Can Media Restore Integrity? Trump 2020 Memo Asks For Ethical Coverage, Democrats Scream
Monday, Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 campaign, sent an email to TV producers titled “Credibility of Certain Guests”.
“Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions. You should begin by asking the basic question: Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past?” Murtaugh wrote.
The letter continues, “if these guests do reappear, you should replay the prior statements and challenge them to provide the evidence which prompted them to make the wild claims in the first place.”
“At this point, there must be introspection from the media who facilitated the reckless statements and serious evaluation of how such guests are considered and handled in the future,” Murtaugh said.
The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers: pic.twitter.com/yhr03LAI7N
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) March 25, 2019
Murtaugh wrote,”As you know, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report found that no one associated withPresident Donald J. Trump 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, despite repeated offers from Russia-linked operatives. The Special Counsel also made no recommendation on obstruction,which is a decision in itself.
Using the information provided by Mueller, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General determined that there was no obstruction. This is all the result of the Special Counsel’ s 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 500 witness interviews, 40 FBI agents, 19 lawyers, and $25 million in taxpayer funds.
The only way to interpret these conclusions is as a total and complete vindication of President Trump. The issuance of these definitive findings comes after two years of Democrat leaders and others lying to the American people by vigorously and repeatedly claiming there was evidence of collusion. They made many of these false claims, without evidence, on your airwaves,” he said.
MADE THE LIST
One Senator, Three Congressman, Chair of the DNC and a Former CIA director.
Key questions remain about whether Donald Trump was compromised as a candidate & is now as President of the United States. Ongoing investigations in other federal prosecutorial offices as well as the FBI’s counterintelligence inquiry must be supported.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 24, 2019
Mueller spent two years investigating obstruction of justice and found evidence that “does not exonerate” Trump. Barr took two days to set aside that evidence.
The entire report must be published and evidence provided to Congress so the American people can judge for themselves.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 24, 2019
Special Counsel Mueller worked for 22 months to determine the extent to which President Trump obstructed justice. Attorney General Barr took 2 days to tell the American people that while the President is not exonerated, there will be no action by DOJ.
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) March 24, 2019
The only person who has been caught lying about Russia is Donald Trump. If he thinks I’ve made a false statement, he can sue me. And I’ll beat him in court. https://t.co/x9UvPnTqkO
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 25, 2019
The American people deserve to know the full story, and Democrats will not rest until we get it.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) March 25, 2019
Hmmm…your bizarre tweets and recent temper tantrums reveal your panic over the likelihood the Special Counsel will soon further complicate your life, putting your political & financial future in jeopardy. Fortunately, Lady Justice does not do NDAs. https://t.co/ktFRevlOcd
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 20, 2019
DEMOCRATS NOT HAPPY
Dear Tim Murtaugh, whoever you are, go fornicate yourself
— Marsha Boddie (@mboddie) March 25, 2019
I hope this ill-conceived request helps make these honest and informed public servants even more bookable on TV. Also, whoever the heck Tim Murtaugh is, it's clear he's a #PR failure. https://t.co/HZEyGnqF9X
— Peter Himler (@PeterHimler) March 25, 2019
Of course you know @TimMurtaugh this will not stand. A bogus four page letter by a Trump corrupted AG won’t work. You complicit fool, @KremlinRussia_E won’t save Trump or you all when true justice is served up. #ReleaseTheFullReport https://t.co/pb6ObkVkxx
— waltb31 (@waltb31) March 25, 2019