The ‘Pathetic’ Genesis of a Fake News Story

Here is Stephen B. Presser:

Truth ought still to be the most important thing in our lives and our politics, but truth is not advanced by assertions taken out of context to affirm a narrative.

n a headline clearly designed to prompt outrage, CNN recently claimed that “Sidney Powell argues in new court filing that no reasonable people would believe her election fraud claims.” Similarly, CBS News asserted that “Sidney Powell tells court ‘no reasonable person’ would take her voter fraud claims as fact.” The implication is that Powell, one of the most prominent critics of the 2020 presidential election, who has been outspoken in her claims that Joe Biden’s victory was secured through outright fraud involving, in particular, illegal and malicious manipulation of the vote-counting machines, has now repudiated those claims.

Clearly responding to that implication, Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan, one of the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January, tweeted that Powell’s argument was “pathetic.” He further elaborated that it was “absolutely infuriating” that “Sidney Powell misled millions claiming stolen elections. Now Powell backtracks saying ‘no reasonable person’ wld (sic) believe what she *ALLEGED IN COURT* were ‘statements of fact’!?!”

What is pathetic here, however, is that CNN, CBS, and Representative Meijer are the deceivers.

Powell has not, in any way, retreated from her claims. In spite of the assurances to the contrary from Democrats and the mainstream media, uncertainties remain about the integrity of Biden’s election as president. Prominent among these is the operation of the software and hardware provided by the “election infrastructure company Dominion Voting Systems,” which has sued Powell for defamation for her public assertions that Dominion’s machines were used as instruments of fraud.

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