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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  • Patrick McClurkin

    02/10/2020 02:39 PM

    After President Trump's acquittal, Pelosi's temper tantrum, Nadler and Schiff's ongoing pathetic attempts to dig up dirt on our President, and the investigations of John Solomon, the dems are sweating bullets! Keep the heat on Gov...we have your back and we love to read your latest updates!

  • Jerry Korba

    02/10/2020 02:31 PM

    I am hopeful for the people that the next Administration of Donald Trump will be without Pelosi and the delusional misfits anti American Representatives are gone from more misrepresentation of the Country. The gang of leeches sucking the greatness this country is offering to citizens of all kinds is horrific in itself. The Gop needs to continue find great candidates to replace the anchors holding the country to very good standard this country is about to explode into Greatness dragging Pelosi's gang around is a deterrent to Greatness MAGA cut Pelosi's negative adventures and rid the country of her and her ignorant followers.

  • Debra Mitan

    02/10/2020 02:25 PM

    If possible please thank the Marine's family for his service as well as his family.
    His honor and service will not be forgotten

  • Vernon Thompson

    02/10/2020 02:06 PM

    If you are a Dimocrat whose Patron Saint is Saul Alinsky why would you expect anything different?

    Who writes and distributes Dimocrat Talking Points at warp speed so ail of the MSM can sign the same song at the same time?????

    Your answer?

  • rodney burke

    02/10/2020 01:56 PM

    John Solomon will NOT be silenced, the MSM is a joke, Of course they use such phrases as "disinformation" because they know what is being dug up, is truth which they can't handle as you so aptly put it. CNN KNOWS they are implicated in the Ukrainian scandal. Likely they are waist deep in this whole debacle. The louder they talk, the more we KNOW that Rudi, Sarah Carter, John Solomon etc are over the target. When all is revealed, the stuff will hit the fan and CNN, MSNBC will especially be implicated in utter cover up which they accuse DT of. Sound too much like Goebble and Hitler,KGB, etc. It's about to get very bad for a lot of people and there will be some heroes. Like you for telling it like it is.

  • Judy Nurkkala

    02/10/2020 01:45 PM

    When I read this, I am extremely concerned (even fearful) of what the Democrats may do next November as far as cheating at the ballot box. If they are already spreading rumors and false news, who knows what may happen during the actual voting? What extra precautions are being taken by the RNC to minimize this?

  • David Leyva

    02/10/2020 01:39 PM

    When will the spineless Republicans start aggressively going after the DNC who we now know we're behind the bogus dossier and attacking their political opponents.

  • Linda Pleasant

    02/10/2020 01:36 PM

    I can see this . I read a lot of the comments on the MSM and ever time a conservative makes a good comment about our President they just say terrible things.
    We will pray for Mr Solomon.

  • Rick Locke

    02/10/2020 01:21 PM

    I receive a daily media update called "The Programming Insider". One of the first articles is always about things that happened on this date in media in history. Today's clip was:
    "In 2015, NBC News suspended Brian Williams for six months without pay for his misrepresenting of events concerning an Iraq war story. The story was found to be untrue."
    Oh, for the good old days!

  • Jerry Korba

    02/10/2020 01:10 PM

    With so much money being brought back to so many politicians from foreign aide and other programs one can be sure people like Romney Kerry the Bidens Obama and a closet full of Senators and Congress members receiving cases of money from countries all over the world taking advantage of the tax payer why do the politician love tasing our taxes a percentage is returned to them thru corrupt systems. The countries around the world don't care US checks don't bounce and the swamp stays quiet and the swamp resists President Trump at any inquiry into foreign corruption so much they tried to Impeach him and run him out back stabber Romney be careful the DOJ wants you. Tick tock I hope your time is up. MAGA Make arrival to Federal Prison fast and easy for new inmate Romney.

  • Bonnie McColpin

    02/10/2020 01:08 PM

    There’s so much info that shows the corruption of Democrats and the left. Words upon words! My question is, Is there not a way to bring these folks who are spreading lies to justice. We need justice and an overturn of the cover up!

  • Ramona Lantz

    02/10/2020 01:02 PM

    This morning on CBS they were asking the tough questions to Biden. He kept saying Guiliani like he was a clown. I had not read this report and could not figure out why he kept repeating himself with his tone of voice and ignoring question but now I see he was trying to discredit him. ALSO, this morning Biden was talking about how Trump talked to people and Biden in the last few hours had humiliated someone at his own campaign rally. It must be OK if he does it??? Thankfully these souls Guiliani, Barr and others are still digging for answers. God is still in charge and appears not to have taken his protection totally away from the USA and our president. If we are to give the USA back to God and ask for his continued protection we look to the words of Job: "behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out. Job 20:27

  • Lucille Jarzynka

    02/10/2020 12:57 PM

    A University Professor told me years ago that if you tell a lie often enough it becomes the truth!
    I didn't believe it then and I don't believe it now. This, however, is liberal strategy. If they say it , it is true, and you had better believe it! Sorry Libs, I don't believe anything you say without verification.

  • Kevin Turnbaugh

    02/10/2020 12:51 PM

    There is little doubt that the manure is about to hit the fan; and when it does, I believe Hillary, former AG Lynch, Strock and Page, Comey, etc., just might be changing their address to Supermax.

  • John Beerley

    02/10/2020 12:49 PM

    I recall a comment which said, "The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceeding fine."

    It would appear that this is the case at this juncture. May the culprits be found and punished; it is an embarrassment to the nation what these people are trying to do to our President.

  • Oscar Williams

    02/10/2020 12:45 PM

    I'd LOVE to see the pharmacy (both legal AND illegal) bill for the Deep Staters right about now.

  • Wayne C Ortner

    02/10/2020 12:28 PM

    Governor for several months I listen to you, both here and even set TV to record your Saturday night show. (which I completely enjoy) I find often my friends and I get into the conversation of why Trump does not seem to have investigation into the corruption not only Ukraine, but also the millions of dollars Russia has sent to certain political involved people.

  • Robin Rebhan

    02/10/2020 12:27 PM

    Wow! Talk about " What tangled web we weave when there are those who we wish to deceive. ) All of this right under Obama's and Hillary's nose...... Hmmm!?
    " For we have made lies our refuge and under falsehood have we hid ourselves " KJV
    Four More Years of finding justice! Go Trump! And Go USA!

  • roger brailer

    02/10/2020 12:12 PM

    I as many others are sick and tired of the wait!Lets at least PARDON MANAFORT and then sort it out!why should he pay a price for what we KNOW to be false?

  • Richard Quitliano

    02/10/2020 12:05 PM

    It isn't just the left they're protecting... Lindsey Graham has as much to lose as the Bidens in an open and honest investigation. Also, in addition to Hunter Biden being on the Burisma, former Romney advisor CIA Op Cofer Black was too. Personally I want to see the president drain the swamp, but there's plenty of blame on both sides of the aisle.