Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
The corrupt media misses the real news, as usual. – In a wide-ranging interview with Laura Ingraham to be aired on Fox News Thursday night, Attorney General William Barr slams the corrupt news media for “waging a jihad” against hydroxychloroquine simply because President Donald Trump has spoken positively about it. This is the focus of headlines about the interview by media outlets both leftist and conservative this morning.
Here is an excerpt in a Washington Times piece about Barr’s HCQ-related comments:
Attorney General William P. Barr Wednesday accused the media of attacking hydroxycholoroquine solely because President Trump has suggested it could treat the coronavirus.
“Before the president said anything about it, there was fair and balanced coverage of this very promising drug and the fact that it had such a long track record, and soon as [President Trump] said something positive about it the media has been on a jihad to discredit this drug,” Mr. Barr said in an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingharam. “It’s quite strange.”
Mr. Trump has been urging federal health officials to make hydroxycholorquine more widely available as the coronavirus spreads, but others insist there is little evidence the drug will be effective.
The WashTimes also includes this bit of truth from Barr about the corrupt media:
“I think the president went out at the beginning of this thing and was statesman-like — trying to bring people together, trying to work with all the governors, keeping his patience as he got these snarky gotcha questions from the White House media pool — and the stridency of the partisan attacks on him has gotten higher and higher and it’s disappointing to see,” he said. “The stridency of the partisan attacks and the politicization of hydroxychloroquine has been amazing to me,” he said.
Barr also made the following accurate remarks as captured in a piece by SF Gate:
“I am concerned that we not get into the business of declaring everything an emergency and then using these kinds of sweeping, extraordinary steps,” Barr said. “But given where we were back in March, I think the president made the right decision.”
Barr noted the economics of the shutdown could cost lives. For example, he said, cancer researchers were likely at home now, not doing their critical work.
“We will have a weaker health care system if we go into a deep depression,” Barr said. “So just measured in lives, the cure cannot be worse than the disease.”
These are all very good, cutting remarks that make for nice headlines that attract clicks to media web pages. But they are also not the real news in this interview, news that is not included even in the report on the interview at Fox New’s own website.
To get that, you have to go view a Twitter thread by Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky. Towards the end of that thread, Zapotosky quotes Barr as follows:
Previewing segment Fox plans to air tomorrow, Barr says what happened to Trump in Russia investigation was “one of the greatest travesties in American history." Probe, he says, was started "without any basis" & steps taken post-election were meant "to sabotage the presidency"
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) April 9, 2020
Why is this news? Because in the past, AG Barr has always used speculative language regarding the origins of the Spygate operation run during 2016/17 by the deep state cabal within the DOJ and the FBI. He has always used qualifiers like “I suspect” or “we need to find out” when referring to his and U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into what was an outright coup d’etat effort on American soil.
To now directly call Spygate “one of the greatest travesties in American history” and to overtly state that the spying operation James Comey called “Crossfire Hurricane” was started “without any basis” and “meant to sabotage the presidency” is new, much more assertive language used by a man who is always very careful in the language he employs publicly. This is, in other words, a dramatic change in messaging.
Now, anyone can read this any way they prefer, but I read this as Mr. Barr sending a message that the Durham investigation has uncovered proof of the cabal’s seditious operations that he is willing to bring to court. He would not be making such unqualified statements of what can only be classified as treasonous actions if that were not the case.
That is all.
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