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Imagine you see someone standing on the sidewalk as a car passes, going through a mud puddle that splashes all over him. The next day you read about the event in a newspaper. The headline says, “Auto Driver Tries to Drown Pedestrian,” and you realize you are reading The New York Times, the same paper that tried to make it sound evil that President Donald Trump had a telephone call with the prime minister of Australia.

The call was not all that extraordinary, just the kind of thing presidents sometimes have to do.

The Justice Department, you see, is investigating whether the Mueller probe into Trump allegedly colluding with the Russians was baselessly instigated by government officials. We already have had some scary developments along those lines, and, if it should be true, this could be even worse than Russian interference with our elections. If our own government and partisan politicians get away with turning laws and principles upside down so that bureaucrats instead of voters decide with help from members of Congress who presidents are, the America republic is gone, kaput, finished.

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They are at it again, with the usual assistance of certain news outlets that are more nearly views outlets. Part of the Justice Department probe concerns Australians playing a role in the shenanigans, and so, before department agents started checking out these people, Trump was asked to call to assure the prime minister’s concurrence. As a signal of the threats to our system of governance, sources of some devious kind related the call’s content to the Times, which had this to say, high up in a front-page story:

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“The president is using federal law enforcement powers to aid his political prospects, settle scores with his perceived ‘deep state’ enemies and show that the Mueller investigation had corrupt, partisan origins.”

This opinion, which does not belong in a straight news story, runs counter to the fact that Trump’s phone call was run-of-the-mill stuff in this sort of situation. What’s more, the idea of “corrupt, partisan origins” of a two-year, multimillion-dollar effort finding nothing is hardly a Trump invention. It is the consequence of revelations the Times surely has noticed. This current investigation appears far more justified than the Mueller embarrassment, and attacks on Attorney General William Barr for his role are also absurd. He’s supposed to sit back and twirl his thumbs when our democracy is at stake?

Of course, the media focus has lately been on Trump’s impeachment-inducing Ukrainian phone call, which could be serious if Trump is proven to have had ulterior motives in temporarily withholding aid to Ukraine. But even this case is mostly flimsy and the accusers have plenty to answer for. The whistleblower, for instance, is not a whistleblower in the usual sense. This person seems to have based his or her charges on what others said, not direct knowledge, and now he or she wants to remain unidentified. The reason cited is fear of physical attack when the real fear may be that the whole truth comes out. But if necessary, surround the person with troops.

This business of revealing what is said in presidential phone calls is itself frightening, to say the least. How can presidents and foreign leaders have candid, strategic exchanges if the whole world has a chance to learn what was said. Those telling us it’s wrong to try harder to protect the information would probably advise unlocked doors after burglaries.

What I am writing is a self-confessed opinion article, not a straight news story, and so I think it is OK for me to end with a sentence about the Times like the sentence I quoted by the Times: The newspaper is using freedom of the press to aid its get-Trump agenda, flatten those whose common sense gets in the way and show that this president is guilty of everything and anything no matter what the facts are.

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Tribune News columnist Jay Ambrose can be reached at speaktojay@aol.com.

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Jobaba

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/08/politics/washington-post-poll-trump-impeachment/index.html

oldhomey

The asininity of Jay Ambrose just never ceases to amaze me. How somebody could get paid good money to write this mindless dreck is a prime example: "Imagine you see someone standing on the sidewalk as a car passes, going through a mud puddle that splashes all over him. The next day you read about the event in a newspaper. The headline says, “Auto Driver Tries to Drown Pedestrian,” and you realize you are reading The New York Times . . . "



Puh-LEEZE, Mr. Ambrose, even you could come up with something a little stronger and sensible than that. What follows is worse. This whole baiting of a "Deep State" notion would be laughable except that there is always a portion of the public, especially now being egged on by artful use of internet propaganda by Russian intelligence intent on sowing disruption in our system of government, are willing to believe it. The point is, these are credible reports of a badly misplaced man in the White House overstepping his bounds. If you want to believe it is a CIA/FBI conspiracy to undo the presidency, let's pull out all the stops. Let the relevant documents be examined. Let the relevant people be called in for questioning, including the whistle blowers, the Secretary of State and other cabinet members and even the president himself. Let us see what happened. Let us all walk away from this nightmare with the assurance that we know who the malefactors are and who are the actual heroes and patriots. But this b.s. being shopped around by third rate propagandists like Jay Ambrose has to be exposed for what it is, false, distracting and dangerous. This man does not deserve the job he has.

DaisyL

Talk about being blinded by the light....Ambrose again has drank from the Trump Kool Aide bowl & his fawning of #45 is endless drivel. Apparently the CIA, the FBI, Mueller, the Constitution, along with any & all news reporters as well as public blasts from Trump saying he did ask for dirt on an opposition candidate are dead wrong & Trump is just being misunderstood and there really is nothing to see here. Unconscienable is what I say.

martian2

Ambrose tries to go after NYT in his goofy column without much success. He talks about blurring the lines between fact and opinion, but he fails to mention the one outlet that does it constantly. Fox news channel, an entertainment channel, constantly spins and twists news stories to satisfy its right wing owner. It purposely blurs the lines of fact and opinion and many are too stupid to see that. So that is how the dumbing down of America has come into being, voting the most corrupt and inept person to the white house. And still defend him despite over whelming evidence. You just can't fix stupid.

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