After the release of the Mueller report, Rush Limbaugh put his finger on the two lines the media are using to push more lies and fake news.
Limbaugh pointed out the media’s lies during the broadcast of his Thursday radio show after the 400-page Mueller report was released.
“We found no evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign, period, and we don’t have enough to say that there was any obstruction of justice,” Limbaugh said of the report’s conclusions.
But, Limbaugh then suggested, the media can’t handle this “disappointing” (to them) conclusion. Instead, Limbaugh noted, they are dead set on finding something to keep their favored collusion/obstruction narratives (lies) going. To Limbaugh’s eyes, thus far they’ve found two passages — both of which are being distorted to spread lies and fake news.
Limbaugh said that the first quote that CNN and others began using to paint a false picture about what the report actually says is Trump saying when he first learned that the special counsel was appointed: “Oh my god. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f***ed.”
“Well, now, you can imagine how that is going to be analyzed and amplified on,” said Limbaugh. “‘Well! (sputtering) That obviously means Trump knew he was guilty. It obviously meant the inspector was going to get to the bottom of it and that was the end of his presidency.'”
“Again, Robert Mueller concluded that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — and about that, he is perfectly clear,” Limbaugh continued. “Trump is exonerated on the collusion business. There isn’t and wasn’t any. … But why put [the Trump quote] in the report? Precisely to feed these appetites that Mueller knows the media is going to have.”
“Now, here’s what Trump actually said about the appointment of the special counsel,” said Limbaugh going on to quote: “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 worse thing that ever happened to me.'”
“That’s what he said, not the way CNN is excerpting it. ‘Oh, my God. I’m screwed! Aw, jeez,’ as though the independent counsel’s gonna catch him in illegalities,” Limbaugh said. “Trump was not talking about that. He was talking about how these investigations paralyze presidents. … Folks, this is so damned despicable, I’m having trouble not being profane here today. … CNN is saying the president acknowledged that the special counsel being appointed screws his presidency. They are attempting to conclude here that Trump was guilty, and the special counsel was gonna find the guilt and that Trump knew it! They’re doing this specifically to counter the conclusion that there was no collusion!”
Rush also highlighted a second passage from the report that the media are trying to turn into some sort of fake news bombshell.
“The Drive-By Media also seizing on the part of the Mueller report where it says — I’m paraphrasing here — ‘if we had confidence Trump didn’t obstruct justice, we would so state,'” said Limbaugh. “Now, stop and think of that for a second. ‘If we had confidence Trump didn’t obstruct justice, we would so state.’ There you have it. That is a made-to-order morsel for these loon brains at CNN and MSNBC and everybody else in the Drive-By Media to pick up and run off with.”
“In other words, even though they couldn’t find a single example of Trump obstructing justice, they aren’t sure he didn’t and they just didn’t find it,” said Rush. “I mean, this is a prosecutorial investigation. … This is not permitted under Justice Department law. You do not ‘not charge’ somebody after an investigation and then list all the things you think they did. That’s what Comey did to Hillary, and that’s why he got into a little heap big trouble here. Not supposed to do that. That’s why some people are worried about what’s happening to our rule of law, the Department of Justice — this, folks, it is beyond description.”
Limbaugh concluded saying the media are busy cherrypicking excerpts of the report and attempting to spin them in a way that maintains their debunked narratives. “People are reading excerpts from the Mueller report at CNN and MSNBC, New York Times, and they’re rewriting it in the form of transcribing it or simplifying it, taking some of the legalese out of it so that their audiences can understand it. And in the process of doing this they are literally manufacturing things.”
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