As the Paul Manafort trial gets under way you can be sure that the psychological manipulation of facts by Donald Trump has also begun. While this trial is not about the collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign it serves to set the tone for the Special Counsel investigation of the Russian governments interference in the 2016 presidential election and its deadly seriousness.
It will be important to remember the facts of this case, as one of the many tactics used by the Trump administration is to lie, obfuscate, and redirect attention away from the truth. This practice has been in play since the early days of Trumps election campaign and has been introduced gradually into the narrative wearing us down, making us doubt the truth.
I was reminded of this recently during the Helsinki Conference where our President attended a press conference with President Putin. During that conference a Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, asked if President Putin wanted President Trump to win the election and did he direct any officials to help him do that? That was the question we all saw and heard Putin answer. Yes, I did, Yes, I did, Putin said, because he talked about bringing the US/Russia relationship back to normal.
When I first heard this on July 16, 2018 I honestly didn’t make much of it. The press jumped on it as an admission by President Putin as to absolute collusion by Russia in our elections. I was somewhat annoyed by what seemed like an over reaction to his response as someone else was talking at time the question was asked, and could have been misunderstood. But then came the altering of the official white house transcript of this key exchange. As reported on the Rachel Maddow show, not only was the text altered, so was the video released by the White House on YouTube. The Russian Video completely scrubs the whole exchange. Very Curious…
Uri Friedman, of the Atlantic was the first to report this and it took nine days for the exchange to be corrected on the White House Transcript. Just a technical glitch the White House reported – perhaps… Or another attempt at diversion.
You be the judge.