Turns out, journo who claimed USS John McCain was ordered covered by WH has history of dubious reporting

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New information about The Wall Street Journal “journalist” Rebecca Ballhaus has sparked further concerns about her now dubious claim that, prior to President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan, the White House had ordered that the USS John McCain be moved “out of sight” during the president’s visit.

According to reports, Ballhaus has a history of misrepresenting the truth so as to portray the president in a negative light, be it as a racist, a sexist, an ignoramus, etc.

When asked two months ago whether or not he views white nationalism as a growing threat, for instance, the president replied, “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.” But instead of sharing the full quote, Ballhaus only shared this:

Notice anything missing?

She and a host of others in the media pulled the same stunt two years ago. During a White House women’s empowerment panel at the time, the president spoke about the women in American history.

“Among these patriots are women like the legendary Abigail Adams, right, who during the founding, urged her husband to remember the rights of women,” he said.

“He was very much a pioneer in that way. We’ve been blessed with courageous heroes like Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and went on to deliver hundreds of others to freedom, first in the underground railroad, and then as a spy for the Union army. She was very, very courageous, believe me.”

“And we’ve had leaders like Susan B. Anthony. Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony?” he then added.

He was clearly being sarcastic, since everybody over the age of five knows who she is.


In response, Ballhaus and other “journalists” from The Washington Post, NBC News, HuffPost and Bloomberg voluntarily chose to trim his speech to the following five words:

The implication was that Trump didn’t know who Anthony was.

These examples from Ballhaus’s past suggest that her most recent claim is false.

“A tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of the president’s trip, according to photos reviewed by the Journal, and sailors were directed to remove any coverings from the ship that bore its name,” she wrote in a report for The Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

“After the tarp was taken down, a barge was moved closer to the ship, obscuring its name. Navy officials acknowledge the barge was moved but said it was not moved to obscure the name of the ship.”


Ballhaus also claimed that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had played a role in ensuring that the USS John McCain not interfere with the president’s visit to Japan. But in a statement to the media Thursday morning, Shanahan denied knowing anything about this.

“What I read this morning was the first I heard about it,” he reportedly said. “I would never dishonor the memory of a great American patriot like Senator McCain… I’d never disrespect the young men and women who crew that ship.”

The U.S. Navy Office of Information, the U.S. Pacific Fleet and the president have also disputed Ballhaus’s report.

Senior Town Hall columnist Kurt Schlichter succinctly wrapped up the latest media fiasco with a snarky tweet:



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