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Saturday, 18 March 2017 18:39

Byron York: How pundits got key part of Trump-Russia story all wrong

Written by  Byron York

A key talking point in the theory that Donald Trump and the Russians conspired in the 2016 election is the allegation that last summer, during the Republican convention, the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to weaken its stance on Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

It's been cited many, many times. The only problem is, it's all wrong.

The wildest expression of the theory came, as it often does, from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who told viewers on March 8 that "something weird" happened to the GOP platform on "that Ukraine and Russia thing" when the Trump team "jumped right up on that and they insisted that that plank only, that one, had to be taken out, that language could not stand."

Maddow's charge echoed what Democrats have long been saying about the issue. "Donald Trump changed the Republican platform to become what some experts would regard as pro-Russian," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told ABC on July 24 of last year. Some journalists, including those less fevered than Maddow, joined in to report the so-called weakening as an accepted fact. National Public Radio, for example, explained "how the Trump campaign weakened the Republican platform on aid to Ukraine."

Much of the reporting and commentary appears to spring from a single story, published in the Washington Post on July 18, 2016, with the headline "Trump campaign guts GOP's anti-Russia stance on Ukraine.

Read more at WashingtonExaminer

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Putin will go after the fake news for untruths being aired about him .Good days are coming

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George Hillier Sr Written by George Hillier Sr
March 19, 2017
Why don't you just lick Putin's testicles?

The Ukraine thing was an Obama debacle and is tough to put that toothpaste back in the tube. The USA promised to back the Ukraine and Obama screwed them over. And now....loook a squirrel and btw it's Trumps fault. These Wackadoodles think they're smarter than the American people and we have en masse amnesia. So for 8 Obama years it was Bush's fault and now it's Trump? Although if we can erase any trace of Obama and his legacy, I could forget Obama gladly.

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Nice to know that POTUS just cut a lot of un-necessary federal spending in his budget proposal & NPR is part of it!!

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