Republican House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump, by Adam Entous. Look what story the Washington Post chooses to run today.
A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. …
Ummm. Trump is a billionaire, so hard to bribe. Unlike the Clintons, who as President and Secretary of State sold favors left and right, not that the media was much interested, especially in the Obama era.
Buried much further down the article we find:
After being told that The Post would cite a recording of the exchange, Buck, speaking for the GOP House leadership, said: “This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor. No one believed the majority leader was seriously asserting that Donald Trump or any of our members were being paid by the Russians. What’s more, the speaker and leadership team have repeatedly spoken out against Russia’s interference in our election, and the House continues to investigate that activity.”
“This was a failed attempt at humor,” Sparks said.
Classic propaganda,. Misleading readers into believing something false, without actually telling a technical lie.