Richard Grenell exposes ‘staggered political hit job’ against Trump

Jeffrey Goldberg’s hit piece against President Donald Trump is not likely to go away anytime soon.

According to Trump loyalist Richard Grenell, Goldberg is running “a staggered political hit job” on the president out of the “Dan Rather school of George W. Bush election activism.”

The hit job

By now, everyone knows the substance of the anti-Trump piece that was published by Goldberg in The Atlantic last week. The report, which cited four anonymous sources, has been getting destroyed by the White House as well as both past and present White House officials. As of Sunday, at least twelve current and former officials went on the record to deny the claims made by the Atlantic report.

But Goldberg is standing by his reporting and has hinted that there will be more coming out.

Grenell, a former acting intelligence boss and current special envoy, believes he has it all figured out. “So @JeffreyGoldberg has a staggered political hit job on President Trump. And it’s coordinated with the left. This is the Dan Rather school of George W Bush election activism,” he tweeted on Sunday.

Goldberg promises more to come

Before we get into the reference made by Grenell, you really need to hear this interview with Goldberg:

Now, something we zeroed in here was the language aspect of the sourcing. Because Trump is known to use harsh and descriptive language, it would be very easy for four frustrated former officials to replicate what Trump might say and claim it was authentic, which leads us to the George W. Bush reference by Grenell.

“Dan Rather school of George W. Bush election activism”

In early September 2004, six documents came out presenting some serious questions regarding Bush’s military service, four of which journalist Dan Rather presented as authentic documents. These documents were aired on “60 Minutes Wednesday” edition, but numerous problems with the documents were discovered after the show aired.

Much like the report in The Atlantic, the authenticity of the documents was challenged almost immediately after they were published. Experts reviewed the documents and found that they had been forged, even though they looked and sounded authentic. On September 20, 2004, CBS issued a statement on the story:

Based on what we now know, CBS News cannot prove that the documents are authentic, which is the only acceptable journalistic standard to justify using them in the report. We should not have used them. That was a mistake, which we deeply regret. Nothing is more important to us than our credibility and keeping faith with the millions of people who count on us for fair, accurate, reliable, and independent reporting. We will continue to work tirelessly to be worthy of that trust.

On the surface and from what we know to this point, Grenell nailed this one, as The Atlantic seems to be traveling down the same path as CBS did almost two decades ago.

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