The Liar’s Paradox is logical exercise that asks what happens when you have a know liar, someone who never tells the truth, saying that they are lying. Handling the issue with one liar is hard enough. What happens if there are more than one.
On July 26, CNN ran this story: Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting. It was sourced by their favorite guys, “sources with knowledge.” Presumably this is to distinguish them from CNN’s usual sources.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.
During the on air segment of the story, CNN reported that Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, had been asked to comment on the story but was “not available” for comment.
This flew in the face of President Trump’s previous denials and he immediately doubled down on the denial.
…..I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2018
This was sort of what it was until last week when Lanny Davis revealed that Michael Cohen had told both the House and Senate investigating committees that he had no idea if Trump had any foreknowledge of the Trump Tower meeting.
Now it turns out that Davis was actually the source for CNN’s July story.
Michael Cohen’s lawyer admitted on Monday that he was the anonymous source for a widely-criticized CNN report that claimed Cohen was willing to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that President Donald Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week that Cohen “does not” have any information that Trump knew about the meeting in advance, saying, “I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story.”
So Davis is the source for a CNN scoop. Then he’s allowed to decline comment as a way of giving that dog’s breakfast an aura of fact checking. At no point did CNN identify him as a source. Now he says not only does Cohen not say Trump knew but testified under oath to the contrary. And that isn’t the only discrepancy:
Lanny Davis — who's now saying the Steele Dossier's claims about Michael Cohen are false, including that he visited Prague — told me in April that the Dossier was "substantially verified" & that Cohen "was seen in Prague"
(start at 10:50 in audio)https://t.co/2tQzM1Nf7r
— Vince Coglianese (@VinceCoglianese) August 27, 2018
“All of the contacts in Europe…reported by Christopher Steele, between people associated with the Trump campaign, have been verified.”
–Lanny Davis 4/16/18
“13 references to Mr. Cohen are false in the dossier…he has never been to Prague in his life."
–Lanny Davis 8/22/18
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) August 28, 2018
Naturally, Tater has been under a lot of pressure
So wrong to laugh at this, but it is absolutely hilarious… https://t.co/5xAmBUl985
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 28, 2018
and finally CNN has released this statement
Re: CNN's July 27 story about Cohen claiming that Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting: "We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it." https://t.co/TOMJuQDbrp
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 27, 2018
People might say this is an apple, and people might try to convince you this is an apple, but it's really a purple orangutan. https://t.co/kfc67bVUnb
— (((≠))) (@ThomasHCrown) August 27, 2018
This is why no sane person trusts any of the news organizations these days. What Jim Sciutto and Carl Bernstein engaged in was total and blatant fraud. CNN digging in to defend their corrupt reporting tells you all you need to know about whether CNN is a news organization or the propaganda shop for the antifa. And there is Lanny Davis. And there is Michael Cohen.
Which brings us back to the Liar’s Paradox. What is a person to do when you have four known and inveterate liars, telling contradictory stories, and claiming to be either telling the truth or telling the truth and lies?