WNU Editor: Major networks and news websites are carrying this story from the Associated Press …. Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump’s presidency (AP). But when I read it I immediately noticed how this is just another example of the media taking a story and distorting it to fit its narrative or biases.
To begin, AP says President Trump ….
…. showered the 41-year-old Ukrainian, a novice politician and former comedian, with praise following his party’s victory in parliamentary elections. Zelenskiy chatted about how he wanted to “drain the swamp” in Kyiv and how he wished the European Union would provide more financial support. He told Trump that Ukraine was ready to buy more Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States.
But the transcript (see here) shows a different narrative. It is Ukraine President Zelenskiy showering praise and thanks to President Trump. He is also thanking President Trump for his support on military aid, and is telling President Trump that they will soon be able to buy Javelin anti-tank missiles (i.e. they are not ready now).
But the part of the AP story that caught my eye is the following ….
…. The next 10 words that came out of Trump’s mouth — “I would like you to do us a favor, though” — are what triggered the House impeachment inquiry that has imperiled his presidency.
Trump asked Zelenskiy to work with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr to look into Biden and his son, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
The AP does not quote what President Trump says after asking the favor because the favor that President Trump is asking for has nothing to do with the Bidens. President Trumps focus is on CrowdStrike ….
…. I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows alot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There-are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation.
The best part of the AP story is the end where it brings up the whistle-blower’s complaint. No mention from the AP on the errors that are in this whitleblower’s complaint, but the AP uses anonymous sources to say that President Trump was pressuring the Ukrainian leader to investigate the Bidens. This contradicts what the transcript says, and Ukraine President Zelenskiy has denied all reports that he was pressured.