So did the White House purposefully edit video and a transcript to remove Putin answering a question about helping Trump get elected?

By |2018-07-26T08:56:03+00:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |21 Comments

Courtesy of The Hill:

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday said the White House had appeared to delete a question about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support for President Trump in an official video of the leaders’ joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland.

“The U.S. government is essentially following the Kremlin’s playbook,” Maddow said on her nightly newscast, pointing to footage the White House posted online and what she called a “real” video of the press conference.

Maddow specifically references a question from Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, who asked Putin if he wanted Trump to win the 2016 presidential election and if he directed any of his officials to interfere in the election to help Trump’s campaign.

Putin responds that he did want Trump to win the election because “he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal.”

Now a day AFTER Rachel made this allegation the White House dismissed it as fake news, and offered an explanation that it was a simple mistake caused by a change in the feed right as the question was being asked. 

In fact, the Washington Post joined in with promoting that excuse:

Our transcript and the White House’s were apparently based on the feed that runs only in the right channel. A White House official told CNN’s Abby Phillip that its transcript “did not have Mason’s audio turned up in time,” referring to Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, who asked the question.

This is not a conspiracy from the White House. While the White House certainly has a track record of misrepresenting facts, this would have been a remarkably futile revision of reality to attempt. As it turns out, they didn’t.

That is all well and good but it does not completely answer the question as to WHY there was no evidence on the White House VIDEO of Jeff Mason asking the question. 

At least not sufficiently. 

Also, keep in mind that Trump is now actively tweeting out Russian propaganda.

Remember that?

Well, that completely out of context video comes courtesy of our friends at the Kremlin.

Interesting no?

So was it just a simple mistake that the White House transcript and video did not contain Reuter’s reporter Jeff Mason getting Putin to admit that he not only favored Trump in the 2016 election but also helped him to win, or was it the White House utilizing proven Russian techniques for controlling the narrative? 

I leave it up to you to decide. 

Update: Rachel follows up.

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  1. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    GOP Goes All In On Obstruction By Filing Impeachment Articles Against Rod Rosenstein

    Republicans in the House of Representatives – a group of lawmakers without any shame – have officially gone all in for Donald Trump.

    According to Politico, the GOP has formally filed impeachment articles against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – the man who oversees Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

    It’s another blatant effort by the Republican Party to undermine and obstruct the special counsel investigation as it circles around the president.

    The full report:

    • Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      These articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump. History will record these Members as willing accomplices in the most serious threat to the rule of law in a generation.

      • ANON July 25, 2018 at 5:03 pm

        ‘Nothing says “cover up” and “conspiracy” like the Freedom Caucus filing for the impeachment of Rod Rosenstein.
        It shows just how scared and/or compromised @MarkMeadows & @Jim_Jordan are.
        Shame on these men for not having TRUE Republican values.
        Mark & Jim, NO ONE is afraid of you’

        ‘@Jim_Jordan, @DevinNunes, and @MarkMeadows will be remembered as latter day Joe McCarthy’s. I guess living in infamy is better than being ignored in their minds. Contributing to their opponents campaigns right now. Why? Because anyone else will be better than these three.’

    • anon July 26, 2018 at 7:26 am

      ‘“It is the most shortsighted — and I have to say stupid — thing I have heard in a long time,” Dershowitz argued. “Here we have a present to the Democrats who are trying to impeach.”

      “If they gained the House of Representatives, they will almost certainly do so and the big issue will be, ‘can you impeach a president — or anyone else — when you don’t charge him with specific crimes, just because you disagree with what he has done’ And now, you have the Republicans making the case for the Democrats who want to impeach the president by offering bills of impeachment and not charging crimes.”

      “I’m going to have to write a new book called The Case Against Impeaching Rod Rosenstein, because the same arguments apply,” he continued, holding up a copy of his book The Case Against Impeaching Trump.’

    • ANON July 26, 2018 at 7:33 am

      “U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday defended his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, after some fellow Republicans in Congress moved to impeach Rosenstein, who oversees the federal probe of whether President Donald Trump’s campaign worked with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election.

      “My deputy, Rod Rosenstein, is highly capable. I have the highest confidence in him,” Sessions said during an appearance in Boston. “What I would like Congress to do is to focus on some of the legal challenges that are out there,” including illegal immigration”<Rawstory

    • ANON July 26, 2018 at 8:35 am

      “One article accuses Rosenstein of failing to recuse himself from the second special counsel’s investigation of “matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign that appear to be outside the scope of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.”
      That investigation doesn’t even exist.”

      “At one point, Rosenstein’s name is misspelled.”

  2. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Trump’s Support In The Heartland Collapses As Midwestern Voters Swing Toward Democrats

    The American heartland – what pundits have repeatedly called Trump country – has turned on the president in a big way, according to a new poll.

    In three states – Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota – Trump’s approval ratings are in the cellar.

    In Wisconsin and Michigan, two states Trump narrowly carried in 2016, just 36 percent of voters think he’s doing a good job. Similarly, in Minnesota, just 38 percent approve of his job performance.

    Without voters in the so-called Rust Belt, Trump’s political fortunes will sink faster than the Titanic.

    The whole party is going down with Trump

    Worse for the Republicans is that it’s not just Trump who’s seeing his numbers crumble in the all-important Midwest.

    The party itself is sinking, too, likely because they have clung so tightly to Trump over the past year and a half, even as his presidency has been consumed by corruption, criminal investigations and incompetence.

    More from NBC News:

    What’s more, with November’s midterm elections less than four months away, Democrats enjoy a lead in congressional preference from 8 points to 12 points in these three states.

    In Michigan, 45 percent of voters prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, while 36 percent want a GOP-controlled Congress (D+9).

    In Minnesota, it’s 48 percent preferring the Democrats, to 36 percent backing the Republicans (D+12).

    And in Wisconsin, Democrats hold a 47 percent-to-39 percent lead in congressional preference (D+8).

    Trump’s Russia surrender was a turning point
    The NBC News survey was conducted mostly after Donald Trump surrendered to Russian president Vladimir Putin at a July 16 press conference, signaling that it could prove to be a major political turning point.

    Trump’s weak performance in Helsinki wasn’t just something blasted by political insiders and beltway pundits. The American people are paying attention, too, and they don’t like what they’re seeing.

    Midwestern voters who decided to give Trump a chance and those who stayed home in 2016 appear to be coming together as this president’s worst nightmare….

  3. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    House Republicans Move To Impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

    It’s the latest attempt by Trump allies to unseat the deputy attorney general, who is overseeing Mueller’s Russia probe.

    Republicans could still attempt to hold Rosenstein in contempt of Congress, with the prospect of an impeachment proceeding unlikely to progress far. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other GOP leaders in the House have largely remained silent amid calls for Rosenstein’s impeachment or firing.

    Conservatives Push to Impeach Rosenstein as DOJ Defends Actions

    …“This Senate Republican does not agree,” Jeff Flake of Arizona tweeted in response to the resolution being introduced.

    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina earlier Wednesday dismissed the potential for a Rosenstein impeachment, saying it’s “more likely” he’d be “in the NBA playing basketball.”

    Democrats say that the real goal is to topple Rosenstein because he named Robert Mueller as special counsel and oversees his continuing inquiry into the Russian meddling and whether anyone around Trump conspired in it. A replacement for Rosenstein could fire Mueller or narrow the scope of his work.

    Conservative GOP lawmakers have been plotting to remove Rosenstein for weeks, accusing him of slow-walking their probe of FBI agents they’ve accused of bias against President Donald Trump.

    Trump allies weigh last-ditch bid to punish Rosenstein

    A group of House Republicans is considering going around Speaker Paul Ryan to force a vote.

    Showboating for their teabaggger base. Even Gowdy says they don’t have the votes. And it won’t even get out of committee in the Senate.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Oh well! I am not a fan of vandalism, but when see your country being destroyed….

  4. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Rachel Maddow Unloads On The NRA For Going Into Hiding After Being Exposed As A Tool Of Russia

    …The Trump-loving gun group has remained silent even after this jaw-dropping new information was revealed.

    A stunned Maddow unloaded on the NRA for essentially going into hiding over the past week: “The NRA was used extensively by the Russian government in an illegal intelligence operation. Really, no comment on that at all, NRA?”


    Maddow said:

    ‘It is remarkable that the NRA has had no comment on this case at all. No comment on this indictment since it was first unsealed. This is federal prosecutors, including veteran counter-espionage prosecutors, now saying in court and offering evidence in court that the NRA was used extensively by the Russian government in an illegal intelligence operation. Really? No comment on that at all, NRA? None at all for more than a week now?’

  5. dvlaries July 25, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I side with those columnists who say things like this Michael Cohen tape are distractions that are actually pleasing to Trump because they take the focus off what’s more damaging, if less licentious and sensational.

    It’s not like it isn’t a given at this point that Trump is a sexual degenerate and fresh details don’t change it from stale news. It’s a story that probably makes Trump look all the better to his knuckle-scraping base, a warped machismo that sits just fine with them.

    But it does move the spotlight away from the far more appalling and fresh news of him figuratively going down on Putin in front of the whole world and selling out our democracy on the very cheap.

  6. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    The government seized over 100 tapes from Michael Cohen: Washington Post

    According to the report, investigators seized over 100 tapes from Cohen that have to do with Trump and his businesses.

    “Cohen appeared to make some recordings with an iPhone — without telling anyone he was taping them,” The Post said.

    Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis also said that he used his phone to record those incidents and confirmed that there were more tapes to come.

    “A significant portion of the recordings is Cohen surreptitiously recording reporters who met with or questioned Cohen about Trump during the campaign and after Trump’s election, the people said,” The Post wrote.

    The recordings are not entirely Trump-Cohen conversations, one source told The Post. Some are voicemails and brief messages between the two.

    ‘I’m not going to be a punching bag anymore’: Inside Michael Cohen’s break with Trump

    Michael Cohen recorded 2-hour conversation with CNN’s Chris Cuomo confessing to Stormy Daniels payout: report

  7. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    White House lawyer Passantino planning to leave
    The former counsel to Newt Gingrich has been in charge of the administration’s compliance with ethics and conflicts-of-interest rules.

    Deputy White House ethics attorney, Stefan Passantino, is planning on resigning from his position, according to Politico.

    Four sources close to Passantino said that he plans to depart by the end of the summer. Passantino was responsible for overseeing ethics for Trump officials.

    “He’s the clean-up guy,” a close adviser to the White House told Politico.

    He joined President Trump’s team in January 2017 and took on an “unenviable task” to educate and enforce ethical policies to those new to the government within the Trump administration.


    One of the White House’s top attorneys plans to leave the administration by the end of the summer, according to four people familiar with his plans.

    The departure of Stefan Passantino, the deputy White House counsel responsible for policing ethics for Trump officials, will leave a huge hole in the White House’s legal operation, where the 51-year-old has operated as the number two to top attorney Don McGahn.

    He’ll join the steady exodus of top White House officials who have left the Trump administration recently, after a grueling year-and-a-half.

    • Beaglemom July 26, 2018 at 2:59 am

      Well, Passantino obviously did not do a very good job. Don the Con, his administration and his GOP Congress have made a mockery of the concept of ethical behavior and of conflict-of-interest rules. I wonder if this guy can ever get another serious job. I cannot imagine a reputable law firm or corporation that would want him.

  8. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    No, the White House didn’t intentionally edit a question to Putin out of a video

    …What happened? If you watch the videos, it’s pretty clear. At some point in the middle of that question, there’s a switch between the feed from the reporters and the feed from the translator. In the White House version of the video, you can hear the question being asked very faintly under the woman who is translating saying “president.”

    …We did not edit the question out. This is the feed we were provided.

    In this version of the news conference posted by Fox News, you can hear something different. In this, the question being asked more prominently with the translator muted and in the background.

    …But more importantly in that video, you can hear the actual switch-over.

    If you’re wearing headphones, you can notice how the latter part of the question is suddenly audible in the right earpiece. At first, the right channel is only the translator. Mid-question, the reporter is suddenly heard in both left and right as the translator feed drops out. Notice, too, that Putin then picks up his earpiece — through which he can hear the translations — and puts it in his right ear.

    Our transcript and the White House’s were apparently based on the feed that runs only in the right channel. A White House official told CNN’s Abby Phillip that its transcript “did not have Mason’s audio turned up in time,” referring to Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, who asked the question.

    This is not a conspiracy from the White House. While the White House certainly has a track record of misrepresenting facts, this would have been a remarkably futile revision of reality to attempt. As it turns out, they didn’t.

    Update: Since a number of readers have indicated that they still think the White House video was edited, here’s a comparison I created using the videos above. The “ping” sound marks the start of Mason’s question in each segment.

    • Skunkcabbage July 26, 2018 at 7:09 am

      Fun fact – Putin understands and speaks English well. He really doesn’t need a translator.

  9. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Trump lies. And lies. And lies.

    “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

    When the history of the Trump era is written, this quotation from our president will play a prominent role in explaining the distemper of our moment and the dysfunction of his administration. Trump was talking about media coverage of his trade war, but he was also describing his genuinely novel approach to governing: He believes that reality itself can be denied and that big lies can sow enough confusion to keep the truth from taking hold.

    This has advantages for Trump, because it dulls the impact of any new revelation. Old falsehoods simply get buried under new ones.

    …And when it comes to creating new and unhinged narratives to displace those rooted in fact, Trump has no equal. Thus did the man who stood next to Vladimir Putin when the Russian leader said he wanted Trump to win in 2016 declare this week — with no evidence whatsoever — that Russia “will be pushing very hard for the Democrats” in this fall’s elections.

    Contrary to liberal fears, most of the country doesn’t believe him. Trump’s core support, measured by the proportion in Wednesday’s NPR/“PBS NewsHour”/Marist poll who strongly approve of him, is down to 25 percent.

    The bad news is that, among Republicans, his strong-approval number stands at 62 percent. Trump’s hope of clinging to power rests on the assumption that he can continue inventing enough false story lines to keep his party at bay. His theory seems to be that a lie is as good as the truth as long as the right people believe it.

    The evidence doesn’t prove collusion. But it sure suggests it.

    …In reality, while there is not yet proof of collusion (that’s special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s job), there is copious evidence of it — and that evidence grows more damning by the day.

    In Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted he wanted Trump to win — something Trump continues to deny to this day. Putin was more than a well-wisher from afar: His intelligence services ran an extensive operation designed to help Trump, including social media propaganda and hacks of Democratic emails. As I argued earlier, there is strong reason to believe that Trump wouldn’t be president without Russian help.

    While this was going on, the Moscow Project of the Center for American Progress reports, there were 82 known “contacts between the Trump team and Russia-linked operatives.” “None of these contacts were ever reported to the proper authorities,” according to the project. Team Trump tried to conceal all of them.

    The most infamous of these discussions was the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower between the Trump campaign high command and Kremlin emissaries promising dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of the Kremlin’s “support for Mr. Trump.” “If it’s what you say, I love it,” Donald Trump Jr. gushed. When this was revealed last summer, President Trump personally orchestrated an attempted coverup by claiming the meeting was about adoptions. This was shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey to stop the investigation of “this Russia thing,” as he put it in an interview with “NBC Nightly News” — showing just how much he fears this inquiry.

    Trump has good cause to be afraid.

    The emoluments case is the nightmare Trump has long feared

    The plaintiffs now want to interview Trump Organization employees and search company records to determine which foreign countries have spent money
    at Trump’s hotel in downtown Washington.

    This is the nightmare — or one of them — that Trump has long feared, namely litigation in which his business operations, perhaps even his tax returns, are laid bare. Norman Eisen, who is co-counsel with the District and Maryland, tells me, “It is another major crack in the dam that has so far been holding back accountability. [Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III] is closing in; [Michael] Cohen is about to cut a deal; and now we have taken another leap forward in being able to understand how Trump is profiting off the presidency, including possibly from Russia.” He adds, “‘Follow the money,’ the old adage goes, and we are going to do exactly that thanks to this decision.”

    Laurence Tribe, who along with Eisen has been making the emoluments argument in court and in the court of public opinion, says, “It’s an extremely significant ruling, the first federal judicial decision addressing — and endorsing — the theory we have been advancing on the Emoluments Clause ever since the start of the Trump administration.” On that, Trump would no doubt agree. You can be sure Trump will try to appeal the ruling.

    • anon July 26, 2018 at 8:09 am

      “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”<Right.

      Truth telling Larry " Larry Summers the Former U.S. Treasury Secretary joins Christiane Amanpour to discuss the U.S. trade war."
      'Trump lies. And lies. And lies.'

      blunderer extraordinaire!

  10. Anonymous July 25, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Of course they did.

    They also barred a CNN reporter from a rose garden press conference because they didn’t like her questions. Even Fox is outraged over it. How very Goebbels of … who is the head of communications now?

    Now we know why McConnell is rushing Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

    A district court judge is allowing the attorneys general of Maryland and D. C. to sue Trump in court over the emoluments act in regards to his hotels. You know Trump and McConnell need Kavanaugh on the bench before that reaches SCOTUS.

    And the Republicans have filed impeachment proceedings against Rod Rosenstein to try to stop Mueller before the inevitable. If that goes to SCOTUS Kavanaugh will further the Fascist takeover of our country on that one too.

    They’re moving to get this all done in the next three months just in case November doesn’t go their way.

    Oh, and while everyone is distracted, they’re moving to make the tax cuts permanent AND making changes to retirement plans. You know that isn’t going to be good. Yeah, it’s a giveaway to Wall St.

    Boy, I sure wish I didn’t have to post all this from my phone using my data but my ISP is STILL BANNED.

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