WaPo fact-checker calls Bill Barr’s press conference a ‘pathetic effort to spin apparently bad news’
The two-year countdown is over and now know the schedule: Attorney General Bill Barr will hold a press conference Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., and the redacted Mueller report will be given to Congress between 11 a.m. and noon and posted on the Internet soon after.
Political Twitter gets ugly, but the smears against the “so-called attorney general” are out of control. The Resistance has invested more than two years in Robert Mueller finding collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and when word got out they weren’t going to get that, speculation turned to Barr redacting passages of the report damaging to the president — even though Mueller’s office assisted with the redactions.
There have been calls to boycott the press conference due to the fact that the media will not yet have their own copies of the Mueller report, and Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler is assuming that the whole thing is a really bad attempt at spinning bad news:
Barr news conference at 9:30 am, Mueller report released at 11 am: In the annals of pathetic efforts to spin apparently bad news in Washington, this ranks near the top.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) April 17, 2019
you…you….mean I won't be allowed to hear from Maddow first? https://t.co/lllxRMw0h8
— Dan Curry (@dancurry) April 17, 2019
This is non-biased "factchecker" for the Washington Post. https://t.co/6m44hU1whL
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) April 17, 2019
"Fact checker" https://t.co/cH5cF78aZV
— Sid M. Pound ن (@Prof_Pownd) April 17, 2019
Your pathetic spin efforts in this tweet are destined for the irony Hall of Fame.
— Spooky Joe (@jmotivator) April 17, 2019
Image how great this tweet will look in 17 hours https://t.co/Npx1WWVi4W
— toddfather💫 (@ToddHildebran) April 17, 2019
"Fact" is as safe Glenn's hands as safe as Notre Dame cathedral is in the hands of the winner of the international architectural competition to rebuild it. https://t.co/76zvgFR9La
— Sam Schulman كافر| ن (@Sam_Schulman) April 17, 2019
Yes, this is the first time in history anyone has held a press conference in Washington. Truly historic. https://t.co/lllxRMw0h8
— Dan Curry (@dancurry) April 17, 2019
Also a chance it is not spin, and it is not "apparently bad news" https://t.co/6Gtg7ViG30
— Kevin Tierney (@CatholicSmark) April 17, 2019
Almost like Mueller cleared Trump of Russia collusion…. https://t.co/z1EnERAe1b
— Gray Connolly (@GrayConnolly) April 17, 2019
After an epic performance testifying to Congress
AG Barr continues his tour de force by ruining the media's cunning plan to force him to tell them what is in the color-coded redactions of the #MuellerReport
I love this guy https://t.co/cPE5cMSgb7
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) April 17, 2019
Here comes the NPC narrative flood. Expect similar tweets from all talking mouth pieces
'Report gonna be bad.' 'Dont listen to Barr press conference it's all spin, we arent spinning'
Cant be that bad if it says no collusion –which it does https://t.co/FEiWq91avQ
— Jeff_Jones (@NWLibertarian) April 17, 2019
We have no idea what the report says. Maybe it will be bad, maybe it won't be that bad. Stop it with the conspiracies. https://t.co/pKtH5QCb4M
— Augustus Caesar (@Caesar63BC) April 17, 2019
Don't worry, Glenn. You and your colleagues are going to get your opportunity to mine the report for a few nuggets you can try to spin into a justification for your two year campaign of partisan wish-casting.
— Judge Smails (@JSmails) April 17, 2019
It could be that they are not doing the Press Conference to ‘defend’ the report. They may be going on the offensive. This might be about the investigation they are launching and the ‘spying’. The intent may be to undermine the report not to defend it.
— Jeff Uhlich (@JNormanUhlich) April 17, 2019
I think suicide hotlines need to have all hands on deck tomorrow. The members of the liberal species have put all of their personal hopes and dreams, and their very existence on this report.
— Chihoowa' oshi' (@DroppinTheMitts) April 18, 2019
Don't delete this tweet or your account. pic.twitter.com/D1YqvoCoBU
— VACUOUS CIPHER (@THE_DAILY_BLEAT) April 18, 2019
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Kessler’s utter speculation caught the attention of CNN’s Brian Stelter, who gave it a retweet:
Unbiased @washingtonpost journalist passes judgment on tomorrow's news before it happens. Unbiased @CNN media critic promptly promotes WaPo pre-spin to all his followers. Wait 14 hours to trash Barr? How old fashioned. They're going to trash him anyhow so might as well do it now. pic.twitter.com/7S7L9OOzVi
— The Cable Gamer (@TheCableGame) April 17, 2019
Resistance alarm! Rachel Maddow wants Mueller himself at the Barr/Rosenstein presser tomorrow https://t.co/CWWDpyB4kO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 17, 2019