ABC Pushes Claim Trump Committed Treason, Speculate Blackmail

NewsBusters | 7/16/2018 | Staff
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During Monday’s edition of World News Tonight, ABC demonstrated what they really thought of President Trump when they pushed political accusations that he committed an act of treason during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And that’s not hyperbole. The on-screen headline ABC ran with stated it definitively: “Critics: Trump’s Press Conference ‘Treasonous’”. The over the top person they were elevating was Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan, who had unraveled on Twitter earlier that day. In his tweet, he angrily declared:

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Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

Before getting to Brennan’s smear, ABC chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas promoted a similar suggestion from failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “In the hours before the President meeting, Hillary Clinton tweeting: ‘Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?’” As they were wrapping up the segment, Thomas touted Clinton’s post-press conference answer of “now we know.”

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It’s highly disturbing that they would push such an accusation and they were the only broadcast network irresponsible enough to actually do so. What made their elevation of such a theory even more troubling was that the punishments for treason include the death penalty.

In addition to pushing accusations of treason, ABC also pushed speculation that Russia had some sort of dirt on the President and was blackmailing him with it.

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Again, they made their intentions plainly clear. As sensationalist anchor David Muir kicked off the entire program, one of his main questions included one about blackmail. “Tonight, what did they discuss and what was Putin asked as well? Does he have compromising...
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