Thursday, October 17, 2019

Third Saturday in October: Us vs Y'all

A version of this has appeared in this space (almost) every year since this blog started publishing with its own domain in 2010. Enjoy.

Alabama plays Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

This is one of the most intense and storied rivalries in SEC and college football history. For many Alabama fans, Tennessee is the program's most despised rival, even over that thing we have on the last regular season game of every year. For many Tennessee fans, this rivalry’s intensity exceeds the one they have with Florida.

On the field, Tennessee has beaten Alabama 37 times. No other team on the planet can claim 37 victories against Alabama.

Tennessee has 13 SEC Championships. No other school in the league is as close to Alabama’s 27.

Tennessee rightfully claims six National Championships. No other team in the SEC is as close as Alabama’s 17.

Beginning in 1995 with Peyton Manning as a sophomore leading the band in that absolutely awful Rocky Top song in Knoxville, Tennessee ran off a streak of seven straight victories in the series. No team in the SEC has ever beaten Alabama seven straight times and it may not ever happen again.

Alabama currently has the longest streak by either team, with 12 straight wins. There are 6th graders in Knoxville that have never seen Tennessee beat Alabama in their whole life, and their parents don't like that very much.

Alabama and Tennessee both have 12 shutouts in the series. No other team has ever kept Alabama scoreless 12 times.

These are the two marquee programs of SEC Football lore. These are the two flagships. Florida may have more fans and more TV viewers. Georgia, too. But no two programs have done more on the field than Alabama and Tennessee.

Nobody.

No two programs can claim head coaching legends like Paul W. Bryant and General Robert Neyland.

Neyland said: “You never know what a football player is made of until he plays against Alabama.” Bryant said: “Yeah, Auburn’s got a pretty good team but Tennessee is the one you gotta look out for.”

It’s 11 decades of college football at its finest and most intense.

Early in the series and up until the advent of televised football games, both teams wore their home colors. Tennessee in their bright Orange; Alabama in their deep Crimson. What better symbol of Autumn could there be than seeing these two line up against each other in colors like that?

One of my earliest football memories was listening to the 1972 game on the patio with my father. Bama was down 10-3 late in the fourth quarter due to a very stout Tennessee defense. But the Tide somehow managed to score two touchdowns in under two minutes and pulled out a 17-10 victory. Bama play-by-play announcer John Forney was nearly unintelligible as the final seconds ran off the clock, but my father’s grin as he pulled out the Victory Cigar was all I needed to be told—beating Tennessee is special.

It’s the Third Saturday in October.

It’s Us vs Y’all.

If the press doesn't like being called "FAKE NEWS," they could maybe stop doing this...


Almost every gun nut in the U.S. of freakin' A knows what the Knob Creek Gun Range in Bullitt County Kentucky is. They all know what it's famous for.  A lot of'em have been there just for the opportunity to "oooh" and "ahh" at awesome displays of firepower like that displayed in the video that appeared and went viral Sunday night. Unfortunately for ABC, it went viral for the wrong reasons.

So why did ABC News think they could get away with hijacking a video of a Knob Creek show finale and pawn it off as footage of an attack half the world away from Knob Creek?

I have a theory that makes perfect sense. The producers, technical staff and copy editors at ABC have never been to Knob Creek, or any gun range anywhere in the country. They've never held a gun, much less fired one. Because they live, work and recreate in their little concrete bubble of the urban echo chamber, they think everyone living out here in the real world is just like them.

They all live in the same kind of apartments. They all ride the same trains, stop at the same Starbucks, eat at the same Chipotle, yack on the same phones, listen to the same music and hit the same websites and use the same apps. They all like the same pictures, downvote the same posts and block the same trolls. They're automatons.

So when they went to Youtube or Vimeo for some footage they could use in a story about how bad orange man was getting people killed in Syria, they ran across the Knob Creek Gun Shoot from 2017 and said "wow... I've never seen anything like this before. It only has a few thousand(!) views so no one we know will know what this really is!"

By doing so, they played right into the "FAKE NEWS!" narrative, thereby reinforcing everything Donald Trump and smart Republicans have been talking about since the media stopped worrying about objectivity during the Clintonista Regime of the 1990's.

The news media really, really dislike being called out with  the "FAKE NEWS!" rant. They are their own worst enemies when they make unforced errors like this. They're incapable of helping themselves. Their echo chamber is so tight that when Beto O'Rourke talks about confiscating semi-automatic rifles, all of the millennials in the room are shocked when the hunters and ranchers in Arizona, Iowa and Pennsylvania go berserk and turn red. When Pocahontas says "Medicare for All!" the retirees in Florida go red with rage at the prospect of a youngster jumping to the front of a line they worked decades to be the head of.

ABC has apologized online for running the segment, but not on the air, or during prime time. Even if they did an on-the-air mea culpa, they can't un-ring the bell. This will be coming to a small city/small town/farm community near you. It will live for a very long time.

As you may know, President Trump decided last weekend to pull U.S. Special Forces out of a hotly disputed area between Turkey and Syria that had also been fought over by Kurds. This group has long sought an independent homeland and have been willing to fight for it for a very long time. From time to time, they have been U.S. allies in the fight against Al Qaeda, ISIS and Syrian forces backed by Russia and Iran. Turkey, Syria and Iraq have all had their issues with the Kurds. Turkey in particular has had a long and violent history with ethnic Kurds--they were a major part of the old Ottoman Empire before and during World War I. The Ottomans used Kurds extensively as part of their irregular forces called the Bashi Bazouks. Modern Turkey emerged from that war as an independent state, and the Turkish people have long memories of atrocities committed by the Bash Bazouk "terrorists" during the centuries of Ottoman rule.

Asia Minor is a seething hotbed of conflict and has been that way for centuries. Peace has traditionally been maintained from the Levant up through The Dardanelles and over through the Caucasus region by brutal force. It's a mix of ethnic friction, tribal feuds and turmoil. It's the main corridor of commerce between western Europe and Asia proper since antiquity. And... there's lots of petroleum in the area. "Regime change" conflicts are not new. They're baked into the area's daily bread.

Was Trump right or wrong to get U.S. Special operators out of there? We don't know, but the area of concern was going to be fought over sooner or later, whether our guys were there or not. Keeping them as a buffer between people who have hated each other since before this country was even a good idea... maybe not a smart bet. The issues are much too complicated for a bunch of young, pampered and insulated American urbanites to even understand. No wonder this "FAKE NEWS!" video popped up.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Can California Democrats buy an Alabama Senate seat?


Asking for Doug Jones. California residents have spent the most so far in supporting the usurper to the Sessions seat. But New York came in a close second.

The coastal elite like having one of their own representing Alabama in the highest house of Congress.

Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) continues to find that an overwhelming majority of his financial support base comes from outside of Alabama, raising 77.85% of his itemized individual contributions from out-of-state in the third quarter of 2019.

This means just 22.15% of his itemized individual funds raised were from individuals with Alabama addresses in Q3, according to Jones’ latest quarterly finance report filed with the FEC.

Comparatively, donations from California, New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland combined equated to 43.22% of Jones’ itemized individual contribution total.
Y'all be sure and visit the link. Yellowhammer News is good folks.

Dear Mr. President: Hewitt is right and you should REJECT the proposed 2020 debate plan


On the morning after a carefully choreographed and exquisitely scripted Democrat Presidential debate, Hugh Hewitt of the Salem Radio Network has a spot-on recommendation for the sitting President of the United States:
Last week, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the schedule of 2020 presidential debates. President Trump should quickly dismiss that schedule as unacceptable and announce that if any debates will be held at all in 2020, it will be only after extensive, direct negotiations between him and the eventual nominee of the Democratic Party and their respective designated representatives. And those negotiations should begin from a premise that the Republicans will no longer play by the biased rules of a deeply unbalanced Manhattan-Beltway media elite. Explicitly articulating this declaration of intent now, along with the possibility that, as in 1968 and 1972, there won’t be any debates, would do both the public and the elite media a great service.

According to a recent Gallup survey, 13 percent of Americans “have a great deal of trust” in the mass media and 28 percent “a fair amount,” with “69% of Democrats [saying] they have trust and confidence in it, while 15% of Republicans and 36% of independents agree.” So more than half the country distrusts the media, and that suspicion is overwhelming among those on the center-right. And why shouldn’t they be suspicious, given incidents such as moderator Candy Crowley’s infamous intervention in the second debate in 2012?

...

Trump is the incumbent who can restore presidential debates to serious exercises in exploring the crucial differences between the two major-party candidates, but he has to begin by taking a wrecking ball to the perceived entitlement of a system begun before cellphones and the Internet and built on the thoroughly debunked belief in media “objectivity.” So start over. There are plenty of alternatives, and the best would involve open access and genuinely smart, diverse questioners who are not rehearsed to seek conflict, headlines or ratings. A lesser dose of media celebrity is a higher dose of fairness to the voters. (And please, no more idiotic “town halls.”)
He is absolutely right. President Trump cannot allow the Democrats and the media dictate the terrain on which the 2020 battle for the White House will be fought. Trump is the incumbent. He is the home team and the defending naational champion, if you want to use a sports analogy. He occupies conquered territory and he should defend it on terms in which he has at least equal input.

The moment it appears that the media and the Democrats are unwilling to meet his demands for truly fair and objective debates, he should walk away and refuse further negotiations until they fully understand that his terms will be met.

Democrats and the media seek to stack the jury, script both the prosecution and defense and set the terms so that the outcomes are most favorable to whatever numbskull emerges with the Democrat nomination.

One need only look at two recent events to see how the left always throws fits until they get their way--the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination and the current ersatz "impeachment inquiry."

With the Kavanaugh nomination, Democrats rushed in at the very end of the "advice and consent" process with scurrilous allegations against a well-respected jurist and attempted to derail the nomination. They tried to rewrite the script and force a fight on their own terms. President Trump and Senate Republicans were dead-nuts right to stay the course on the process and win the vote.

With the current impeachment circus, Democrats and the media are conducting  yet another witch hunt behind closed doors, selectively leaking and carefully massaging the testimony of alleged "witnesses" and giving House Republicans none of the rights granted the minority had in all three prior impeachment processes.

The left stacks the deck at every opportunity presented to them. President Trump should reject the proposed debate schedule and force the media to negotiate in good faith. If they refuse, just walk away.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Continued: Project Veritas drops another BOMB on CNN


"The most trusted name in news..." can be trusted to pick winners and losers in the Democrat debates. If you're a Democrat and you're undecided still on who to support for the 2020 nomination for President, you will don't have to watch the debate tonight. CNN has already decided who the winners and losers will be.

Project Veritas and James O'Keefe plan to continue dropping the bombs on the network all week.
It won't matter if one or two of the candidates currently drawing single digit support can carefully articulate a policy position you like. It won't matter if it has the legs to really move the discussion. CNN has already decided that it's a loser because Zucker likes someone else better.

It's not like CNN has much credibility left to trash. Remember, this is the network that in 2017 ran a bogus story based on one unnamed source claiming Trump pal Anthony Scaramucci was to be indicted for his ties to a Russian investment fund. The network ended up retracting the story and the three "journalists" were sacrificial scapegoats. They also claimed they had evidence that Donald Trump Jr. had been offered advance access to hacked Democratic emails in Wikileaks' possession. Also false, but this one dirtied MSNBC and Dirty Dan Rather's old outfit, CBS News.

Oh... guess who's televising the debate tonight?

Bonus coverage:

Monday, October 14, 2019

And so it begins... Project Veritas drops first chunk of secretly recorded CNN video


It looks like James O'Keefe and his Project Veritas operation are going to slow-drip this expose' of CNN's inability to behave like "the most trusted name in news." We're in for a little bit over time. If the PV folks are being truthful about the sheer volume of material like this, we could be in for a long popcorn munch.
The Project Veritas website has been suffering from yo-yo-itis due to the crush of visitors so I had to crawl into the sewer that is Twitter to get this for you.

This really couldn't come at a worse time for CNN. They and MSNBC are struggling to beat Fox News in prime time together. With the fiasco of the Mueller Report failure blown up in their faces, their credibility needs a boost, not a bust.

Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Alabama Crimson Tide is becoming the team the nation feared it would be


Giving up 28 points to a "middlin'" Texas A&M team would have led to pearl clutching and hauling out of the fainting couches just 10 years ago. I admit to feeling a little light-headed after the Aggies' opening drive. That drive ate half of the first quarter, took 14 plays and resulted in the first opening drive TD Bama has given up all season. But by the time the teams trotted into the locker room with the Tide up 24-13, you knew that this was gonna be one for the good guys.

Aggie QB Kellen Mond was the only real weapon Jimbo Fisher had in his arsenal and he got 90 yards on the ground and 264 through the air. Most of it was in garbage time and stats don't tell the story of how the Tide defense handled him. Terrell Lewis, Christian Barmore and Anfernee Jennings weren't letting the Aggies do anything when they needed to. There's no substitute for the combo of depth and experience in the front seven and Alabama is developing both. Splendidly.

On the other side of the ball, the gradual change from the pass-first attack of early September into the deadly efficient balanced pro set we'll need in November and beyond is nearly complete. As this space predicted weeks ago, guard Deonte Brown is changing the whole texture of the Tide ground attack. Alabama ran the ball when they wanted to and threw it when they wanted to, mostly with positive results. Brown was 350+ pounds of murder against Aggie defenders and regularly terrorized the second level. Accordingly, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson combined for 165 yards.

Tua Tagovailoa made only two mistakes, but both were in the red zone. One was a failure to read a fake blitz and resulted in the season's first INT. The other was a miscommunication with WR Jerry Jeudy. Other than that, he was Heisman efficient. He hit seven different receivers for 295 yards and three scores and set a school record for career TD passes. What's scariest for all future opponents is that he's getting even better. He's checking down his receivers to find the open man and he's gaining more confidence. He's improvising as the play develops and making stuff happen instead of panicking ala the 2018 SEC Championship and that Clemson nightmare.

Bama needs to tweak the red zone performance. We need to see fewer penalties--especially the ones that suggest a lack of composure and personal discipline. Defensive consistency needs to improve--there's no such thing as taking a play off and letting the other guys break out and make a play.  Yes, there's lots of young blood on the D side of the ball but a missed tackle is a lack of effort, not a lack of ability. These are not fatal flaws though, and they can all be outgrown.

What we're seeing is a talented, well coached and very deep football team hitting mid-season stride just in time. With LSU, Auburn and Georgia or Florida still ahead, we're about where we'd like to be.

Liberals should listen to their own intellectuals about the impeachment witch hunt


As a virtual founding member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, there are precious few liberals whom I hold in high regard. These are men of principle but they are almost always wrong on policy because they are always wrong in philosophy. A few of the few are former Senator Joe Lieberman, constitutional scholars Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley and media members Geraldo Rivera and Matt Taibbi (see my footnote at the end).

With the exception of Lieberman (so far), all have been vocal in their alarm-sounding about the current push by Democrats and commercial media to impeach President Donald Trump and remove him from office.  Every one of those speaking out say that this is going too far too fast; that the people behind it are worse than the man they're targeting; that their motives are corrupt and that only great harm can come to this Republic if it isn't halted. The brinksmanship is dangerous and it has the potential to escalate into catastrophe no one can predict.

Dershowitz first, arguing that the Founding Fathers would refuse to impeach Trump:
[T]he case for impeaching President Trump based on the available evidence is extremely weak. The phone call to the president of Ukraine may have been ill advised, but that is a judgment for voters to make. There is nothing in the call that even approaches the constitutional criteria for impeachment and removal of a president. Nor does the special counsel report contain evidence that would justify impeachment. Democrats are seeking to weaponize the Constitution for partisan purposes.

This is not the first time in our history this has happened. Both President Johnson and President Clinton were improperly impeached. Johnson committed no crime, and if Clinton committed a crime, it was not a high crime. It was a low crime involving his personal conduct. Only President Nixon was properly subjected to impeachment and the prospect of removal because he had committed high crimes.
I disagreed with Dershowitz in 1998 and I still do, now. It was proper to impeach Clinton. In my view, lying under oath about anything is a high crime. But in retrospect it was proper for the Senate to acquit him and that the shame of impeachment was punishment enough.

To our knowledge, President Trump hasn't been untruthful about the call with President Zelensky. You may find it improper, but Trump has been blatantly open and honest about it, and we have to take Zelensky's word that he felt no pressure from his American counterpart.

Taibbi next, who says that while he finds Trump to be detestable, he holds those driving this train in even worse regard.
My discomfort in the last few years, first with Russiagate and now with Ukrainegate and impeachment, stems from the belief that the people pushing hardest for Trump’s early removal are more dangerous than Trump. Many Americans don’t see this because they’re not used to waking up in a country where you’re not sure who the president will be by nightfall. They don’t understand that this predicament is worse than having a bad president.

The Trump presidency is the first to reveal a full-blown schism between the intelligence community and the White House. Senior figures in the CIA, NSA, FBI and other agencies made an open break from their would-be boss before Trump’s inauguration, commencing a public war of leaks that has not stopped.
Taibbi outlines a set of 10 different examples in which the intelligence elites selectively and salaciously leaked information designed to damage Trump's legitimacy and credibility. Then they offer "expert commentary" on their own manufactured press. They started almost the day after Trump's inauguration and continue to this day.

This is the stuff you'd expect from a spy thriller by John Le Carre or Robert Ludlum but with the technological proficiency of Tom Clancy. Only this isn't fiction. It's really happening.

Rivera says that this is a railroad job, and it's running over due process afforded by all three of the Presidents who faced impeachment before Trump:
RIVERA: Well the Democrats have an adoring media, the drumbeat has been incessant. The president hasn't adequately confronted -- I think the addition of Trey Gowdy will be helpful to have some -- a strong, experienced, former prosecutor, former congressperson, you know, taking some of the, some of the public heat from the president. And keep steering it back to the fundamental, the fundamental question. You cannot allow the Democrats to proceed with any kind of righteousness unless they abide by constitutional due process. 
My God, it is simple. Unless this Congress votes, unless the House votes -- they'll probably win the vote if they have the vote, but unless they do vote, then the Republicans have no rights, they subpoena, can subpoena no one. Where is the fairness in this? At some point the American people will see through the propaganda and demand the vote, as the president does, whether they love him or loathe him -- as I said, it doesn't matter pro-Trump, anti-Trump, that doesn't matter. What matters is, he's the president of the United States, and the historic precedent in the 20 and 21st Century, the person accused in this most profound, distressing experience for any president deserves to have fairness. Just as any defendant in any court. I know it's a political process, but even politics has to depend in some measure on precedent. Precedent here is clear. Nixon, they voted in '74. Clinton, they voted in '98. Why is Nancy Pelosi not allowing this Congress to vote?
The answer until October 15 is that Pelosi announced the beginning of this game on the eve of a two-week recess. Congress hasn't been in session since September 27, 2019 and Pelosi refused to cancel the recess period. Pelosi has no excuse beginning from the opening gavel on Tuesday.

Rivera has said that while he considers Donald Trump a personal friend, he thinks Hillary Clinton should have been elected President and that he opposes almost everything Trump stands for, from tax cuts to immigration and all policy points in between. But even a staunch liberal knows a due process rat when he smells one.

Lastly is Turley's wondering aloud about the lack of Oxygen given to the possibility that Trump's alleged illegal behavior uncovered actual criminal wrong-doing by well-connected Democrats, namely the Bidens:
For those brave enough to read on, I wish to dispense with one threshold issue: I was critical of claims over the last three years of “proven” crimes and impeachable offenses in the Russia investigation. However, the first day that Trump’s Ukraine call was disclosed, I stated that — if a quid pro quo were proved — the alleged self-dealing with military aid would be an impeachable offense. My point: Raising concerns over Hunter Biden does not mean you are excusing Trump’s actions.

What is most remarkable about the paucity of coverage of Hunter Biden’s dealings is the conclusory mantra that “this has all been investigated.” Many TV hosts prefer to focus on President Trump’s dubious claim that former Vice President Joe Biden forced the firing of Ukraine’s chief prosecutor to protect his son. I, too, fail to see compelling evidence to support Trump’s charge. ...

All of this should be of some interest to the media, which has exhaustively — and rightfully — pursued foreign deals by the Trump family. And there is no reason why the media cannot pursue allegations against both the Trumps and the Bidens.

That, however, would counter the narrative that there’s “nothing wrong” with Hunter Biden’s dealings and that it’s all a “lie” that’s best to ignore.
The four distinct points made here are:

  1. This is an impeachment that is at best no more justifiable than either Johnson's or Clinton's.
  2. The people pushing it are a bigger threat to democratic government than the man they're after.
  3. The absence of due process is un-American.
  4. All eyes are only and unfairly skewed against the President and the bias taints the whole process.

These four people are not wild-eyed conspiracy theorists. Absolutely no one with a straight face can label them Trump supporters. Rudy Guiliani is a Trump mouthpiece. These gentlemen are diametric opposites.

Dershowitz argued forcefully against Bill Clinton's impeachment, as did Rivera. Turley also argued against Clinton's impeachment. Two years later, Turley angered both liberals and conservatives when he argued that the 2000 election was botched in Florida but that the U.S. Supreme Court was right that the recounts in that state were unconstitutional.

Taibbi was only 29 when Clinton was impeached and didn't launch his "gonzo" style of journalism until 2002, but he's the author of the controversial book Insane Clown President. When Taibbi says he's more scared of the intelligence elites than he is President Trump, you should pay attention to him. A Trump victory in this confrontation only gets him to the next election. A win for the intelligence elites puts this country on a path where no public light will ever be allowed to shine.

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I include Taibbi because of his principled opposition to conservatism but also his keen insight into the social and cultural environment that gave us President Trump. It's my belief that President Trump's election is a symptom, not the cause of our problems. His belief is very similar. Unlike Taibbi though, I believe Trump is actually doing what his voters thought they were getting and he could actually correct some of the problems that led to his ascendancy. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Project Veritas plans to expose CNN with insider video


From the folks that went inside the infanticide mills of Planned Parenthood...

From the group who exposed election fraud in the 2018 Florida Governor's race...

This week, a CNN insider will blow the whistle and through Project Veritas will release dozens of recordings made of officials at the highest levels of CNN, revealing a political agenda, bias and misconduct hidden from public view.

This series of tapes — which we think will be the biggest story of the year for Project Veritas — blends two extraordinary series of events; a brave insider secretly recording at work. This is a hard-hitting piece of hidden camera muckraking into one of the supposed “most trusted names in news.”
Get some popcorn, folks. It's gonna be a very entertaining week.

What will be the most entertaining: The shock value of the raw, unedited footage, or the squirming and sweating of CNN execs and talking heads?

No... What will be most fun is watching Your President Donald Trump use the footage in TV campaign ads.

Schadenfreude, baby.

Associated Press publishes blatantly false characterization of Trump-Zelensky phone call


This is why the American public has lost faith in the integrity and objectivity of the news media. This is why people don't roll their eyes when someone yells "FAKE NEWS!"

Here is the key excerpt from an AP "news" story from Deb Riechmann that ran Oct 12, 2019:
By the time staffers in the Situation Room got the president of Ukraine on the phone at 9:03 a.m., Trump had just finished firing off tweets claiming complete vindication from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony the day before about the Russia investigation. On the call, Trump was first to speak. He showered the 41-year-old Ukrainian, a novice politician and former comedian, with praise following his party’s victory in parliamentary elections. Zelenskiy chatted about how he wanted to “drain the swamp” in Kyiv and how he wished the European Union would provide more financial support. He told Trump that Ukraine was ready to buy more Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States.

The next 10 words that came out of Trump’s mouth — “I would like you to do us a favor, though” — are what triggered the House impeachment inquiry that has imperiled his presidency.

Trump asked Zelenskiy to work with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr to look into Biden and his son, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
This is a blatantly false characterization of the content and context of this conversation. Here is the relevant exchange as provided in the official, undisputed transcript of the call:
President Zelenskyy: Yes you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but actually 1000% and I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions. They are not enforcing the sanctions. They are not working as much as they should work for Ukraine. It turns out that even though logically, the European Union should be our biggest partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the European Union and I'm very grateful to you for that because the United States is doing quite a lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union especially when we are talking about sanctions against the Russian Federation. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost. ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.
The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike... I guess you have one of your wealthy people... The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you're surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it's very important that you do it if that's possible.
President Zelenskyy: Yes it is very important for me and everything that you just mentioned earlier. For me as a President, it is very important and we are open for any future cooperation. We are ready to open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine. For that purpose, I just recalled our ambassador from United States and he will be replaced by a very competent and very experienced ambassador who will work hard on making sure that our two nations are getting closer. I would also like and hope to see him having your trust and your confidence and have personal relations with you so we can cooperate even more so. I will personally tell you that one of my assistants spoke with Mr. Giuliani just recently and we are hoping very much that Mr. Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine. I just wanted to assure you once again that you have nobody but friends around us. I will make sure that I surround myself with the best and most experienced people. I also wanted to tell you that we are friends. We are great friends and you Mr. President have friends in our country so we can continue our strategic partnership. I also plan to surround myself with great people and in addition to that investigation, I guarantee as the President of Ukraine that all the investigations will be done openly and candidly.. That I can assure you.
The AP story will run in newspapers and on news websites around the world, and ordinary folks who have neither the time nor the interest nor the energy to find out what was actually said will read this. They will come away from this article thinking that President Zelensky asked for Javelin anti-tank missiles and President Trump said "I need a favor; go get Joe Biden for me. You can have your missiles."

That is not what happened and the official record clearly shows it.

The publisher of the Washington Post has said that calling stuff like this "FAKE NEWS!" is corrosive.

No sir, Mr. Ryan. The corrosive agent isn't the President's willingness to cry foul when he and his allies see stories like this. The corrosion in our public discourse is the national media's blatant bias and your complete inability to resist any contortion of the truth necessary to unseat a duly elected President.

We the People are onto you. We're not going stop yelling "FAKE NEWS!" until you spoiled brats stop publishing it.