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Monday, October 26, 2020

Arthur Schwartz, a New York public relations man close to President Trump's eldest son, Donald Jr. ... [a White House lawyer, Eric Herschmann, and a former deputy White House counsel, Stefan Passantino] had pinned their hopes for re-electing the president on a fourth guest, a straight-shooting Wall Street Journal White House reporter named Michael Bender. They delivered the goods to him there: a cache of emails detailing Hunter Biden's business activities, and, on speaker phone, a former business partner of Hunter Biden's named Tony Bobulinski.

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Mr. Bobulinski was willing to go on the record in The Journal with an explosive claim: that Joe Biden, the former vice president, had been aware of, and profited from, his son's activities. The Trump team left believing that The Journal would blow the thing open and their excitement was conveyed to the president.

As the debate ended, The Wall Street Journal published a brief item ... [t]he core of it was that Mr. Bobulinski had failed to prove the central claim. "Corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden," The Journal reported.

The McLean group's failed attempt to sway the election is partly just another story revealing the chaotic, threadbare quality of the Trump operation " a far cry from the coordinated "disinformation" machinery feared by liberals.

But it's also about a larger shift in the American media, one in which the gatekeepers appear to have returned after a long absence.

We'll have to wait and see on that last part, but let it be noted with emphasis, The Wall Street Journal was teed up with a dubious story about the Bidens less than 3 weeks before Election Day and they actually did due diligence and found the story's foundation wanting even though their preferred candidate's political life may have depended upon them doing the exact opposite.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-25 10:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

WSJ is no NY Post.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2020-10-25 11:03 PM | Reply

@#2 ... WSJ is no NY Post. ...

Why?

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-25 11:17 PM | Reply

Because the Post would have run with the story.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2020-10-25 11:49 PM | Reply

"This is what you are hanging your hat on now? "

That a usually compliant business publication listened to all the evidence, and concluded it wasn't to be trusted??? That's a pretty decent hat rack.

"We all know the answer - you don't mind corruption one bit"

My irony meter just pegged. Remind us: you're voting for the guy who stole money from a childrens' charity, right? The guy who had to pay $25 million to settle fraud allegations after calling something a "University" without an iota of accreditation, right? The guy who paid off a porn star he banged while his wife was nursing their infant child, right?

"It is why you turn a blind eye when other corrupt kids of your political masters do this..."

Annnnnd....now the irony meter exploded.

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-10-26 12:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 12

#5 but Trump is worse. :b

#7 | Posted by ichiro at 2020-10-26 01:21 AM | Reply

Here's another story someone's selling:

Pat Robertson: "The Lord told me Trump will be reelected & help set off the Apocalypse"

Robertson's been selling the end times for decades. Just like Trumpsters do, his minions suck up his bulls*** as truth.

#8 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-10-26 02:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Who's the new sock puppet? I'm guessing Jeffry.

#9 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-10-26 04:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#10 | Posted by Get_Real_Now

Yer funny, dude.

#11 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-10-26 07:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Re: #10

You said "Leftist"

#12 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-10-26 07:38 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

That's different... a sock puppet not claiming to be a liberal democrat.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-10-26 07:55 AM | Reply

You don't even debate the authenticity of the emails anymore because we all know they are authentic.

There is no debate over the authenticity because everybody but Trump cultists knows they're fake.

What email program do you use that saves emails as PDFs on the hard drive? Where did you see the metadata for the emails?

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2020-10-26 08:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

OK so goatshart is back as MoonUnit.

Who is get_real_now?

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2020-10-26 08:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"OK so goatshart is back as MoonUnit."

Definitely plausible. The MO is similar but not identical, plus Goatma(m) one of those who have gone on the record as a Zappa fan here.

#16 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-10-26 10:18 AM | Reply

"You sounded like less of a Leftist hack when you were screeching that the emails were Russian dis-information."

I've never posted a single keystone on the subject. You're clearly confusing me with someone else.

"But, seems like you have accepted that they are true now"

Not for a moment. The WSJ listened to all the evidence, and concluded the accusation was NOT proven.

You sound as desperate as you are, Sock Puppet.

#17 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-10-26 10:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Where did you see the metadata for the emails?"

Careful what you ask for: I guarantee, you're not going to like the smell, based on where Schitttsburg pulled it from.

#18 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-10-26 10:23 AM | Reply

"because it is all about Leftist power for you."

Nah.

For me, it's one candidate is good, and the other is scum. And you support scum.

Birds of a feather, I guess....

#19 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-10-26 10:24 AM | Reply

"Who is get_real_now?"

Schittsburg.

#20 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-10-26 10:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I don't understand why those pathetic f&%$s keep coming back.

They make a big stink about leaving and then try to sneak in as if they won't be noticed.

F*^% off sausage partiers. Nobody misses you and nobody wants you here.

#21 | Posted by jpw at 2020-10-26 10:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Get Real NOW is Jeff

#22 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-10-26 10:40 AM | Reply

Why is everybody so afraid of GOATMAN?

#23 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-10-26 10:50 AM | Reply

Would you invite a dog who is known for dropping explosive diarrhea piles all over the rugs into your house?

It's not "afraid," it's "don't want to deal with the bullsh*& hassle."

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2020-10-26 10:53 AM | Reply

"They make a big stink about leaving and then try to sneak in as if they won't be noticed."

Remember "Goatman Leaves"...? That entire whiney thread where he gave all the reasons he'd never come back???

Ahhh...good times.

#25 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-10-26 10:55 AM | Reply

What is the point of grown a-- adults creating obviously fake accounts using the same ridiculous verbiage as the original loser that took their balls and ran away.

It's sad.... really sad. There are dozens if not more places you could choose to go where your swill will be lapped up.

But you come on the DR for what? To get your lunch served to you every day?

#26 | Posted by bocaink at 2020-10-26 10:57 AM | Reply

JPW @ #24

"It's not "afraid," it's "don't want to deal with the bullsh*& hassle."

You don't have to. That's what killfiles are for.

#27 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-10-26 11:02 AM | Reply

"You don't have to. That's what killfiles are for."

True...but that way, every Goatman-hijacked thread ends up looking like Swiss cheese.

#28 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-10-26 11:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

No real man plonks anyone.. No REAL man.

#29 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2020-10-26 11:38 AM | Reply

No REAL man.

#29 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

What about the women? They have rights too.

In spite of you Christians.

#30 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-26 11:45 AM | Reply

Forgoing killfiles is a trait of masculinity and heterosexuality apparently. Got it.

#31 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-10-26 11:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

I actually plonked several posters, but I can't unplonk them because their accounts are all gone. They were:

revimoun,
aninpan,
maynetzva,
graclocgo,

for all those links to sex sites.

#32 | Posted by YAV at 2020-10-26 12:14 PM | Reply

I plonk only 2 posters.

I decided I no longer cared what they post, I have no desire to correct them nor debate them.

In order for plonks to work for you individually, you have to be able to resist the inclination to argue with them.

IOW, you have to let it go and not give a ----.

#33 | Posted by eberly at 2020-10-26 12:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Utilizing killfiles is akin to removing bird droppings from your car's windshield. Leaving them on just obstructs oe's view of what's important.

#34 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-10-26 12:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#10 | POSTED BY GET_REAL_NOW

The main difference is that everything Danforth mentioned has been proven in court. The charity scams, the university scam, the payoffs, all proven fact.
The Biden thing has not been proven anywhere.

#35 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-10-26 12:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Liberals used to care about corruption - you now longer have even earned the title of Liberal - you are Leftist hacks, nothing more.

#5 | Posted by Get_Real_Now

Watching a trump cult member pretend to care about corruption is adorable.

#36 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-10-26 03:56 PM | Reply

#5 | Posted by Get_Real_Now

When someone provides an actual email with intact metadata, I will pay attention but even that can be faked by the truly skilled... It's amateur hour if they don't bother to fake it. And depending on the age there MAY still be log files out there - that is a real long shot given the age though. I have a couple servers with log files back to then but I am an exception. But the only thing provided are PDF files? Something smells like a week dead whale carcass backing in tropical heat.

Frankly it's amazing how gullible Trumpists gobble Russian and Iranian disinformation as well as make believe propaganda generated by the unknown Qs of the world. All over the place with this "evidence" the right keeps turning up fed by Russians. Funny how it's okay the Russian hack a "hack" like Podesta and never hack anyone on the right but it's okay with righties that foreign governments "generate" evidence against the party they fear. It's so bad even the WSJ won't publish and you gobble up the sheet Trump and Co are shoveling.

#37 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-10-26 08:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I've never plonked a soul here. I've strongly disagreed with quite a few, and found a fair number to be obnoxious trolls more interested in word games and personal grievance than in legitimate discussion of important topics, but I don't like to filter the threads.

On topic, in the words of the great philosopher Nelson Muntz, "Ha ha."

#38 | Posted by cbob at 2020-10-26 09:46 PM | Reply

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