Just days ago the Atlantic published an anonymously-sourced story alleging that President Donald Trump belittled fallen American soldiers, which the president vehemently denies – only to have the shocking news revealed this week that the majority owner of the publication has donated millions to Democratic candidates all while having close ties to the magazine’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg.
That’s right – over $1.2 million has been donated to Democratic candidates and political committees by billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs. The widow of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who now owns a 70% stake in The Atlantic.
In addition, Powell Jobs contributed $2,800 to former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign in October, and then in June she donated an additional $610,600 to the Biden Victory Fund. She has also maxed out donations to at least 66 other Democratic politicians including former Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Tom Steyer, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang and Michael Bennett, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff. According to the Federal Election Commission, she donated nothing at all to Republican candidates.
It is also a bit ironic that The Atlantic was the first outlet to report that Biden was running for president in April 2019. Bradley, The Atlantic’s chairman, served as a board member of the Biden Cancer Initiative – before it went defunct.
Yet, when contacted about the slanderous story about the defamation of soldiers by President Trump, Goldberg and Powell Jobs did not return requests for comment asking if Powell Jobs had any involvement in or had any advanced knowledge of Goldberg’s anonymously-sourced story.
Anyone who had the misfortune of reading the report that was published last Thursday evening that alleged that Trump called fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers” during a 2018 trip to France, knows it is complete nonsense. With all of his faults – President Trump is nothing if not patriotic. It is obvious by his actions on a daily basis that he is a huge fan of our military and works tirelessly to protect them and give them the benefits they deserve. Fake news at its lowest!
Trump and several high-level administration officials denied Goldberg’s report, and critics acknowledged that details and aspects of the report were obviously flawed.
Goldberg began the lies by saying that Trump had claimed he canceled a visit to the venerated Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018 because rain had grounded his helicopter.
Goldberg lied and said that four anonymous sources told him that Trump decided he didn’t want to visit the cemetery “because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead.”
Does that even sound like something Trump would say? If you think so…you have not been listening for four years. The lie has since been disproved by BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold who published documents last Thursday showing that the Navy did indeed cancel Trump’s air transport to the cemetery that day due to rain.
Leopold wrote the following on his social media account: “I obtained documents from the Navy via #FOIA about Trump’s 2018 trip to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris and the documents say his transport was canceled by the Navy due to rain.”
In addition, Trump aides defended Trump on Atlantic story. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was with him ahead of the visit to the French cemetery in 2018 when aide Zach Fuentes came in to say a bad weather call prevented the helicopter trip.
The White House statement at the time said that the president’s visit to the cemetery was “canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather” and that former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, whose son was killed while serving in Afghanistan, went instead.
The Atlantic is fake news.