Nothing to See Here: Public Radio, TV Networks Ignore Adam Schiff’s Fake Quotes From Trump Transcript

On Thursday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) fabricated quotes from the transcript of President Donald Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the call at the center of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. His quotes misrepresented the transcript, making it seem more damaging for Trump. When called out on it, he hilariously claimed that his remarks were just a parody. It seems the big three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) thought these fake quotes weren’t a story, and when NPR and PBS interviewed Schiff, they didn’t ask one question about it.

Schiff started his “parody” by saying “this is the essence of what the president communicates: We’ve been very good to your country, very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want, I have a favor I want from you, though. And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good.”

“I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand, lots of it, on this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, not just any people, I’m going to put you in touch the attorney general of the United States, my attorney general, Bill Barr,” Schiff continued, supposedly not acting as if he were quoting the president. “And I’m going to put you in touch with Rudy, you’re going to love him, trust me. … And by the way, don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I asked.” . . .

As NewsBusters’ Nicholas Fondacaro reported, ABC, CBS, and NBC ignored the story, but Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum covered it. MacCallum began the segment by noting that Schiff had taken “creative liberty” with the transcript: “Rather than reading from the transcript as it exists, and we all now have in the open of the president’s phone call with the Ukrainian President Zelensky, he parried it in a sort of free-verse improv.” (Read more from “Nothing to See Here: Public Radio, TV Networks Ignore Adam Schiff’s Fake Quotes From Trump Transcript” HERE)

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