Last week, investigative reporter John Solomon revealed that the mysterious “black ledger” purported to show cash payments originating in Ukraine to then-campaign director Paul Manafort, who now rots in jail, was almost certainly a forgery, as multiple sources emphatically maintain that no cash payments were ever made. On Sunday, during a wide-ranging interview with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani offered evidence highly suggestive that the Democratic National Committee was involved in targeting Manafort.

He brought in a memo from Alexandra Chalupa of the DNC to her boss dated May 3, 2016, and reading in part, “I invited Michael Isikoff [of THE NEW YORK TIMES], whom I’ve been working with for the past few weeks, and connected him to the Ukrainians to talk about Paul Manafort.”

Then she says, “A big one will hit in next few weeks.”

Lo and behold, a few weeks after this was sent, the NYT broke the big story about the Manafort ledger. Think the DNC might possibly have had something to do with that?

In the aftermath of impeachment and with this sort of eyebrow-raising activity gradually coming to light, the mainstream media increasingly try to silence reporters, commentators and guests who are gaining influence and interfering with their chosen narrative. At the top of the list are Rudy Giuliani and John Solomon; there’s an ongoing campaign to silence them, just as there was with Devin Nunes. THE DAILY BEAST reports that according to an internal FOX NEWS memo they obtained, concern exists at the network that Giuliani has been “spreading disinformation.” They report that the 162-page FNC memo also singles out attorneys Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, and that it says of John Solomon that he “played an indispensable role in the collection and domestic publication of elements of this disinformation campaign.”

SALON picked up the story, which informs us that the memo, titled “Ukraine, Disinformation & the Trump Administration,” was authored by senior political affairs specialist Brian Murphy, who works in the network’s research division, dubbed the “Brain Room.”

All right, Journalism 101 students, acknowledging that none of us has read this huge memo, let’s take a look at how SALON magazine, in just one sentence, folds its own editorializing into its report. Here’s the sentence: “It [the memo] highlighted Solomon’s reports at THE HILL, which fueled Giuliani’s baseless conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election and assisted the ‘smear campaign’ leading to the ouster of former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovonovich.”

That’s right, class; there’s that ubiquitous phrase “baseless conspiracy theory,” so similar to the phrase “discredited swift boaters” we used to hear so often in “news” stories when John Kerry was running for President. The swift boaters who served with Kerry were smeared but not discredited; likewise, the notion that, like Russia, Ukraine “meddled” in the 2016 election, arguably in more significant ways than Russia did, is not baseless. In fact, evidence keeps coming out that gives support to that conclusion. And, yes, much of it has come from John Solomon. I’d wager that he’s going to turn out to be right about all of this, just as Devin Nunes’ memo –- “discredited” by Adam Schiff, no less –- turned out to be right.

Opinion-shapers think that if they just keep repeating the phrase “baseless conspiracy theory” often enough, we’ll all come to agree that’s what it is. I guess they’ve convinced themselves that it’s baseless, but they are mistaken.

Anyway, FOX NEWS has told THE DAILY BEAST that the warnings they pulled from the memo were taken out of context. To give some context to the phrase “out of context,” here’s the quote from Mitch Kweit, senior vice president of the Brain Room (and wouldn’t that title look cool on a business card): “The Ukraine briefing book is nothing more than a comprehensive chronological account of what every person involved in the Ukraine controversy was doing at any identifiable point in time, including tracking media appearances of major players who appeared on FOX NEWS and in many other outlets. The 200-page document has thousands of data points and the vast majority have no relation to FOX NEWS --- instead it’s now being taken out of context and politicized to damage the network.”

Indeed. If you’d like to read SALON’s pointedly biased interpretation of this “memo” story –- probably not worth your time, but for the record, here it is –- I’ve included the link:

https://www.salon.com/2020/02/07/internal-fox-news-briefing-book-warned-that-rudy-giuliani-was-spreading-disinformation-report/

I won’t get into the internal deliberations at FOX NEWS, as (believe it or not, lefties) there are people at FOX of all political persuasions who are bound to have different thoughts regarding opinion hosts such as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham and the guests they choose to feature. The “opinions” for which they’ve provided a forum are increasingly turning out NOT to be disinformation but solid investigation, clearly on the right track, and they should be proud of that. (I can proudly say the same of our opinion reporting at MikeHuckabee.com.) But most media outlets won’t acknowledge this; they’re running with their chosen pull-quotes and sensationalist reporting in the style of CNN’s Amanda Carpenter, who tweeted, “It sounds like this memo the FOX NEWS ‘Brain Room’ wrote about a rampant, influential disinformation campaign would have been a great story to bring to air for their viewers. Why was it stuffed? Hm.”

Hm, Amanda. Maybe because this work is not disinformation, but a deep dig into what really was going on in Ukraine, in spite of all the efforts by you and your colleagues and likely even a few “concerned” employees at FOX NEWS to quell it. You would love to see John Solomon pulled off the air. But just wait and see --- he and others looking into the ‘deep state’ are going to have the last word on this. Speaking of words, I’m sure you have a couple of choice ones for him, Giuliani, Nunes, Lee Smith, Dan Bongino and all the others who continue to dig and connect the dots, but I have a couple of words to offer them myself: “THANK YOU.”

Sen. Lindsay Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reportedly told Margaret Brennan of FACE THE NATION that he heard from Attorney General Barr that the DOJ is “receiving information coming out of Ukraine” from Giuliani. (Of course, Barr is also high on the list of those to be discredited and silenced.) Brennan said on CBS that Sen. Graham had told her they had “created a process” for Giuliani to supply information and for them to verify it. Back in September, a DOJ spokeswoman denied that the President had spoken to to the attorney general about contacting Ukraine or that the AG had discussed anything with Giuliani relating to Ukraine, the implication being that this “process” for Giuliani to supply information is a recent development.

Although the Bidens should not be getting a pass, there’s plenty to be looking into in Ukraine besides them. See references to the DNC and Paul Manafort, above.

Lindsey Graham: DOJ 'created a process' to verify Ukraine research from Giuliani

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  • Audra Toop

    02/12/2020 05:20 AM

    While the Democrats are playing like they're Biden's personal lawyers..yeah no...that's it. They're playing like they're Biden's personal attorneys

    Keep notice of how they say things like, accusations about Biden were debunked. They never say "investigated."

    Well now it's being investigated and they're losing their minds. But I thought they said it was debunked?? So if that were true, they wouldn't mind an investigation. They wanted Kavanaugh investigated, but not Biden?? Interesting

  • Michael Connors

    02/11/2020 06:14 PM

    Spineless lying liberal wackos are always doing what they accuse others of vote Trump! The deep state is more corrupt than Russia and they need to be held accountable! Keep up the good work Solomon and many others!

  • David Colonna

    02/11/2020 08:40 AM

    It's about freaking time that the DOJ listen intently to Guilani, John Solomon and the rest investigating the massive corruption by the Democrats. I just hope and pray all parties investigating watch their backs and protect there families from any threats or mafia style muscles by the Obama, Soros and Hillary mobsters. What evil the Liberal Democrats are engaged in, it is pretty scary they have and continue to get away with this.

  • Pat Johnson

    02/11/2020 08:30 AM

    Governor Huckabee I applaud your courage. I'm a veteran (service connected) and and convict. I'm also a patriot and know that our Father is in control. Roman's 8:28 Keep the heat on the left a true soldier never gives up. I didn't and was saved by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Your B.I.C

  • Jerry Korba

    02/11/2020 06:57 AM

    Why we do not have more John Solomons is a question I want answers too. Waste full spending is a top issue that needs to be addressed the people allowing and authorizing this waste needs to be stoped before it happens. What or who is watching how the tax dollar is being spent. People need too be held responsible for excess and waste full spending. How many people does it take to transfer funds? Let's start there and work our way to the actual transfer. Eliminate all non necessary people so funds can be tracked taking away all possible fraud and blame for misuse. The tax payer needs the system to be reprogramed. The country has 7 million job openings reassign unnecessary and failing workers out of the Government the taxpayer needs this to happen.

  • Mary Beth Kemen

    02/11/2020 06:19 AM

    Thank you
    Praying for all

  • Kenna Maccallum

    02/11/2020 12:55 AM

    I expect to see a winsome photo of Comey in a corn field any day now. Everyday it's something more that was wrong doing. There are not many who aren't involved in something shady or on the take. I'm sad to see what our country has come to. I pray that the evil doers will all be outed and justice will prevail.

  • Roderick Bates

    02/11/2020 12:12 AM

    The Biden's, John Kerry and all others who were involved in the Ukraine dealings should be investigated.

  • John Fitzpatrick

    02/11/2020 12:08 AM

    If you haven't seen Glenn Beck's Feb 6 update on the Ukraine story, then I suggest you watch it immediately.

    https://youtu.be/dCSwqca8KXU

  • Anne Turner

    02/10/2020 09:16 PM

    We hear and read many stories about things that the Dems and DNC have done of very dubious motives, legality, morality, and ethics. These do not even include the many things that the Clintons have done. When will these people pay the price for their ethical and possibly criminals actions? At the vary least the Dems have broken Congressional rules, decorum, and ethics. It is useless to uncover all of this stuff, thank you for reporting it, and have no repercussions. Just wait, they will find a way to do Bernie in. I am getting tired of no consequences for these actions.

  • Susan Allman

    02/10/2020 08:00 PM

    I received this from my committee person. Why is no one talking about this?
    This is a link to an extremely disturbing bill that not many Americans know about. Tucker Carlson shared the information this past week.

    https://youtu.be/_wMntDFfAhQ

    Marianne DeMeritt
    Committeeman

  • Kay DeWitt

    02/10/2020 07:02 PM

    Because, as a Christian, I cannot imagine having the Bible to give me TRUTH .....which not only defines what is the REALITY of life, but also the PURPOSE of life..... I cannot begin to imagine how people working for these media outlets find any kind of self-fulfillment...or meaning...devoting their time, and energy, promoting that which is NOT truth....They are to be pitied because they have chosen EXISTENCE over LIVING...DARKNESS over LIGHT....and are bereft of the joy that comes from knowing something you have written has inspired those who read your words!

  • Pat J Green

    02/10/2020 06:50 PM

    I just read your story on the Marine who just passed and the Honor Guard of 4 Marines and it made me proud to be a Veteran of 24 years to be from Texas were this happens and to be an American were some of us Honor our Veterans who have gone on to glory. Then I read about those losers in Portland who did what they did to the WW2 memorial. I hope that somewhere there is justies

  • Michael

    02/10/2020 06:21 PM

    The DNC, the Democratic party & the lying propaganda MSM is so sickeningly corrupt. I listened to Donald Trump Jr. on FOX and totally agree with his comments. In summary he said that Republicans need to start "fighting"the Democrats who have been fighting to control, ruin, destroy our Nation as we know it to push their socialist agenda. He commented that the Republicans better start fighting these corrupt Democrats. He is right! This is no time for Republicans to be soft and be run over by the Dems &MSM !And no Republican Congress member should ever interview with the MSM, because the MSM is 100 percent with the Democrats. Wake up America & never again vote for a Democrat anywhere, in any election !

  • Cynthia Pacheco

    02/10/2020 06:14 PM

    Why is Paul Manafort still in prison?

  • Joe Broadway

    02/10/2020 05:39 PM

    Years after the phones being smashed with hammers still no indictments. No arrest no nothing. Except for trump the government lies and is playing us.

  • Marilyn Fischer

    02/10/2020 05:07 PM

    Keep digging, although we know buried things STINK!!! We want our beloved Country to be CLEAN!!

  • Veronica Parrino

    02/10/2020 04:49 PM

    All the guilty should be tried and serve time!

  • Teresa Finch

    02/10/2020 04:04 PM

    Agree with everything you say Gov. Huckabee. Want to add, if we are the "deplorables", the Dems are the "deprave-ables"....

  • Angela Crawford

    02/10/2020 04:00 PM

    I’m not a politician, haha, BUT, if Russia HAD interfered with our election, wouldn’t Hillary have won? I mean after all, the Clintons did sell them uranium...I would believe the Russian interference MORE
    if she had won.
    Next, why do the Dems insist on acting so UNAmerican? No matter the side of the aisle you’re on, they just look plain angry and anti-American.
    Third, if there is ANY Dem, Lib, or otherwise, who isn’t happy with how their 401k or stocks or investments increased in value in 2019, I will create a donation page all your surplus anti-Trump hating interest can be deposited so it can be used for improving someone else’s life that would appreciate it more.
    Thank you from FL!

  • Carol Mulshine

    02/10/2020 03:57 PM

    I never thought Paul Manafort was guilty. I will be happy when he gets out of jail.
    As for FOX News, I really don't trust them.
    What is this FOX Nation??.......... Really??
    How can they report good news, when they are all tied up with this ?
    Makes now sense to me.
    As for Lindsey, he is a wish wash! A Flipper! Back & forth.
    Plus he never seems to do what he says ? Romney is a waste of time. Sad.
    Our country is in a mess.
    All I ask is "Where's The Sheriff"???
    Who can get things done & hold the bad guys accountable?!

  • Carmine Fea

    02/10/2020 03:39 PM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee for your important post today identifying the liars and cheaters. The democrats, liberal media, and intelligence agencies for months carried on a campaign of false accusations and disparaging rhetoric against President Trump, his close associates, campaign workers, and supporters. About seventeen percent (17%) of voters believed the liars and cheaters and changed their republican support to democrat support, and in the 2018 mid-term election gave the democrats House majority and ability to misuse the impeachment clause of our Constitution against our President. Please continue to identify the liars and cheaters and help stop them from corrupting this year's election as they did the 2018 mid-term election.

  • Thala J Susag

    02/10/2020 03:31 PM

    Mass media can no longer claim First Amendment
    right of "freedom of the press" and at the same time
    join leftist political figures to silence the reporting
    efforts of real journalists like John Solomon. There
    is a stinky smell of corruption and illegal activity by
    the DNC, et al, originating in Ukraine against Donald
    J. Trump's bid for President. John Solomon and
    other legitimate journalists will ferret out the facts,
    and inform the American voters who chose Trump
    as President in 2016 and will re-elect in 2020. He is
    America's strongest fighter against socialists who
    have infiltrated our government, and America's best
    hope to protect and preserve our country's original
    foundation. Pray for the United States of America.

  • Ronald Wendt

    02/10/2020 03:28 PM

    Why can’t the President commute Manaforts prison sentence, I believe he was framed and don’t believe he’s in the best of health?

  • Dusty

    02/10/2020 02:52 PM

    Somehow Manafort and many others who were involved with Pres Trump were made to be scapegoats ? Amazing what a group can set up and do . Gov why are more of Trump and others not listening to Glenn Beck and his investigators on the Ukraine. He has presented 4 series and shown how political many were per our own people in the Ukraine down to the one woman Amb. also? This is scary to see what can be done to make things look a certain way to try to win . Why are more not even talking on this Shadow group in Iowa and what they had control to do. Backed Hillary and not Buttigieg came out on top slim but over Sanders who she cannot stand. Who all is controlling our govt. that we have no idea like when we found our own FBI people working together a few not the larger group but enough to try to control the out come . So who or what is DC our Govt today? See what the Democrats could take a FISA and DOSSIER and fake this and then we get a Mueller report and then we get second hand whistle blower not even on the original taking Pres Trump call to the Ukraine and make this to IMPEACH over? HOW. Something stinks in the Apple Barrel. We need to know and people need to be indicted for what all we had to endure.