Don Jr. calls on corrections from slew of smearing lawmakers after NPR admits story is false

While some praised NPR for “finally telling the truth” Thursday after it issued a lengthy correction note admitting it’d “mischaracterized” something President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. had said, others were less impressed, including the president’s son.

“I guess this is as close as I’ll get to an apology where yet another ‘bombshell’ bites the dust,” Trump Jr. sarcastically tweeted a couple hours after the left-wing outlet issued its correction.

“Pro tip: don’t just rush to publish anything thinking that it’s the got ya you so desperately want it to be. CNN has the market cornered on that… let them own it.”

Look:

Initially published early Friday morning, NPR’s original piece falsely claimed the president’s son lied while speaking to Congress last year about the now-notorious Trump Tower deal.

Between 2015 and 2016, the president’s then-personal attorney Michael Cohen spoke with various Russian officials about building a Trump Tower in Moscow.

During meetings with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in 2017, Cohen lied about the specific timing and extent of these communications with Russian officials.

In a plea deal reached just this week, Cohen fessed up to lying, and according to NPR’s initial report, his admission contradicted with statements previously made by Trump Jr.

“Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony to Congress about his family’s real estate negotiations with powerful Russians does not comport with the new version laid out by Donald Trump’s ex-attorney Michael Cohen, official transcripts show,” NPR falsely alleged.

“Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 that although there had been negotiations surrounding a prospective Trump Tower in Moscow, they concluded without result ‘at the end’ of 2014. … The accounts by Trump Jr. contrast with a new version of events given by Cohen on Thursday in a guilty plea in federal court.”

Cohen admitted this week that discussions about the deal continued until 2016.

In response to NPR’s false report, which was picked up and echoed by dozens of other demonstrably left-wing media outlets, liberals on Twitter went wild with glee.

Included among the celebrators were several Democrat congressmen.

Look:

Except that the quotes NPR used to “prove” that Trump Jr. lied to Congress in 2017 were taken completely out of context, as noted by National Review.

While the president’s son did admit to Congress that the deal fell apart “at the end” of 2014, the glaring catch is that he’d been referring to another deal, the so-called Agalarov deal.

“When Trump Jr. refers to the deal that ‘died of deal fatigue,’ he was not referring to the deal Cohen was attempting to broker,” NRO’s David French pointed out. “The Agalarov deal died in 2014. The Cohen deal — according to Trump Jr. — was still alive in 2015 and 2016.”

Transcripts of Trump Jr’s testimony clearly show he did in fact admit that the Trump Tower discussions continued through 2016, as the left-wing outlet has since been forced to admit.

“Trump Jr. and investigators were alluding to a different set of negotiations — not to a deal that Cohen was reportedly pursuing. Trump Jr. did acknowledge in his testimony that Cohen and another man were exploring a possible deal in Moscow in 2015 or 2016,” NPR admitted in its on-site correction.

The problem is that the damage has already been done, and NPR’s “mischaracterization” (or “lie” or “smear,” as some are calling it) has already spread to the far corners of the Internet, in part because the left-wing outlet took so long to issue a correction.

This means Trump Jr. has his work cut out for him, not that he seems to mind. He’s been using NPR’s correction to smack — for a lack of a better word — his gleeful critics over the head with truth bombs.

Look:

His supporters have been equally critical of NPR:

Vivek Saxena

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