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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he has "no obligation" to tell the truth to the media while acknowledging that he had not told the truth when asked earlier this year about his interactions with President Donald Trump.

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I have no obligation to be honest with the media

That comment alone should disqualify any reputable media source from ever conducting an interview with him. If he runs for senate, media outlets should never interview him or his surrogates.

#1 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-09-18 05:01 AM | Reply

I don't know what is so hard to understand here. The media lies about politicians and politicians lie to the media ALL THE TIME. If you are surprised by this in the least, you are naive beyond belief.

#2 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-09-18 08:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The entire administration is not honest with 99% of America.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-09-18 08:30 AM | Reply

I don't know what is so hard to understand here. The media lies about politicians and politicians lie to the media ALL THE TIME. If you are surprised by this in the least, you are naive beyond belief.

#2 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-09

It's never surprising when you, SHEEPLE, try to obliterate moral and ethical standards like this. Like Lewwandowski did yesterday. No rules and no consequences. No value for a higher good. No actual love of country. An environment tailor made for a Nazis and Nazis lickspittles.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2019-09-18 08:56 AM | Reply

This Trumpist line of argument, that we get to be awful because people are awful, is the most self-serving and evil line of hogwash I've heard since I've been alive. If your neighbor steals your lawn mower because someone stole his you won't sit still for someone telling you that's how the world is and that you should shut up about it.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2019-09-18 08:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Lewandowski not honest...

Could have stopped right there.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-09-18 09:15 AM | Reply

#6
Jeff is correct.

The litmus test for professional grade liars is, 'Would Trump hire this POS?'

If the answer is 'Yes', you have found a professional grade lying POS.

#7 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-09-18 10:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm saving my "womp womp" for when he's finally wearing bracelets.

#8 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-09-18 10:24 AM | Reply

His attitude seems to be being celebrated and blaming the Dems for not going nuclear?

#9 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-09-18 10:26 AM | Reply

This Trumpist line of argument, that we get to be awful because people are awful, is the most self-serving and evil line of hogwash I've heard since I've been alive. If your neighbor steals your lawn mower because someone stole his you won't sit still for someone telling you that's how the world is and that you should shut up about it.

#5 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2019-09-18 08:59 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

Yes, I hear this line of argument all the time, even though Trump was supposed to be "different" because he's "not a politician" and would "drain the swamp."

#10 | Posted by anton at 2019-09-18 10:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"I'm saving my "womp womp" for when he's finally wearing bracelets."

He never will be because Trump has the power to pardon, unless you cross him as Michael Cohen discovered.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2019-09-18 10:47 AM | Reply

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

"If you like your doctor, you'll be able to keep your doctor."

The Benghazi attack was a "response to inflammatory material posted on the internet".

"There is no spying on Americans."

"Mission accomplished."

Tell us again why a private citizen is under any obligation to tell the media ANYTHING, much less be truthful about it, when the White House is a bulls#t factory?

#12 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-09-18 10:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He's going to run for Senate in NH. And since "owning the libs" seems to be the only qualification most Republicans care about these days, he'll have a good chance at winning.

#13 | Posted by JOE at 2019-09-18 11:00 AM | Reply

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

Our sitting President paid big bucks to silence a woman he had an affair with. The sitting Republican President has told us so many things about himself, like that he didn't pay contractors who built things for him. Yet you apparently still support him.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2019-09-18 11:01 AM | Reply

Tell us again why a private citizen is under any obligation to tell the media ANYTHING, much less be truthful about it, when the White House is a bulls#t factory?

#12 | POSTED BY MUSTANG AT 2019-09-18 10:52 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

Private citizens and public officials should be obligated to tell the truth to the media. The press is so important to a free society that it is the only private industry the Founders included in the Constitution. It also requires accurate, truthful information. When public officials, in particular, fail to provide truthful information to the media they should be held accountable. This really shouldn't be hard to understand.

#15 | Posted by anton at 2019-09-18 11:05 AM | Reply

#14 No, I don't, but I also am free to point out the enormous hypocrisy of liberals bitching about Lewandowski and ignoring the lies told by their own party. Should I have added "Wipe? You mean with a cloth?" to that list?

#16 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-09-18 11:06 AM | Reply

#15 BS. The press, since American politics began, has demonstrated a predilection for choosing sides and lying to the public to benefit their candidates. Are you familiar with "muckraking" and "yellow journalism"? If they are so willing to lie to ME, why should I be obligated to tell THEM the truth?

#17 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-09-18 11:11 AM | Reply

this is the election moto todays "conservative" is running on

and the inverted morals, no character, ethically challenged, habitual liars squeal in glee

#18 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-09-18 11:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The press, since American politics began, has demonstrated a predilection for choosing sides and lying to the public to benefit their candidates. Are you familiar with "muckraking" and "yellow journalism"? If they are so willing to lie to ME, why should I be obligated to tell THEM the truth?

#17 | POSTED BY MUSTANG AT 2019-09-18 11:11 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

Yeah, Upton Sinclair sucked. He totally lied about the wonderful conditions of the American meatpacking industry.

#19 | Posted by anton at 2019-09-18 11:16 AM | Reply

#14 No, I don't, but I also am free to point out the enormous hypocrisy of liberals bitching about Lewandowski and ignoring the lies told by their own party. Should I have added "Wipe? You mean with a cloth?" to that list?

#16 | POSTED BY MUSTANG AT 2019-09-18 11:06 AM | FLAG:

"Read my lips, no new taxes" would be another good addition to your list.

#20 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-09-18 11:24 AM | Reply

"Read my lips, no new taxes" would be another good addition to your list.

#20 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-09-18 11:24 AM

He was misquoted, the actual statement was "Read my lips, know new taxes."

#21 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2019-09-18 11:31 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#20 Agreed. That's another classic. I was focusing on statements that weren't part of a candidate's hollow promise inventory, because we all know they're worthless.

#22 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-09-18 12:01 PM | Reply

Lewandowski sure is going to be surprised when he learns that one of the articles of impeachment against Nixon involved "making or causing to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States into believing that a thorough and complete investigation had been conducted with respect to allegations of misconduct on the part of personnel of the executive branch of the United States and personnel of the Committee for the Re-election of the President, and that there was no involvement of such personnel in such misconduct"

#23 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-09-18 12:16 PM | Reply

So, what I'm taking away from the responses here:

1) "They do it too."

As a child I learned this defense was vacant.

2) "Integrity is optional."

Integrity is not something which cannot be turned on and off as the situation warrants. You either have it or don't.

George Washington must be spinning in his grave.

#24 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2019-09-18 12:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That is so awesome and I stand behind it every bit. He doesn't have any obligation to be truthful to the media. Let me rephrase that, politicians have just as much obligation to be truthful to the media as the media is to its readers...and anyone with even a tiny brain knows that it about 0% obligation. The media is a bane to our country today and only serves to make things worse. Get back to reporting the news correctly and unbiased and then politicians have no choice but to follow suit. Or politicians can do it first and media follow suit. Either way, one of them has to start becoming a good example of upholding obligations before either side or anyone else can start taking sides.

#25 | Posted by humtake at 2019-09-18 12:43 PM | Reply

"Private citizens and public officials should be obligated to tell the truth to the media. The press is so important to a free society that it is the only private industry the Founders included in the Constitution. It also requires accurate, truthful information. When public officials, in particular, fail to provide truthful information to the media they should be held accountable. This really shouldn't be hard to understand."

Yeah, well, half the country wants to get rid of guns and our Founders included that in the Constitution as well. Doesn't stop those people from trying to change it. If that's allowed, then it only stands to reason people are allowed to not hold obligations regarding any other Amendment. It's very very sad but that's our country today.

#26 | Posted by humtake at 2019-09-18 12:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yeah, well, half the country wants to get rid of guns and our Founders included that in the Constitution as well. Doesn't stop those people from trying to change it. If that's allowed, then it only stands to reason people are allowed to not hold obligations regarding any other Amendment. It's very very sad but that's our country today.
#26 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Only in your head. I challenge you to find me a poll that shows half the country wants to ban all guns.

#27 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-09-18 01:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Lewandowski: 'I Have No Obligation to be Honest'

The media MAKES me lie!

Poor rich white male servant of a white male "billionaire". Always a victim.

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 01:24 PM | Reply

Lewandowski sure is going to be surprised when he learns that one of the articles of impeachment against Nixon involved "making or causing to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States into believing that a thorough and complete investigation had been conducted with respect to allegations of misconduct on the part of personnel of the executive branch of the United States and personnel of the Committee for the Re-election of the President, and that there was no involvement of such personnel in such misconduct"
#23 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-09-18 12:16 PM

You feel that Mueller's investigation wasn't thorough and complete, or are you just throwing out a nifty non-sequitur?

#29 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-09-18 01:24 PM | Reply

Yeah, well, half the country wants to get rid of guns and our Founders included that in the Constitution as well.

#26 | Posted by humtake

Wrong. That was an AMENDMENT. Meaning ADDED and CHANGED later. And they thought "arms" were muskets that took 20 seconds to load. They didn't forsee sociopaths being able to buy guns that could wipe out crowds of people. But they did write the constitution to be a LIVING document that was meant to ADAPT to new circumstances. It's not the 10 commandments carved in stone as the gun humpers pretend.

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 01:27 PM | Reply

The media is a bane to our country today and only serves to make things worse.

#25 | Posted by humtake a

The con man tells you to hate and mistrust the media because the media is where you hear about his crimes. If he can make chumps like you not trust the media he can get away with anything. The fact that you fall for it makes you look really stupid.

#31 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 01:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Poor rich white male servant of a white male "billionaire". Always a victim."

White guys have trouble seeing beyond their own experience. Rich white guys generally are more afflicted with this problem. Just yesterday somebody here was complaining about gender binary non-conforming people would cost the Democrats the election if they demanded to be treated with respect.

#32 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-09-18 01:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

White guys have trouble seeing beyond their own experience. Rich white guys generally are more afflicted with this problem. Just yesterday somebody here was complaining about gender binary non-conforming people would cost the Democrats the election if they demanded to be treated with respect.

#32 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine

Why do you feel the need to misrepresent that argument?

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 01:32 PM | Reply

Yeah, well, half the country wants to get rid of guns and our Founders included that in the Constitution as well. Doesn't stop those people from trying to change it. If that's allowed, then it only stands to reason people are allowed to not hold obligations regarding any other Amendment. It's very very sad but that's our country today.

#26 | Posted by humtake at 2019

So this is how you'll rationalize the Second Republic of The United States, led by President for Life Donald Trump?

If you kiss his ass, maybe he'll let you keep your guns. Maybe.

#34 | Posted by Zed at 2019-09-18 02:04 PM | Reply

Yeah, well, half the country wants to get rid of guns and our Founders included that in the Constitution as well. Doesn't stop those people from trying to change it. If that's allowed, then it only stands to reason people are allowed to not hold obligations regarding any other Amendment. It's very very sad but that's our country today.

#26 | Posted by humtake at 2019

Dems dont want sociopaths to be able to murder classrooms of children, THEREFORE republicans don't have to value truth or facts in any form.
Perfect logic.
Why do dems make republicans take such horrible positions?

#35 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 02:45 PM | Reply

When a person such as Lewandowski proclaims he has no obligation to tell the truth, that should tell any reasonably intelligent person with even just a little integrity that Lewandowski is a liar and the lowest form of partisan scum on this planet. He has ZERO credibility with anyone other than rightwing hacks. And that's how Trump planned to drain the swamp?

#36 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-09-18 02:48 PM | Reply

The only obligation a politician has is to the voters and upholding the standards that the voters expect.

If the voters expect a politician to be truthful, then he has an obligation to be truthful. Otherwise he can lie to the public and the media all he (or she) wants, assuming no laws are broken.

It is no surprise that the conservatives here believe that a politician has no obligation to not be a liar.

And who wants to bet that Lewandowski will run as a Republican (if he does at all).

You get the politicians you deserve, and conservatives definitely deserve Lewandowski (and Trump for that matter).

And the Democrats deserved Obama. I am proud to say that.

#37 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-09-18 02:56 PM | Reply

#36 | Posted by moder8

Any reasonably intelligent person already knew that by the sheer fact that he works for trump. There isn't a single person close to trump who isn't an utter sociopaht besides maybe a couple military guys who are just trying to prevent trump from blowing up the whole world.

#38 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 02:56 PM | Reply

I don't know what is so hard to understand here. The media lies about politicians and politicians lie to the media ALL THE TIME. If you are surprised by this in the least, you are naive beyond belief.

#2 | Posted by iragoldberg

And that is a fact.

#39 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-09-18 04:13 PM | Reply

Tell us again why a private citizen is under any obligation to tell the media ANYTHING, much less be truthful about it, when the White House is a bulls#t factory?

#12 | POSTED BY MUSTANG AT 2019-09-18 10:52 AM | REPLY |

Honest, moral people are honest and moral all the time except with a few exceptions. They enforce high standards on themselves regardless of what anyone else is doing.

Dishonest, amoral people are dishonest and amoral all the time. They enforce extremely low standards on themselves and need an external impetus to force them to be honest and moral and then think it should be celebrated.

#40 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-09-18 05:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#39 | POSTED BY SNIPER

I understand why you feel that way. You are right that all the Republicans are crappy, immoral liars.

And you disagree ideologically with all the Democrats, so are super sensitive to categorize anything they say that turns out not to be true as a "lie".

For instance, I think it is very likely that Obama actually thought that most people would be able to keep their doctors when he said "If you like your doctor, you'll be able to keep your doctor." And Hillary probably did think that the Benghazi attack was, in large part, a "response to inflammatory material posted on the internet". That these statements later turned out to be incorrect does not make them lies because a lie implies the liar KNOWS their statement is incorrect.

But, Republicans blatantly lie, and the Republican base allows that with no political repercussions. So, I understand why you think everyone "lies". Because the people you "would" believe you KNOW are lying to you, and the you don't want to hear from the people who are likely to tell you the truth.

Its just like all the Republicans I heard tell me that there were "no good options" in the last election. For you there were not. There was the Republican who is a narcissistic, corrupt liar. And there was the Democrat who you fundamentally disagreed with.

I, on the other hand, thought there WAS a good option. I agree with you that the narcissistic, corrupt Republican was a bad option, but since I did not have your fundamental ideological disagreement with Hillary, and she is not a narcissistic, corrupt liar, I saw her as a good option.

#41 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-09-18 05:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Why do dems make republicans take such horrible positions?"

This is an excellent question, even though you asked it facetiously.

When the Republicans know the Democrats will move to the right in order not to alienate potential right of center voters there's really no disincentive for them to take a more moderate, reasonable point of view. .

#42 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-09-18 05:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Disincentive should be incentive. I edited my comment and missed that one.

#43 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-09-18 05:36 PM | Reply

They didn't forsee sociopaths being able to buy guns that could wipe out crowds of people. But they did write the constitution to be a LIVING document that was meant to ADAPT to new circumstances. It's not the 10 commandments carved in stone as the gun humpers pretend.
#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 01:27 PM

Ah, words of feeling spoken from ignorance.
The Girandoni Repeating Air Rifle
firearmshistory.blogspot.com
Created in 1779, used by Austrian Army in 1780 fired 20 .46 caliber ball.
The 2nd Amendment was adopted over a decade later. Fortunately the signers weren't as ignorant of the world as those with all the knowledge needed at their fingertips, but an unwillingness to learn.

#44 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-09-18 05:51 PM | Reply

And the Democrats deserved Obama. I am proud to say that. #37 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-09-18 02:56 PM
First President to have ever earned the 'Lie of the Year' award. I'm sure you are proud.
www.politifact.com

#45 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-09-18 05:56 PM | Reply

Paulette Feeney @PauletteParis1

Call @RepJerryNadler at the House Judiciary Committee number... Ask for a vote of contempt for Lewandowski.
(202) 225-3951

I just spoke with an aide at House Judiciary (Democrats).
They are keeping a tally of calls pushing for a vote of contempt.
Keep calling! (202) 225-3951
#1 to leave message
#2 to speak with a human

#46 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-09-19 12:05 AM | Reply

The media is a bane to our country today and only serves to make things worse.

#25 | Posted by humtake at 2019-09-18 12:43 PM | R

Someone needs to teach them a lesson.

#47 | Posted by Zed at 2019-09-19 07:56 AM | Reply

The media is a bane to our country today and only serves to make things worse.

#25 | Posted by humtake at 2019-09-18 12:43 PM | R

If Trump were reported "fairly" he'd still be an incompetent, corrupt, dick.

You want obedience, not justice.

#48 | Posted by Zed at 2019-09-19 07:59 AM | Reply

#45 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

Well, since they have only been doing it since 2009, it would be hard for them to have it for any previous presidents. And your Republican president earned the same honor in 2017.

So, another way of phrasing your post is that EVERY president has gotten a "Lie of the Year" since it started.

I am still proud of Obama and am happy to claim him. How proud are you of Trump?

#49 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-09-19 09:52 AM | Reply

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