As you know, the White House has been accused of doctoring video and eliminating words from a transcript of the Trump/Putin press conference in Helsinki last week. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was among those pushing the story, and CNN’s Brian Stelter later joined in.
The Washington Post debunked all the Resistance accusations about the omission being nefarious, but that didn’t stop Stelter from doubling down. NBC News correspondent Kasie Hunt has taken it as far as to make this accusation about the White House:
As comparatives, here are Vox, Kremlin, and WH transcripts.
Vox is unaltered. Kremlin omits whole exchange. WH omits question.
To be clear:
"Did you want Trump to win elex & did you direct your officials to help him?"
"Yes I did. Yes I did." pic.twitter.com/O0l70Urp1k
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) July 25, 2018
Note the White House is behaving like the Kremlin in releasing doctored versions of real events https://t.co/STZ2XseMtE
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) July 25, 2018
As the Washington Post pointed out, the transcript controversy isn’t what the Resistance is trying to make of it, but were similar alarms sounded in 2016?
Yes, many of us have noticed these things.https://t.co/VEOEnUSctb
— Cocaine Mitch, Supreme Court whisperer (@JD_235) July 25, 2018
We don’t recall the media accusing the Obama White House of acting like the Kremlin after an Iran-related question from James Rosen to Jen Psaki mysteriously disappeared from the video and transcript.