CNN analyst invents ‘overheard conversation’ between GOP senators

CNN analyst invents ‘overheard conversation’ between GOP senators
Joe Lockhart (Image: YouTube screen grab)

Evidently it’s contagious if you’re a liberal. The “it” being the propensity for importing out of thin air facts or testimony to support a desired narrative absent the real thing. We saw it most famously in Rep. Adam Schiff’s “dramatic reading” on the House floor of the transcript of the phone conversation between Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president. In Schiff’s “free translation,” he substituted incriminating language for the actual dialog.

Now it’s happened again. This time the inventor is former Bill Clinton press secretary and current CNN analyst Joe Lockhart, who tweeted yesterday:

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The problem of course with sharing such “wishful thoughts” aloud is the danger of their being repeated often enough to “become reality.” Or perhaps that’s the whole idea. As the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra points out, Lockhart’s imaginary dialog was retweeted by the Washington Post’s resident “conservative” Jennifer Rubin. Rubin subsequently deleted it, but who knows how many of the 9.8 thousand Twitter users who retweeted it didn’t?

The problem of course with sharing such “wishful thoughts” aloud is the danger of their being repeated often enough to “become reality.” Or perhaps that’s the whole idea. As the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra points out, Lockhart’s imaginary dialog was retweeted by the Washington Post’s resident “conservative” Jennifer Rubin. Rubin subsequently deleted it, but who knows how many of the 9.8 thousand Twitter users who retweeted it did the same?

Maybe I am overthinking Lockhart’s and Schiff’s motivation in sharing aloud their fantasies. Maybe like Homer Simpson, they simply make up their own “movie” when they get bored:

 

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.