I double dog dare you to check out the front page of the New York Times and the Washington Post right now. Right. Now.
Well, you may have missed the good stuff because it was so embarrassing both papers may have come to their senses and taken the drek down.
Take the lead of today’s story in the Times on the email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. between himself and the person setting up the now famous meeting between Donald Jr and a so called Russian attorney.
“The June 3, 2016, email sent to Donald Trump Jr. could hardly have been more explicit: One of his father’s former Russian business partners had been contacted by a senior Russian government official and was offering to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton.
The documents “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.
He replied within minutes: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.””
Who wrote that email to Donald Trump Jr? A music business pr man who had met the younger Trump in Moscow in 2013 when the Trump organization staged the Miss Universe Pageant there.
In his email that pr man, Rob Goldstone, said his Russian pop star client said his real estate developer father said there was an attorney who would meet with Trump people and who said there was information “incriminating” Hillary Clinton in the possession of the Russian government, which would gladly pass it on in an effort to help the Trump campaign.
Blame Donald Trump Jr for being taken in by such a transparent pile of crap, if you must. But please do not–as we have heard from former Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine–try to pass this off as “collusion” between the Russian government and Trump.
A flack who normally pitches People Magazine and Rolling Stone is now pitching a meeting between a so called Russian attorney and a Presidential candidate’s son sounds much more like the activities of a wanna be courtier than cloak and dagger superpower skullduggery.
I mean, just look at the guy! I put his picture above just to make sure you knew what we’re talking about here. And by the way, the Times refers to Mr. Goldstone as a “business associate” instead of calling him what he is: a flack who has spent his career getting the likes of Michael Jackson on the covers of vapid fan mags.
The Washington Post was even worse, if that’s possible.
Here are its headlines on the front page within minutes of Donald Trump Jr.’s release of the emails between himself and the music industry flack:
“Donald Trump Jr. was told campaign meeting would be with ‘Russian government attorney,’ according to emails”
“Trump’s son may have crossed the legal line on collusion.”
“Donald Trump Jr.’s emails about the meeting with a Russia lawyer annotated.“
“Analysis: The timeline leading up to the meeting.“