over Donald Trump (VIDEO)

    Fox News contributor George Will says GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will not release his tax returns because they may show “he is deeply involved in dealing with Russia oligarchs.”

    The claim — which Will could not support with any tangible proof — was made to Bret Baier on Fox News’s “Special Report” live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday night.

    “Both the campaign chair and anybody you talk to, including Sen. [Chris] Murphy [D-Conn.] would not go down that road once pressed on the connection between Russia and the Trump campaign,” said Baier. “But they have thrown it out there. George?”

    “Well, it’s the sort of thing we might learn if we saw the candidate’s tax returns,” Will responded. “Perhaps one more reason why we’re not seeing his tax returns — because he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs and others. Whether that’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s probably the reasonable surmise.”

    …At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through administrations of both parties. There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men.

    For more go here:


  4. Dominick Vila January 12, 2017

    The first thing we must remember is that we have the constitutional right to voice our opinions and expose wrongdoing, especially when our national security may be at risk. The fact that Russia has a dossier on Donald Trump is not even worth debating. They had dossiers on every former U.S. President and World leader. What remains to be seen is what kind of information do they have, how are they planning to use it, and whether or not it is true that there was collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian agents or intermediaries.
    Trump may not like what is going up, but he better get used to it. This is part of what it takes to be President. How to deal with issues like this is entirely up to him. He can react like a mature, pragmatic, leader or he can act like an immature, narcissistic, bully like he did yesterday.

    1. plc97477 January 12, 2017

      trump can’t act like a mature, pragmatic, leader. It is not in his dna.

  5. Theodora30 January 12, 2017

    Yesterday Chris Matthews said the intelligence agencies called the accusations “disinformation” which was actually disinformation. Both CNN and today’s NY Times say that the charges were included in the briefing because bothe the British operative and his sources were considered credible by our intelligence agencies, No mention of Russian disinformation.
    This is the same guy who gleefully repeated the claim on numerous occasions that Gore had said he invented the internet even though matthews knew that was false. (I once heard Matthews admit he knew Gore had never made that claim yet He kept bringing it up even after admitting it was false.)

    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

      Twisting the truth is what the right wing nutbaggers do best. They figure if they had to be truthful, reality would be like culture shock to these mentally deformed brains.

      1. Theodora30 January 12, 2017

        Chris Matthews is not a right winger. Remember he got a thrill up his leg listening to Obama. He is just a blowhard with a huge ego who wants to be in with the Kool Kids at DC High. He wants to on the “right” side of issues so he can stay in with the in crowd.

  6. Mama Bear January 12, 2017

    Does anyone remember that Trump is a pedophile? He loves 12 year old girls. Remember the one who came forward, sued him….then got the begingles scared out of her and her family by….oh, I don’t know, the Russian mob maybe? who knows who, but she dropped the suit and ran for the hills.

    1. Godzilla January 12, 2017

      Utter nonsense. This is why your side lost, lie after lie after and you Ma’am are a bad liar

      1. avesraggiana January 12, 2017

        Lie after lie? You must be talking about Donald Trump. He’s on video record clocking in approximately one lie a minute, ever time he opens his mouth.

        1. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

          It’s a matter of court record that the nutbagger who thinks he is sooooooooo big and powerful that he is Godzilla, isn’t man enough to admit. He’ll say his feces is a cream puff if you let him.

      2. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

        Really? Utter nonsense when there are court records to prove that it is on the docket? The young girl Trump molested was threatened by Trump’s fat face, fat gut thugs. Now, she knows she has the rest of US to back her up if he tries to intimidate her again.

        YOur boy is going down….and you are going with him. YOu’ll be lucky a bunch of women don’t find out who you really are and lynch your butt and castrate your face.

      3. Independent1 January 12, 2017

        Hillary didn’t lose. The GOP stole just one more election. That makes 3 stolen elections by the GOP since Clinton was in office.

    2. yabbed January 12, 2017

      Actually, I think the suit is still on.

  7. Godzilla January 12, 2017

    Glad to see the writers on this rag continue to fail to actually vet their nonsense they make up. The story has been totally debunked as nothing more than political nonsense and lies.

    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

      Glad to see your mouth never shuts the hell up. You want it superglued so we can get some peace and quiet? This story has NOT been debunked moron. The CIA has already said they got that information from a Brit from MI6 who got it from a Russian. The MI6 Brit handed it over to McCain.

      Do you intend to keep making a jerk of yourself sucking up to Trump? Won’t get you anywhere. You are not now nor EVER will force us to become as mentally deranged as you and then pretend YOU are normal. If you are normal, we may as well release every one of those who are criminally insane into the public streets. They’d be just as screwed up as you are.

    2. Independent1 January 12, 2017

      Really? So you’re essentially claiming that George Will and Fox News also publish nonsense? Given that George via Fox News blew the lid of this story almost six months ago? So everyone associated with publishing the extensive amount of dealings between Trump and Russia are just making things up?

      Wow! You right-wingers have to be the most gullible, mentally retarded idiots on the planet.

      From a Fox News article published back in July via redstate.com (apparently another totally nonsense publishing rag??):

      Just an excerpt of many accusations:

      …At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on
      Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a
      conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where
      they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through
      administrations of both parties. There is also something between a
      non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed
      financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two

      2. Post-bankruptcy Trump has been highly reliant on money from
      Russia, most of which has over the years become increasingly
      concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin.
      Here’s a good overview from The Washington Post, with one morsel for illustration …

      Since the 1980s, Trump and his family members have made
      numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities, and they
      have relied on Russian investors to buy their properties around the

      “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of
      our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in
      2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a
      trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”


    3. Independent1 January 12, 2017

      And what’s interesting, is that it’s not just those leaning to the left who have come to view Trump the same way that he’s essentially such a piece of crap that people just shrug off all the bona fide news that proves he’s a pile of crap. See these comments from Chuck Grassley – hardly a left-winger:

      Sen. Chuck Grassley: Russia can’t blackmail Trump because we already know Trump’s a pile of crap

      Sen. Chuck Grassley, Republican, has a fascinating theory for why it doesn’t matter if Russia has compromising information on Trump.

      “It seems to me that when you go back through the campaign and all the things that Trump said that ought to give him political problems and all the things that were caught on tape — that he would probably just as soon not have the world know about it – it’s kind of improbable to me that anybody who knows anything about Trump — that’s going to end up hurting Trump. And he was elected President of the United States.”

      So according to Grassley, the Republican president-elect is already known to be such a perverted, ignorant, crooked, lying pile of crap thatthere’s just nothing else out there that could “end up hurting him.” Interesting theory.

      Remember back when every Republican was trying to build up their next
      candidate into the second coming of Ronald Reagan—Reagan being the last
      Republican president Republicans still feel comfortable mentioning in polite company? Yeah, Trump isn’t getting the Reagan treatment. The best the top Republicans in the nation can do is shrug that hell, if he can be this crooked and still get Republican votes, then I guess they’ll be sticking with him for the long haul.


    4. Independent1 January 12, 2017

      And if you’re wondering which political party is clearly the most corrupt, just take a look at these charts which show that since Nixon, there’s actually no comparison: Republican presidencies clearly dominate in having people indicted for wrong doing and sent to prison. And note that since Nixon, the Obama administration is the only administration that has not had one person indicted for anything.



  8. charleo1 January 12, 2017

    I noticed both P-Elect Trump, and President Obama had been briefed on the dossier.
    Is there any question of what Trump would have done/said about it, if the two men’s roles were reversed? If the dossier had alluded to some alleged scurrilous information the Iranians had in their possession about an incoming Barack Obama? I believe the last thing an outgoing President Tump would have done is be silent, or dismiss it fake news.
    I have no doubt he would have immediately released the information last summer a la Buzz Feed to scuttle the Democrat’s chances, And to keep the story in the news, would have called for immediate and massive investigations by not only the intelligence agencies, and FBI. But by members of Congress, as well as the evil, yet all powerful agency known as “The Trilateral Commission.” Which Trump also probably believes exists. Because if there is anything that is rock solid predictable about the man. Is that he is first, last, and always, an unfailing, shameless hypocrite.

    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 12, 2017

      but if its not fake news and all real ?

  9. yabbed January 12, 2017

    I can’t wait to see the video of Russian prostitutes peeing on Donald Trump.

    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

      I’ve posted many times that everyone here in the Metro Area of NY/NJ KNEW all about Trump and his rather “unusual” sexual proclivities. He is pyschologically damaged by the years of coke snorting and his idea from his Mommy Mary Ann that he is the answer to all the problems on Planet Earth.

      With a massively bloated ego, fueled by a coke habit and kinky sex, this guy is living in the kind of excess and limitlessness not even Howard Huges would have engaged in.

      I am sure the Russians have him videotaped. He claims he isn’t that stupid but if you noticed he covered up his reference to Russia having cameras everywhere by adding, “like all foreign countries.” WRONG. Russia under Putin has increased its video taping of everything. Governments that cannot trust its people always play Big Brother is Watching. Russia practically invented that.

      The ones in most danger right now are any media journalists who dare to “offend” his tender little hide or openly disagree. Will he dare do what Putin does? Make them mysteriously disappear and then be found a month later dead in some dark alley with “No suspects apprehended?”

      1. InGen12 January 12, 2017

        I agree that Russia probably has the dirt and videotapes on him. After all, he’s been courting Russia and the oligarchs for 30 years. And for all his bloviating about being so smart, he really isn’t. He just bullies and blusters his way through situations that don’t align with his ego.

  10. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 12, 2017

    DONNY DUMP is so easy to read like the HOLLYWOOD sign he seeks his EXXON clown buddy for the Sect. of St. to work with the DUMPSTER’s B/F PUTTHEAD if this clown make’s it to S of S then its time to work with the DUMPSTER ,PUTTHEAD and the new clown S S fitting lettering don’t you think for the 3 stooge’s if be it the sanctions get lower and or dropped on Russia that the move the GREEDY DUMPSTER will be in it as for always just for the money then this is the time DONNY DUMP will use air force 1 to fly to Russia on the USA dime and send the plan back empty (like his head ) he will then hide there with the snake Snowden . with $$ 100’s of million well more like $billions of dollars never to be able or come back to the USA again . if the world is lucky then after the money is all made the Russian PUTTHEAD will get tired of the DUMPSTER (this im sure will happen very fast ) and he will plain a 9mm round in the back of DONNY DUMP’s head and take all his money saying thanks sucker . that when the USA should send PUTTHEAD a thank you note for this greet deed

  11. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 12, 2017

    bottom line is it was RUSSIA that elected the POTUS not the people of the USA it was PUTTHEAD that put the DUMPSTER in the house . and im sure its been planed with DONNY DUMP & PUTTHEAD a long time ago . before the DUMPSTER ever start his run for the house . the USA and the clown in the office just let this happen . what should been done is thy should of had the election again now that all the B/S is out and all know about it all let the American people vote with out no hidden B/S just the facts and yes the FBI had its hand in all this B/S with COMA COMEY pulling his 9 days before the election BIG TIME BULL CRAP his hands are just as dirty as the DUMPSTERS and all that have anything to do with him

  12. avesraggiana January 12, 2017

    I’m in complete astonishment. Donald Trump has been implicated – not accused – implicated of some activity whiffing of scandal that would have felled any other politician on the planet, and yet again, using the same tactics during the election season of crackling, spellbinding demagoguery, verbal sleights of hand and rhetorical feints, all tools used with effective impunity by pathological narcissists, has successfully managed to walk through and walk by yet another political bombshell completely unscathed. He’s completely amazing. My hat is off to the guy for manipulating us into letting him get away with totally unacceptable behaviour. I have to admire the guy for playing us all so well.

    I do have to wonder at the rest of us, for repeatedly excusing inexcusable behaviour, and for our apparent collective inability to nail this guy once and for all.

    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

      Trump plays CYA like a champ. Always has, always will. It’s part of the Art of the Deal he so proudly claims he invented.

      The point is HE and no one else defended Russia’s Putin, a known murderer. He and no one else went around claiming he was smarter than the US intel agents, knows more about foreign policy than anyone else and is “smarter” because he is a billionaire (which, by the way is a bare faced lie and can’t proven because he HIDES all of the facts that would prove he isn’t). So if he is this smart, what the hell was Einstein? A piker?

      1. avesraggiana January 12, 2017

        And he’s still getting away with it. More and more of us are on to him and he’s still getting away with it. My question now is, why?

        1. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

          Look at his “strategy” and you have the answer. Accuse him with certifiable proof? He denies it. Continue bashing away and he acts out like a child and makes threats to intimidate.

          Are you intimidated? You shouldn’t be. Bullies are all mouth and when confronted by angry mobs whip out their innocent victim card. This is not new Trump strategy. It is as old as he is.

          Push back bullies by calling their bluff. If they smell fear, you’ve already lost any attempts to put them in their rightful place. We have nothing to lose by calling their bluff. They rigged the election and now claim we “lost.”

          Did we? How do you “lose” a rigged election rife with nasty dirty campaign smears based on lies? Payback? How do you get rid of a Pretender to the Presidency with nastier, dirtier smears based on truth?

          1. plc97477 January 13, 2017

            You got it. He is a bully and the repugnants are very easy to frighten. So they voted for him out of fear of the bully.

      2. Independent1 January 12, 2017

        Actually, Trump could actually be 2.7 billion in debt; his Trump companies are 650 million in debt even as he owes millions upon millions to the Russians;

        Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses


        Trump Companies Owe $650 Million: NY Times

        In addition to the $650 million liabilities, “a substantial portion of his wealth is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe an additional $2 billion to a string of lenders,” the Times said about debt that could significantly affect Trump’s wealth.


        1. Eleanore Whitaker January 13, 2017

          He lied when he said he never had any business in Russia. What then is that Moscow hotel he is building now? I love the way one of his advisers tried to normalize his refusal to disclose WHO he is doing business with by saying, “All Americans are alllowed to run for president and owning a business should not preclude that privilege.”

          See how they slime? 44 Presidents, some business owners didn’t try to us the US Treasury to pay off billions in debt by keeping US taxpayers in the dark about profits they would earn using presidential power and influence.

          No matter how Trump tries to get around this, it still comes down to him desperate to hide the truth about his business deals.

          However, back in 2008, Donald J. Trump Jr. was in Moscow for an investment meeting and assured the Russians then that the “Trump organization trademarked its name and would build hotels and housing in Moscow, Sochi and other cities. Now Trump lies and says he has NO business dealings with Russia?

          Donald J. Trump Jr. was the keynote speaker alongside two Putin allies in Russian government service at the Russian Real Estate Summit in 2008. One Putin ally and conference speaker was himself an elected legislator in the Duma – or national parliament – as a member of the strongman’s United Russia party. The other speaker at that 2008 event is a still senior trade official, and was closely involved in organizing development around the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, in which the Russian President Putin was widely involved.

  13. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 12, 2017

    the thing DONNY DUMP hates the most about all the news is ITS ALL TURE and all know how the DUMPSTER thrives on lies the truth is killing him . he want to rule the USA like a dictator and wants to kill all that don’t do things his way pretty much the same as PUTTHEAD & the doughboy the North Korea clown don’t agree you die

  14. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

    The thing I’ve learned most about Trump over the past 3 decades? He can’t shut his mouth. The more he talks, the more he indicts himself. So, his only alternative is to “act as if” he is the BOSS. He forgets..WE are his employers.

    So, while the Republican morons are sucking up to him to undo everything President Obama did to put this country back on its feet, their Pretender to the Presidency will keep mouthing off like Niagara Falls and because he never remembers the lies he tells, will entrap himself without anyone else’s help. He’s done it before.

    1. Independent1 January 12, 2017

      The Senate, by voting last night for a budget that will begin the repeal of Obamacare, has begun the unraveling of America’s economy. The reality blind Republicans simply cannot comprehend the degree to which Obamacare, Medicare and Social Security drive the American economy by giving Americans enough confidence that their healthcare issues are mostly covered, thereby allowing them to spend more freely on virtually everything that drives our economy. So it’s only a matter of time before the GOP in destroying this sense of confidence in the minds of millions of Americans, will start the process of creating just one more recession and possibly a depression. Not one GOP president in office since 1900 has ever served in the Oval Office without having to deal with a recession in his first 2 years in office. And clearly, Donald Trump will not be the first to break that trend.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 12, 2017

        Actually, it is going to be a lot of fun watching the south and midwest go through another of their self created Great Depressions. They asked for this and when you don’t learn from the past and refuse to do what is right and makes sense, you get what you asked for.

        I have no sympathy for the Trump Republicans. The idea they have is that all of this slash and burn will hurt the Dem states. Who bailed the south out of their post Civil War poverty? The north. Who bailed the Corn Pones out of their Dust Bowl Great Depression? A Democrat.

        Sometimes the only way you allow someone to learn their lessons is to fall on their butts hard enough to wear they can’t sit down for a while.

        1. Independent1 January 12, 2017

          Yup! Some people only learn things the hard way. Hopefully, they’re learning experience won’t be too hard on the rest of us; or other people around the world.

  15. Dr. Samuel Taddesse January 12, 2017

    What is a compromising info? He already has done and said the worst things that would have disqualified others. So what if he messed around with some of the beauty contestants? What if he was caught kissing Ivanka? All these he has done in public. If it is illegal financial deals with the Russian mafia it should be investigated.

    1. Dan S January 12, 2017

      Dont forget the sordid allegations he did some really nasty stuff back in Russia with a couple prostitutes. Just when you think he’s gone as low as he possibly can he keeps proving me wrong

  16. wth_jp2 January 12, 2017

    Trump says none of this is true. Conway says none of this is true. Russia says none of this is true. Three glowing endorsements on the truth right there! When will the powers that be wake up?

    1. I of John January 12, 2017

      Arent they the powers that be?

      1. wth_jp2 January 12, 2017

        Well…..I guess they are! You got me there, John!

    2. Independent1 January 12, 2017

      Sadly, today’s conservatives live in a propaganda inspired fantasy land of their own that is almost virtually impossible to penetrate with any form of truth or reality.

  17. I of John January 12, 2017

    none of this is going away.

  18. stsintl January 12, 2017

    How come FBI Director sent a letter to the Congress that Hillary Clinton’s e-mails matter was being investigated just a few days before the elections but didn’t send a similar letter covering Donald Trump’s Russian matter being investigated by him before the elections?

    1. Jeff Zakany January 12, 2017

      Excellent question. The intelligence community was looking into possible link between Trump’s campaign and Russia at the same time they were looking into possible problems with Hillary’s emails found on Weiner’s computer. They mention one publicly, and they keep quiet on the other. The only reason to do this is to influence the election.

  19. LCR78 January 12, 2017

    Trump is simply getting a taste of what he and his henchmen have been giving Clinton and Obama for years. What goes around comes around.

    1. Dan S January 12, 2017

      The irony is most intelligent people knew it was BS and forced President Obama to take time away from his Presidential duties to provide hard documentation he was born in Hawaii. Now Trump should step up and release his tax returns that are under eternal audit and prove he’s had no dealings with Russia

    2. plc97477 January 13, 2017

      Karma’s a bitch.

  20. Jeff Zakany January 12, 2017

    We do have a serious problem with “fake news” and fake news outlets in the US. Ironically, the outlets Trump says are legit news outlets are the fake ones. Brietbart and Fox News lie and twist the truth on a regular basis. Fake news is the reason Trump defeated Hillary. They are the reason many people think Hillary is corrupt and/or a criminal.

    1. itsfun January 12, 2017

      Have you seen the recently released emails from the FBI? If you do, you will wonder how crooked Hillary stayed out of prison.

  21. Jeff Zakany January 12, 2017

    Fox News does exactly what Trump is complaining about on a regular basis. They are famous for their “People are saying…” phrase when asking a question. It allows them to take an unsubstantiated rumor and give it validity. OK, Fox News commentator, what people are saying that? Is is a judge on a federal court? Or is it your show’s producer and cameraman talking in the break room?

    1. itsfun January 12, 2017

      CNN publishes false news and somehow you manage to call FOX news into it.

      1. queenbee January 12, 2017

        You have such a big imagination of what, HAHAHA

        1. itsfun January 12, 2017

          How does FOX figure into this?

  22. Ed January 12, 2017

    Buzzfeed Publishes Shocking Fake News About Donald Trump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO1ps2A4q90

  23. Dan S January 12, 2017

    The more Trump and his minions keep calling news outlets like CNN fake the more I believe they’ve hit a nerve and telling the truth. If they were false like claims that President Obama was a Muslim born in Kenya I would’ve taken the high road and show that he’s not guilty. By refusing to release his taxes and not taking questions from the press the more he’s hiding something and trying to discredit our news organizations. It worked in Russia but believe me when I say no way in Hell is Trump getting a pass but should get even greater scrutiny. Now stop whining Trump and do the damn job you stole from Hillary Clinton

    1. itsfun January 12, 2017

      Is he suppose to stand in the background and let CNN accuse him of things with their fake news? He didn’t steal anything from crooked Hillary, he beat her butt in the election.

      1. queenbee January 12, 2017

        He can dish it out but he can’t take it. The Birther BS.

        1. itsfun January 12, 2017

          He dishes it out only after being attacked . He is a counter puncher. Would you fight back if CNN falsely reported you let hookers pee on you?

      2. Independent1 January 13, 2017

        Right, only in a handful of states with large GOP government representation which made it easy to steal the election.

        Can We Count on the Election Results? Exit Poll Discrepancies and Voter Suppression Are Serious Issues

        According to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research, Clinton won four key battleground states (NC, PA, WI, and FL) in the 2016 presidential election that she went on to lose in the computerized vote counts. With these states Clinton wins the Electoral College with a count of 302 versus 205 for Trump. Clinton also won the national exit poll by 3.2% and holds a narrow lead in the national vote count still in progress.

        “Exit polls were conducted in 28 states. In 23 states the discrepancies between the exit polls and the vote count favored Trump. In 13 of these states the discrepancies favoring Trump exceeded the margin of error of the state.”


        And in fact, Clinton won the popular vote by just about the margin CNN’s exit polls say she should have won the election (but it was stolen).

      3. Independent1 January 13, 2017

        You totally pathetic right-wingers can’t win anything without cheating!!

  24. itsfun January 12, 2017

    CNN publishes lies and fake news and the folks here defend that and call the President-elect more names. The President-elect is a great counter puncher and will not put up with lies about him. He is a straight talker and doesn’t use polite lawyer language or doubletalk or say things like “that’s a falsehood” He straight out calls a liar a liar.

    1. johninPCFL January 13, 2017

      CNN didn’t publish the dossier. Apparently you ignored the entire point of the article, including the facts contained herein.

      In short, you’re a liar. But that’s no surprise at all. You back Agent Orange, the man clocked at a lie every 5 minutes during his campaign.

      1. itsfun January 13, 2017

        Yep when someone doesn’t agree with you, they are a liar or worse. You have become a complete waste of my time. Good bye you are now blocked out of my life.

        1. johninPCFL January 13, 2017

          Sure. You make up bullshit (CNN published zero lies, unlike you) and publish it, then get all worried about a reaction. Welcome to the universe Agent Orange has promulgated.

          Agent Orange was clocked during his last campaign stops at spewing a lie every five minutes. Google it, ‘tard. He’s no straight talker, he’s either in the deep throes of Alzheimer’s and just doesn’t know what he’s saying, or he’s a pathological liar.

        2. Thoughtopsy January 14, 2017

          Your sentences of garbage literally waste seconds of everyone’s lives that they can’t get back.
          Do all the readers here a favor and take your fever dreams and mindless word vomit elsewhere.

    2. Independent1 January 13, 2017

      Wow lowlife, you do realize it was George Will on Fox News who spilled most of the beans six months ago that you’re now calling fake news:

      Why George Will Might Be Right About Vladimir Putin’s Hold Over Donald Trump (VIDEO) Posted at 3:02 pm on July 26, 2016 by streiff

      Fox News contributor George Will says GOP presidential nominee Donald
      Trump will not release his tax returns because they may show “he is
      deeply involved in dealing with Russia oligarchs.” The claim — which Will could not support with any tangible proof — was made to Bret Baier on Fox News’s “Special Report” live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday night.

      “Well, it’s the sort of thing we might learn if we saw the candidate’s tax returns,” Will responded. “Perhaps one more reason why we’re not seeing his tax returns — because he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs and others. Whether that’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s probably the reasonable surmise.”
      …At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on
      Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a
      conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where
      they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through
      administrations of both parties. There is also something between a
      non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed
      financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two


    3. Thoughtopsy January 14, 2017

      I freely admit this is ad hominem.

      You’re an idiot.
      I’m not sure why or how, but you simply state lies, and fail to do the most basic, simple and brief research on anything.

      Explain why this is not allowed after Trump stated lies and promoted Fake News over and over and over?
      Remember the 1000’s of Muslims cheering on 9/11?
      Remember the Clinton Health Scare?
      Remember the Obama is a secret Muslim and a Kenyan, birther lie?

      Where was his evidence? Where were his sources?
      “People are saying….”
      “I hear this a lot…”

      So Pres-Elect F**kface Von Clownstick can just make up lies against his opponents and use “People are saying…” as his justification and yell it far and wide in the media…
      But everyone else has to stick to the facts, reveal their sources, and prove their assertions before daring to say anything?

      Are you really THAT stupid?

      1. InformedVoter January 26, 2017

        How dumb do you look now that EVERY intel agency has publicly confirmed that the report was FAKE and that they knew it was FAKE before CNN, etc released it.
        And to show how low information you are, the 1000s cheering the 9-11 attacks IS TRUE. In Dearborn, Michigan,(a very large Arab population), they WERE cheering the attack. Local TV stations showed the 1000s cheering on the noon broadcasts. By the evening news time, when there were hundreds of messages of locals wanting to take up arms and attack Dearborn, the local TV stations dropped the story.
        In the following link, the supposed reporter that Trump was to be mocking (also FAKE news) even wrote about the 1000s of arabs cheering 9-11.
        I guess you REALLY are low information!

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