The Kavanaugh-Barr Effect

01/19/2019

William Barr is currently being questioned before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the confirmation process of his becoming the new Attorney General.  The Democrats on the committee, like Kamala Harris, are all playing nice nice with him. That’s due to the aftereffect of the Judge Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation hearing, or more simply the Kavanaugh effect.  Therefore, expect that Barr’s confirmation is already a foregone conclusion.

Now, earthquakes have aftershocks but the Barr confirmation hearing has resulted in what I call a pre-shock. A big pre-shock is what happened today when Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller blinked.  By that, I mean that the Special Counsel did something totally out of character – he refuted a report from BuzzFeed that Trump instructed his personal attorney (Michael Cohen) to lie to Congress.

Here’s the backstory behind the BuzzFeed article:

  • BuzzFeed stands by their story which came from an admittedly unverified intelligence dossier.
  • One of the two BuzzFeed reporters who published the story hasn’t even seen the evidence that the BuzzFeed story is supposedly based on.
  • The other BuzzFeed reporter has been criticized in the past for claiming sources that he didn’t really have.
  • It was BuzzFeed that also released the now totally discredited “Steele Dossier,” the Russian collusion narrative.

So, why did Mueller make such a rare public statement when he never comments on ongoing investigations? Why, indeed? It’s what I call the Barr-effect.  His soon-to-be new boss is none other than William Barr.  Yes, that William Barr.  How would you explain to your new boss that you allowed a fake news narrative to remain publically unchallenged where it could be used as fodder for the impeachment of the President?

And that’s what I refer to as the Kavannaugh-Barr effect. It’s Beltway politics at its finest.

 

“In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake.” –  Napoleon Bonaparte

         P.S. Or when you do retract, you bury it on the back page.

2 Responses to “The Kavanaugh-Barr Effect”

  1. Nan said

    IMO, the various and sundry news sources are making assumptions (on BOTH sides) based on what they want to be true. The statement issued by Mueller’s office, when taken at face value, does not confirm or deny BuzzFeed’s actual assertions. It is a very general statement — as it should be coming from the agency directly involved in this monumental investigation.

    I’m aware of the background surrounding the reporter(s). And it may very well be they’ve presented false and/or unverifiable information. But again … until more facts are known, it’s all speculation.

    • chicagoja said

      Special Prosecutors office in a further statement says that the BuzzFeed report is inaccurate. CNN, who ran the story themselves, are distancing themselves from BuzzFeed. This could be a watershed event in journalism which could lead to more responsible reporting in the future.

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