NBC’s Bombshell Deutsche-Trump Story Was An Unverified Rumor

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If you were on Twitter yesterday, you might have noticed the hashtag ‘RussianCosigners.’ It trended all day. When we see very sketchy ‘news reports’ like the one that led to the hashtag, we ignore them until the truth comes out. We have a clearer picture today.

Yesterday, Trump-hating Lawrence O’Donnell went on to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s show to make an unsupported bombshell claim that the President received loans at Deutsche Bank thanks to co-signers — Russian oligarchs. He explained that’s why Trump loves Russia so much or something.

“I may have some information, in this next hour, which would add a great deal to their understanding of that, if true, and I’ll be discussing it here,” O’Donnell said. “I stress ‘if true, ’because this is a single source who has told me that Deutsche Bank obtained tax returns… this single source close to Deutsche Bank has told me that Donald Trump’s loan documents there show that he has co-signers. That’s how he was able to obtain those loans and that the co-signers are Russian oligarchs.”

He also tweeted it along with tens of thousands of others.

It was a rumor from one person who never saw the bank records. It is a very serious allegation with no backup. It’s very disreputable to do something like this and it was done on Maddow’s show. Maddow and her guests are guilty of spreading endless fake news about collusion and obstruction, now proven false.

MSNBC’s Michael Del Moro reported it as unverified.

O’Donnell hasn’t seen any documentation to support the rumor.

The Trump-hating  Business Insider called O’Donnell’s report a “rumor.”

After Del Moro posted his tweet, CNN’s Oliver Darcy asked why MSNBC would run the rumor on “prime time?”

When you have your own network and CNN fake news denouncing it, shouldn’t an apology be in order? A correction? Something?

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham blasted MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday for running with a singled-sourced, unverified report that Russian oligarchs co-signed the President’s loans.

“This is one of the reasons that a majority of Americans have lost trust in the media. Instead of applying ethics and standards to their reporting, journalists and left-wing outlets have weaponized the media, using it to attack and harass people with little to no regard for the truth,” Grisham told Fox News.

The ‘news’ media are left-wing activists, not reporters. But they accomplished what they planned. They wanted to get the dishonest sound bite out there and they did. Busy people or disengaged people will think Russian oligarchs are behind the President’s loans and he’s in bed with them.


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