Moments before Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing with former Trump attorney Michael Cohen began, the broadcast networks reveled in their own excitement as anchors and correspondents predicted doom for President Trump. The hearing was framed as everything from an impeachment “test drive” for Democrats to “a bullet right to the heart of the investigation into the President.”



For Republicans, today's House Democrat-led hearing with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen looks like a Democratic public-relations campaign...right down to the Democrats reviewing the testimony at the "objective" networks. ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who took his own turns testifying for a lying president with personal financial scandals during his time in the Clinton White House, came running to Cohen's defense during the first break in the hearings on Wednesday. Cohen granting this Clinton pal access and interviews (through his fixer, Clinton pal Lanny Davis) is paying off. 



On ABC’s Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos framed today’s congressional testimony from ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen not as a case of an admitted liar potentially seeking to avoid the consequences of his crimes, but as an “epic,” “historic,” “Watergate”-style showdown, with Cohen playing the role of Nixon White House whistleblower John Dean.



While all three broadcast network shows on Tuesday hyped Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen preparing to testify before Congress throughout the week against the President, amazingly, ABC’s Good Morning America completely skipped any mention of the convicted felon’s massive credibility problems and that he previously lied to Congress.  



So, secretly, dear reader, you wish you were a billionaire. Ahhh to dream. But if instead of dreaming - and working to make your dream come true - you simply signed up for as many credit cards as you could get your hands on and went on a massive spending spree that makes you feel like a billionaire? 



MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch sure managed to pack an awful lot of anti-Trump venom into a thirty-second soliloquy. Appearing on Deadline: White House Wednesday, Deutsch asserted that “history will really frown on the Republicans” before describing President Trump as a “slimeball.”  Deutsch’s rant came as part of a larger conversation about the House Democrats’ new obsession with money laundering when it comes to the Russia probe.



RESTON, VA — On Thursday, Media Research Center Founder and President Brent Bozell released an open letter to NBCUniversal President Jeff Wachtel calling on NBCUniversal to divest itself of BuzzFeed following a pattern of biased and factually inaccurate reporting, including its embarrassing Thursday night story about Michael Cohen and President Trump that was debunked nearly 24 hours later by the Office of the Special Counsel



For most, BuzzFeed’s recent reporting debacle is, both literally and figuratively, last week’s news. However, there are still some holdouts over at MSNBC who have continued to imply that the story might be true, even after Special Counsel Mueller’s office flatly denied it



Buzzfeed reporter Jason Leopold along with Anthony Cormier broke the now increasingly discredited story that President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower project in Moscow. The story pretty much lost all credibility on Friday when Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team issued  an unusual statement that the Buzzfeed story is "inaccurate."

 

This quick collapse of the Buzzfeed story should come as no surprise to anybody familiar with the dubious background of Jason Leopold. Back in 2006 Leopold, who was writing for TruthOut, was the source of the fake news report that White House Senior Adviser Karl Rove was about to be indicted on May 12, 2006.



Friday night, the Special Counsel’s office released an extremely rare statement that dismised as “not accurate” a BuzzFeed News item from Thursday night that alleged President Trump directed former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about possible construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow. Despite the fact that the story remained not confirmed by any news outlet from when it was first published to the statement from Mueller’s team, the broadcast networks devoted 27 minutes and 33 second on their Friday morning and evening newscasts to the matter.



Buzzfeed News's scandalous report out late Thursday night, which alleges President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, is being eaten up by the media as the smoking gun they’ve been searching for to impeach Trump. Despite the fact that the report relies on anonymous sources and one of the journalists has a history of shoddy reporting, cable news and the networks this morning have given it near-nonstop attention and credibility. But even the journalists behind the report can’t seem to get their stories straight on the evidence.

 


A McClatchy report supposedly revealing that signals from Michael Cohen's cell phone had been detected near Prague during the summer of 2016 fell apart when a skeptical Joy Reid questioned one of the story's reporters.