Remember when Kellyanne Conway recently stated that she made a mistake by describing the prior Iraqi refugee ban under former President Barack Obama as well as the “Bowling Green Massacre” event invented to bolster her boss’s actions in rolling out his recent controversial executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim majority countries, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya, because of US security interests.
She detailed the fake new’s stories on the 2/2/17 MSNBC TV show of Hardball in an interview with the host, Chris Matthews. As per the 2/3/17 VOX report by Zack Beauchamp, “In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that aired on Thursday night, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway managed to get two huge things wrong in a short, 19-second answer. First, she said that the Obama administration banned Iraqi refugees from entering in the United States for six months in 2011 — which is FLATLY UNTRUE.
Second, and more significantly, she made up a terrorist attack committed by Iraqi refugees that never happened — the “Bowling Green Massacre”: “Conway claims that “most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.” Most people don’t know about it because it didn’t happen.”
As per CNN, “Some critics have said journalists have to rethink the way they interview Conway and other Trump aides.”This is a pattern of behavior,” communications strategist and former “Apprentice” contestant Tara Dowdell said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.”
As per a 2/6/17 Politicus usa report by Hrafnkell Haraldsson, “CNN says they rejected the offer of Conway due to her lack of credibility. She lied about it, but Mika Brzezinski told CNN “you are not the first.”
CNN was quick to respond (her denial of CNN’s refusal to have her as a guest), pointing to Conway telling yet another lie by citing “facts” as opposed to Conway’s infamous “alternative facts”:
False. I could do no live Sunday shows this week BC of family. Plus, I was invited onto CNN today & tomorrow. CNN Brass on those emails https://twitter.com/mediaite/status/828630873218154496 …
“If Conway had any hopes of squirming out of this set of lies, those were quickly dashed by a helpful Mika Brzezinski, co-host of Morning Joe, who revealed that CNN was not the first to decline Conway’s presence for that very reason:
. @KellyannePolls was offered to SOTU on Sunday by the White House. We passed. Those are the facts.
Here are excerpts from the article, “Kellyanne Conway’s ‘Bowling Green massacre’ wasn’t a slip of the tongue. She has said it before,” by Aaron Blake:
“This post has been updated with a newly discovered third instance of Conway citing the “Bowling Green attack” — with TMZ.”
Add this to the list of her misspoken words: ”
Update: Relatedly, CNN’s “State of the Union” now says it declined Conway as a guest for Sunday’s show. It didn’t say why, but the New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg says CNN told him it had “serious questions about her credibility,” and some media watchdogs have been calling on cable news to stop booking Conway for that same reason.
“Except now she doesn’t appear to have misspoken at all; she seems to have believed that the Bowling Green massacre was a real thing.”
“How do we know? Because she cited the same nonexistent attack in separate interviews with two other outlets — Cosmopolitan magazine and TMZ.”
“While discussing why former president Barack Obama halted refugees from Iraq in 2011, Conway explained to Cosmo on Jan 29: “He did that because two Iraqi nationals came to this country, joined ISIS, traveled back to the Middle East to get trained and refine their terrorism skills and come back here, and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre of taking innocent soldiers’ lives away.”
“And she echoed those comments when interviewed by TMZ that same day, as the Daily Beast pointed out Monday afternoon.”
“He did that because, I assume, there were two Iraqis who came here, got radicalized, joined ISIS, and then were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green attack on our brave soldiers,” she said.”
“Conway’s version of events here is a mess. The FBI has said the two men “admitted using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against U.S. soldiers in Iraq and … attempted to send weapons and money to al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) for the purpose of killing U.S. soldiers.” The FBI did not say the two men traveled back to the Middle East to train for an attack. And there was no attack on U.S. soil.”
“Conway’s initial quote last week about Bowling Green — with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews — was that the Iraqis were the “masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre.” And it seemed plausible that she meant the men were the “masterminds” of the actual plot, which was to send weapons to al-Qaeda in Iraq.”
“But “masterminds” is also a word that generally connotes a complex terrorist act. And now we have these new quotes showing Conway believed this “Bowling Green massacre” involved overseas training and “taking innocent soldiers’ lives away” in Bowling Green, Ky.”
“Trump supporters will dismiss this as quibbling, given that the men did target U.S. soldiers in Iraq. But Trump’s travel ban is aimed at preventing domestic terrorism, of which Bowling Green isn’t an example. Yet Conway cited it three times as justification and seemed to believe a massacre occurred there.”
“Perhaps it could be excused as a slip of the tongue. But in context, it’s just more evidence of a White House messaging operation that doesn’t have its shoes on the right feet. Time and again in the last two weeks, Trump’s top messengers have gotten their facts wrong, mixed their messages and struggled to defend their boss. There simply doesn’t seem to be any plan.”
MY THOUGHTS: Is it possible that the president was relying on “fake news” when he felt it was imperative to execute the order for the travel ban/ refugee ban/ Muslim ban?