12 thoughts on “ZeroHedge: WSJ Columnist Savages NYT’s Shoddy Reporting On Mueller Report “Cover Up”

  1. One columnist’s opinion does not a case make. If the NYT report is totally and completely made up, as she seems to indicate, or just the research assistant grumbling, it will out.

    If the Mueller team did in fact have summations of their own, that will certainly be verifiable pretty quickly.

    This is all the more reason to let Congress get the whole version behind closed doors. There are court cases and split decisions that might allow wiggle room for Grand Jury testimonies under certain conditions.

    Strassel is speculating just as much as anyone since the report is still under wraps.

    And there is no doubt in my mind that this delay is designed to let Trump and FOX time to “harden” the “collusion delusion” and complete exoneration narrative. Which is probably why Barr rushed his interpretation before the ink was dry on his copy of the 400 page report.

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    1. RE: “Strassel is speculating just as much as anyone since the report is still under wraps.”

      She’s not speculating about the NYT’s journalistic malpractice, which is the point of her Tweets.

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  2. She doesn’t like the NYT article.

    Unlike you or others on the right, I think the Times is head and shoulder above most media. Particularly Murdoch media like the WSJ or NY Post.

    True, mistakes are made, but not often and retractions are quick.

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  3. Thank you.

    From some one who believes the rule of law is subservient to the rule of force, that is perfectly understandable. (Re: Marines storming Congress to do Trump’s bidding.)

    Freedom is a problem for you evidently.

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    1. Here, in this thread, you express support and admiration for the NYT’s unethical journalism. You also lie about my comments on the Constitutional balance of powers.

      Under these circumstances it is you who shows no respect for the norms of our society or the rule of law.

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  4. “That is, if members of Congress violate their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution, the president has the authority to take them into custody by force to face, if appropriate, military tribunals. The Marine Corps is the assigned agency to peform this role”

    “I’m challenging your assumption that political power flows from the Constitution. The point to grasp is that Constitutional authorities are only as good as the ability to back them up with force. The presidency is the only branch of our government which has that ability.”

    Unless I am wrong, you are pretty clearly stating that force is above the rule of law since a government without the ability to use force is weak.

    Marines arresting Congress because the president is convinced they are not upholding the Constitution is pretty clearly favoring force over the rule of law.

    Are you shifting your stance? You must be if you have to call me a liar.

    BTW, your description of “unethical journalism” is your opinion in this particular case.

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  5. RE: “Unless I am wrong, you are pretty clearly stating that force is above the rule of law since a government without the ability to use force is weak.”

    You are wrong.

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    1. I know what you wrote. I am not sure you do.

      You say one thing, then curtly and with a bit of an insult, deny it.

      I think Trump is wearing off on you.

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    2. I wrote that the ultimate powers of government run deeper than the letter of the law, and the Constitution recognizes this by vesting the executive alone with the ability to use force to protect the national interests. It is false to characterize this as a belief that the use of force is superior or preferable to the rule of law.

      Please try to be more careful in future.

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      1. Either I don’t understand English or you are being purposely obtuse.

        If the powers of the government run deeper than the letter of the law, the the rule of law is not the ultimate power of the Constitutional system we have.

        In other words, we are not ultimately a nation with the rule of law. If a president decides to use what you say are his powers to take over the Congress, and you say they are Constitutional, then they are superior to the rule of law.

        For example, if a lower court rules in favor of “A”, an appeals court rules in favor of “B”, the Supreme Court would probably make the final judgement because it is superior to the other courts.

        The force you talk about is superior, which is exactly what you have stated over and over again.

        ““I’m challenging your assumption that political power flows from the Constitution.” You are saying flat out that it does not.

        I am careful. You are trying to twist your answers into a knot.

        Here is the real scary part of your belief. You are fine with letting the president takeover as a dictator should he find a Congress that he believes is operating outside the bounds of the Constitution.

        And to top it all off, you have not even described what those bounds are and how Congress would do that.

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        1. Our country was founded on the Rule of Law. One of the first, if not the first, to do so. To suggest that a superior “law” of force is acceptable is un-American in the simplest definition of the term.

          The founders shed blood and risked all to establish this nation with that principle.

          And to even suggest that a takeover is possible and a reversion to the rule of force supersedes the rule of law is fostering an acceptance of violence over mediation.

          Such beliefs, along with the idea that we could have a civil war, are efforts to tear down what we have struggled centuries to build, however imperfectly.

          There is nothing beyond the Rule of Law other than despotism, bloodshed and destruction.

          Nothing.

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