Byron York: How pundits got key part of Trump-Russia story all wrong

Byron York: How pundits got key part of Trump-Russia story all wrong
Putin and Trump at G-20 in July 2017. (Image: YouTube screen grab via CBS News)

[Ed. – It all began with a ‘reliable’ source, the WaPo.]

A key talking point in the theory that Donald Trump and the Russians conspired in the 2016 election is the allegation that last summer, during the Republican convention, the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to weaken its stance on Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

It’s been cited many, many times. The only problem is, it’s all wrong.

The wildest expression of the theory came, as it often does, from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who told viewers on March 8 that “something weird” happened to the GOP platform on “that Ukraine and Russia thing” when the Trump team “jumped right up on that and they insisted that that plank only, that one, had to be taken out, that language could not stand.”

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Maddow’s charge echoed what Democrats have long been saying about the issue. …

Much of the reporting and commentary appears to spring from a single story, published in the Washington Post on July 18, 2016, with the headline “Trump campaign guts GOP’s anti-Russia stance on Ukraine.” The piece reported that the Trump team “orchestrated a set of events” to change the platform in a pro-Russian direction.

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