Enemies lists are not something that exist in a democracy — or at least not until today. Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for Trump for President, sent a memo today to “Television Producers” attacking the “credibility of certain guests.” Murtaugh alleges that the Mueller report states there was no collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign. Then follows a list of Democratic leaders and others, whom Murtaugh accuses of “lying to the American people by vigorously and repeatedly claiming there was evidence of collusion.” Murtaugh says these people lied and made false claims on their airwaves and he now demands that their voices be silenced, in essence. Below are the names in the memo, what they said, and when they said it.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT): “The evidence is pretty clear that there was
collision between the Trump campaign and the Russians…” (MSNBC, “All In,”
• Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA): “I think there’s plenty of evidence of collusion or
conspiracy in plain sight.” (“CBS This Morning,” 8/5/18)
• Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY): “There was obviously a lot of collusion. The question is
how high. Every day we – every day – every so often we get new information about
involvement.” (CNN, “Erin Burnett OutFront,” 10/27/17)
• Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA): “In our investigation, we saw strong evidence of
collusion.” (CNN, “Wolf,” 3/16/18)
• DNC Chairman Tom Perez: “And over the course of the last year we have seen, I
think, a mountain of evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Russians to
basically affect our democracy.” (NBC, “Meet The Press” 4/22/18)
• Former CIA Director John Brennan: “I called his behavior treasonous which is to
betray one’s trust and to aiding and abet the enemy and I stand very much by that
claim.” (NBC, “Meet the Press,” 8/19/18)
Here’s the rest of the memo:
Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions. You should begin by asking the basic question:
“Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the
outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past?”
At a minimum, if these guests do reappear, you should replay the prior statements and challenge them to provide the evidence which prompted them to make the wild claims in the first place.The American people have been bombarded by these accusations, through the media, for two long years. They have been told that their legitimately elected president had colluded with Russia – a claim proven to be false. At this point, there must be introspection from the media who facilitated the reckless statements and a serious evaluation of how such guests are considered and handled in the future.
This is very sobering. Trump is backlash mode, and this is going to get ugly.