Media players stealthy edit Trump’s exasperated ‘I’m f**ked’ quote. Looks a lot different in context.
According to special counsel Robert Mueller’s just-unveiled report on collusion/obstruction, President Donald Trump once complained about feeling hamstrung by the Justice Department’s investigation.
And according to the demonstrably left-wing mainstream media, which as a reminder spent years spreading the now thoroughly debunked Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theories, this complaint amounts to a tacit admission of his alleged guilt vis-à-vis collusion/obstruction.
Media reports Trump said he was “f–ked,” cuts out remainder of quote: “Everyone tells me that if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me” pic.twitter.com/kDhQvjaYsC
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 19, 2019
The report specifically says that, following Mueller’s appointment in May of 2017, the president explicitly complained to then-Jeff Sessions about the implications of a special counsel.
“[W]hen Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f-cked,’” the report, which was formally published Thursday, reads.
“The President became angry and lambasted the Attorney General for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating, ‘How could you let this happen, Jeff?’ The President said the position of Attorney General was his most important appointment and that Sessions had ‘let [him] down ,’ contrasting him to Eric Holder and Robert Kennedy.”
“Sessions recalled that the President said to him, ‘You were supposed to protect me,’ or words to that effect. The President returned to the consequences of the appointment and said, ‘Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.’”
It’s clear from the full section on Trump’s response that he’d rightly felt as if Mueller’s investigation would cripple his ability to push any meaningful legislation.
But instead of reporting the entire section, the media have focused their attention on just two words: “I’m f-cked.” According to their allegedly objective analysis, these words prove guilt:
Key Mueller finding: in May 2017, after Trump learned from Sessions that Rosenstein had appointed Mueller, Trump “slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 18, 2019
THIS IS THE END OF MY PRESIDENCY. THIS IS THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO ME. I’M FUCKED!
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) April 18, 2019
Trump’s reported reaction when he was told Mueller was appointed: “This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” pic.twitter.com/J1AN9SGM7O
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) April 18, 2019
According to the Mueller report, when Trump learned that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections nearly two years ago, he predicted that the probe would end his presidency. “I’m fucked,” he said.
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) April 19, 2019
Page 290: “According to notes written by Hunt, when Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.’”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 18, 2019
Does anyone actually say “I’m fucked” if they *haven’t* done something questionable to get there? #MuellerReport
— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) April 18, 2019
Trump today: ‘No collusion. No obstruction.’
Trump 2017: ‘This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.’ pic.twitter.com/6iD2P60K2z
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 18, 2019
While the media appears to have included the full paragraph from Mueller’s report in their own reports, their tweets and headlines — which, as studies have shown, are all most people actually read — have focused solely on the profane remarks, “I’m f-cked,” that the president had said in exasperation.
The underlying implication of these tweets is, as Holly Figueroa O’Reilly of The Washington Post and The Guardian bluntly wrote, that “[t]hese are not the utterances of an innocent man.”
In other words, Trump is guilty because he’d expressed exasperation, never mind the context. But as noted by Micah Rate of Townhall, a conservative outfit, this insinuation is a lie:
Everyone suggesting the president reportedly saying “I’m f*****” is evidence of guilt or that he was in legal trouble needs to keep reading and learn context. Mueller’s report then says the president stated the following.
— Micah Rate (@Micah_Rate) April 18, 2019
It shows Trump wasn’t concerned about legal trouble or being convicted of a crime, but that he was concerned w/ the investigation hindering his presidency and agenda. The expletive isn’t some admission of guilt or hint of wrongdoing as it is being portrayed by many.
— Micah Rate (@Micah_Rate) April 18, 2019
But the media don’t seem to care, perhaps because they believe that context — much like everything else in America these days — is racist!? Regardless, since the release of Mueller’s report they’ve only doubled down on their plans to “[d]econstruct, decontextualize, deceive,” as one twitter user put it:
Which is exactly what you can expect them to do with the whole report: Deconstruct, decontextualize, deceive.
— Bill Harvey’s Ghost (@TheGhostsGhost) April 18, 2019
That is a perfect microcosm of how the Media handled this entire situation
“Let’s purposely deceive our readers/viewers and give them the perception that Trump is guilty and will be impeached/indicted any day” now
— Bryan S. Matthews (@BryanMatthews74) April 18, 2019
its not just this… they propagandize everything 24/7. obama could do no wrong and they sang his praises as he betrayed us every chance he got, Trump can do no right as he goes out of his way to fight these criminals for us and improve our lives.
— DoggoBorkmansson ✘ (@doggoborkman) April 18, 2019
No different than misquoting Charlottesville Press Conference or firing Comey quote in Holt interview. Liberal media misrepresented @POTUS quotes so much that the truncated quote and resulting narrative became “truth.” Liberal media pundits won’t recognize truth to this day.
— Doug E Fresh (@dgerstner33) April 19, 2019
— Michael ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Michael19711992) April 19, 2019
According to a recent poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, a 61 percent of nonpartisan Independent voters believe America’s “major news organizations publish fake news stories for political purposes.” It’s not hard to see why they think that.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019