Donald Trump Jr: I would have done things differently
The Times initially cited sources with knowledge of the email chain, rather than publishing the emails themselves. That gave Breitbart, formerly led by Trumps chief strategist, Steve Bannon, an opportunity to gloss over the accusations.
New York Times has neither seen nor read Russia email to Donald Trump Jr,
was Breitbarts main take on Tuesday morning. This is only the latest effort by the Times to bring down President Donald Trump that relies on documents it has not seen and verified.
The story seemed to be working well as a distraction for Breitbart readers guiding more than 4,000 commenters into a familiar, comfortable debate about bias in the liberal media.
But at 11am, with the Times preparing to publish his emails, Trump Jr decided to bite the bullet and post them himself. The Times ran its story at almost exactly the same time, and journalists at news organizations including conservative outlets such as Fox News and the Washington Examiner scrambled to follow up.
That wasnt the case over at Breitbart, which valiantly stood by its attempt to discredit the Times reporting for more than an hour after Trump Jr himself confirmed it.
The site couldnt ignore Trump Jrs tweet for ever, of course, and just after 12pm
it published a story headlined: Donald Trump Jr releases Russia email chain. The article included the main accusations and the emails Trump Jr released, although it also included paragraphs from the earlier report about the New York Times not having seen the emails.
The story added: The email does not refer to any cooperation, coordination or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
The veneer of even-handedness did not last long. By 3.30pm the story had disappeared from
Breitbarts homepage although it was still in the most popular section to be replaced by a story on Donald Trump praising his son for publishing the damaging emails.
That article cut any mention of Trump Jr being promised information as part of Russian government support for his father.
Over at InfoWars, Alex Jones, arguably an even stauncher defender of Trump, said the liberal media had got it all wrong.
Trump Jr had been set up by the deep state working through this bygone producer from Britain, a guest told Jones, apparently referring to the Trump Jr associate
Rob Goldstone, who set up the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer. Goldstone works as a music promoter and represents the son of Aras Agalarov, a Moscow-based developer who tried to partner with Trump in a hotel project and has close ties to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
They tricked him into the meeting, he knew it was bull and he got out, Jones said.
The Trump Jr discussion did not last long before Jones changed topic. Exclaiming theyre trying to shut us down, Jones moved on to
claim the Federal Elections Commission was planning to investigate the editorial decisions of Infowars, the Drudge Report, and Breitbart.
It was a story based on
an FEC letter that suggests nothing of the sort.
A number of less famous rightwing commentators followed Joness lead. Bill Mitchell, host of the YourVoice America YouTube show and
with almost 250,000 Twitter followers, saw nothing untoward in Trump Jrs emails.
And just like that, another blockbuster from the NYTimes (Don Jr Story) ends up being pure bullsh*t,
he wrote after the emails were released. It never ends.
Mitchell offered no explanation for that tweet, or for
a later message in which he declared: The fact Don Jr even spoke to this woman proves there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and russia.
Other Trump defenders offered similarly robust, and similarly vague, comments.
This is just basic campaigning, wrote Charlie Kirk on Twitter.
Mike Cernovich, a Trump blogger and Pizzagate conspiracy theorist whose Twitter profile describes him as a national security reporter,
drew the same conclusion.
Don Jr had to release the email himself because it doesnt support the lying Times conspiracy, thats why they never released the emails! Cernovich wrote on Twitter.
In a sign that the far-right has consistency in both its message and language, a fellow Pizzagater, Jack Posobiec, toed the party line.
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