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Needed in the Russia investigation: More skepticism of Manafort and the media (Lynch Mob Doesn’t Need a Rope, At Least Not Yet)

January 11, 2019

Don’t fall for the media “bombshells,” and never count Manafort as a friend.

The Russia-collusion story manages to be at once frenetic and humdrum. Apparent bombshell revelations arise but without advancing the public’s knowledge beyond a couple of truths we all knew back in 2016: First, when it comes to President Trump, the media can’t control itself. Second, Paul Manafort is no friend.

In perhaps the 1,000th “ bombshell” report on the Russia investigation, the New York Times reported earlier this week that Manafort, as Trump’s campaign chairman, had sent internal polling data to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who is “close to the Kremlin.”

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This revelation perturbed us. Seeing how close Manafort and Michael Flynn were to both Russia and Trump, we have kept an open mind about the investigation into collusion. We don’t know all the facts, and so we try to process all new information on its merits.

Oleg Deripaska — Credit Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images

Yet while many media outlets — see Esquire, Talking Points Memo, and others — took the Times report as conclusive proof of collusion, we held our fire. Why? Because while we have tried to keep cool about this investigation, the largest media outlets have not. We recall ABC reporting that Flynn met with the Kremlin during the campaign. That was a “bombshell” of the first order. Except that it turned out to be false.

And so it was with the latest Times report. Manafort was sending the polling data to Ukranians, it turns out, not to Russians as the Times claimed.

Former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn leaves after the delay in his sentencing hearing at US District Court in Washington, DC, December 18, 2018. - President Donald Trump's former national security chief Michael Flynn received a postponement of his sentencing after an angry judge threatened to give him a stiff sentence. Russia collusion investigation head Robert Mueller had proposed Flynn receive no jail time for lying to investigators about his Moscow ties. But Judge Emmet Sullivan said Flynn had behaved in a "traitorous" manner and gave the former three-star general the option of receiving a potentially tough prison sentence now -- or wait until Mueller's investigation was closer to being completed to better demonstrate his cooperation with investigators. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Photo: SAUL LOEB / AFP or licensors

Mike Flynn outside the courthouse

This incident confirmed both of our general operating assumptions on the Russia investigation: Don’t fall for the media “bombshells,” and never count Manafort as a friend.

Manafort went to work for the Trump campaign in the spring of 2016. Trump wasn’t paying Manafort, which should have been a clear warning sign. Manafort was free to Trump for the same reason Facebook is free to you: You are not the customer; you’re the product. Manafort was working for Ukrainian oligarchs and other shady foreign clients, and part of the value he was delivering was proximity to the Republican presidential nominee and the information, such as internal polling, that proximity allowed him.

We have repeatedly warned Trump about this. “Manafort is not your friend,” we wrote in an editorial addressed to the president. “Manafort is a shady foreign agent who tried to exploit you. And if he had never been involved in the Trump campaign, there may not be a Russia investigation at all.”

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There’s some worry that Trump has considered pardoning Manafort. At the very least, we’ve seen Trump praise Manafort. This praise is unwarranted.

Trump should turn his back on this double-dealer who has caused him so much trouble. And we all should show more skepticism of the media “bombshells” that have caused commentators and other reporters so much trouble.


Weiner Communication Director Barbara Morgan shares photo of her ‘swear jar’ stuffed with cash

July 31, 2013

  • Communication director Barbara Morgan  couldn’t contain her anger over Olivia Nuzzi’s article about Weiner’s faltering  New York mayoral campaign
  • Nuzzi claimed many interns only joined  the campaign to get close to Huma Abedin ahead of Hillary Clinton’s expected  2016 presidential run
  • She said Weiner mistakenly called her and  other interns Monica
  • Morgan called Nuzzi a series a  expletives, apparently unaware that her rant was ‘on the record’
  • She has since issued an apology and said  she contacted Nuzzi to personally say she was sorry

By  Daily Mail Reporter

The spokeswoman for Anthony Weiner’s mayoral  campaign is trying to laugh off her vitriolic rant against a former intern, whom  she branded a ‘fame-hungry b****’ and a ‘sl**bag.’

Barbara Morgan has apologized for the  comments she made about Olivia Nuzzi to the blog Talking Points Memo, and  said she thought her comments were off the record.

But she tried to shrug off the shocking slurs  by tweeted a picture of a ‘swear jar’ full of cash and a credit card.

‘Not my best day yesterday. Should’ve known  better, been better. Gotta pay up,’ she wrote.

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Apologies: Embattled Barbara Morgan, right, is seen here with her embattled boss Anthony Weiner. Weiner has promised to stand by his spokewomanApologies: Embattled Barbara Morgan, right, is seen here  with her embattled boss Anthony Weiner. Weiner has promised to stand by his  spokewoman
Apology: Morgan tweeted this picture of her 'swear jar' stuffed full of big bills and a credit cardApology: Morgan tweeted this picture of her ‘swear jar’  stuffed full of big bills and a credit card
Ouch: Oliva Nuzzi wrote a scathing article about her time as an intern for the Anthony Weiner campaign.
Ouch: Oliva Nuzzi wrote a scathing article about her  time as an intern for the Anthony Weiner campaign

‘In a moment of frustration, I used  inappropriate language in what I thought was an off-the-record conversation. It  was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and  emailed Olivia to apologize,’ she said in a statement.

Embattled New York mayoral candidate Weiner  is standing by his embattled communication director. When asked if she was still  employed with the campaign, he said ‘Yep.’

Nuzzi, for her part, accepted the  apology.

‘As to Barbara Morgan’s apology, of course I  accept it,’ she wrote on Twitter.


However her account on the social media site  includes a not-so-subtle reference to the scandal. In he description of herself,  she writes that she is a ‘sl**bag, t*** and c***’ – all hateful terms that  Morgan called her.

Morgan’s over the top outburst was prompted  by Nuzzi penning an article, published in Tuesday’s New York Daily News,  in which she was highly critical of how Weiner’s campaign was  run.

She claimed many interns had only joined to  get closer to Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, in the hope of landing a role in any  potential presidential campaign for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

She claimed that one campaign staffer had  left because he had only been paid one-third of what he was promised and that  Weiner incorrectly referred to her and other interns as ‘Monica.’

In the controversial article Nuzzi  said ‘a  lot’ of Weiner’s staff had ‘short résumés,’ including Morgan,  who Nuzzi had  mocked because she ‘last worked as the press secretary for the New Jersey state  education commissioner.’

‘I’m dealing with like stupid f**king interns  who make it on to the cover of the Daily News even though they signed NDAs  and/or they proceeded to  trash me,’ Morgan told TPM, referring to a  non-disclosure agreement that Nuzzi would have signed.

‘And by the way, I tried to fire her, but she  begged to come back and I gave her a second chance.’


Besieged Anthony Weiner refuses to talk to media

Need a break? New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner rubs his eyes during a candidate forum on small business in Manhattan on Monday as his latest sexting scandal refuses to go away

Need a break? New York mayoral candidate Anthony  Weiner’s campaign is in meltdown after a former intern revealed what it was like  to work for him and his comms director lost her cool in a very public manner

‘Quit isn’t the way we roll’ new Anthony Weiner  campaign ad

dNot how we roll: In a slick new ad, pictured, Weiner  states: ‘I know that there are newspaper editors and other politicians that say,  “Boy, I wish that guy Weiner would quit”‘

Morgan went on to suggest in her conversation  to TPM that  Nuzzi would be unable to ever get another job in New York politics  as a result of her actions.

‘F****** s***bag. Nice f**king glamour shot  on the cover of the Daily News. Man, see if you ever get a job in this town  again,’ said Morgan.

She also described Nuzzi’s allegation as   ‘b*******.’

Nuzzi is believed to have stopped interning  for the campaign four weeks ago  and worked on the campaign for about a  month.

Morgan said Nuzzi’s initially showed some  enthusiasm for working for Weiner, but claimed that her ability left much to be  desired.

‘She sucked. She like wasn’t good at setting  up events. She was clearly there because she wanted to be seen. Like it was,  like, terrible and I had to like – she would like, she would just not show up  for work,’ said Morgan.

‘For the four weeks she worked there – she  didn’t work weekends, so twenty days total. Of those twenty days, she missed  probably five because she would just like not show up and not tell me she wasn’t  going to be there. So, yeah, so there’s that.’

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Anthony Weiner Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan Attacks Weiner Former Intern in Profanity-Laced Tirade

July 31, 2013

Anthony Weiner and Barbara Morgan

Anthony Weiner and his spokeswoman Barbara Morgan (Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK—In what will surely be another public relations nightmare for Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign, his spokeswoman went off on an epic, obscenity-laced rant against a former intern who wrote an unflattering article about her time working for the ex-congressman.
Olivia Nuzzi, who briefly worked for Weiner’s mayoral campaign, wrote a tell-all piece for the New York Daily News  describing Weiner’s staff as inexperienced and criticizing the candidate for, among other things, referring to female interns as “Monica.”The article enraged Barbara Morgan, Weiner’s communications director, who went off on Nuzzi during an interview with Talking Points Memo. Her profanity-laced tirade, which TPM reports was unprompted, immediately caused a sensation on Twitter, where it was compared to the infamous meltdown of a University of Maryland student who went postal on her sorority sisters for not being social enough.In a statement, Morgan offered her apologies to Nuzzi and said she had thought her comments to TPM were off the record.”In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation,” Morgan said. “It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize.”

But TPM editor Josh Marshall disputed Morgan’s account, saying in a message on Twitter the interview was clearly on the record.


Barbara Morgan,  mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s communications director, said Wednesday she  thought she was ‘off the record’ when she called Olivia Nuzzi, former intern for  the campaign, a ‘slutbag,’ ‘t–t’ and ‘little c—.’


Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily  News

Barbara Morgan (r.), Anthony Weiner’s communications director, rips Olivia  Nuzzi, an intern who had a bylined article in The News Tuesday that was  less-than-flattering to Weiner’s campaign.

Anthony Weiner’s communications director trashed a former campaign intern  Tuesday in a shocking, profane rant published by a news blog.

Barbara  Morgan said Tuesday night that she thought she was “off the record” when she  called Olivia Nuzzi a “slutbag,” “t–t” and “little c—.”


Olivia Nuzzi was an intern for Anthony Weiner during his mayoral campaign, though she says she did it to get closer to Huma Abedin not Weiner.

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Olivia Nuzzi was an intern for  Anthony Weiner during his mayoral campaign, though she says she did it to get  closer to Huma Abedin not Weiner.

Morgan was reacting to a column Nuzzi wrote Tuesday exclusively for the  Daily News. The college student wrote that some Weiner staffers signed on to the  sexting scandal-scarred Democrat’s campaign because they thought it might help  them land future work with Hillary Clinton.

Nuzzi wrote that there were “a lot of short résumés” among campaign staffers  and said Weiner mistakenly called her “Monica.”


The July 30 edition of the Daily News put blond stunner Olivia Nuzzi, a former intern for the Anthony Weiner mayoral campaign, on the front page.

The July 30 edition of the Daily News  put blond stunner Olivia Nuzzi, a former intern for the Anthony Weiner mayoral  campaign, on the front page.

Morgan, responding to the column when contacted by Talking Points Memo,  called Nuzzi a “f—ing slutbag,” according to the blog.

“Man, see if you ever get a job in this town again,” she said.


Morgan apologized late Tuesday. “In a moment of frustration, I used  inappropriate language in what I thought was an off-the-record conversation,”  she said in a statement. “It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said  tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize.”

Nuzzi had no comment. The blog’s editor, Josh Marshall, insisted Morgan was  on the record.

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