OK, Facebook. Do your stuff. Sic your legions of fact checkers on a story put out by ThinkProgress, the “journalistic” arm of the Center for American Progress (CAP), which fancifully calls itself a “public policy research” organization.
If you’re not familiar with CAP, check out the headlines here or here. The second link will take you to articles on Neera Tanden, the current president of the outfit and — until recently — adviser to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. You’ll also recognize the name of CAP’s first president, John Podesta, erstwhile chairman of Team Clinton.
The headline of the ThinkProgress hit piece is “Under political pressure, Kuwait cancels major event at Four Seasons, switches to Trump’s D.C. hotel.” Here’s the lede:
The Embassy of Kuwait
allegedly[see update below] cancelled a contract with a Washington, D.C. hotel days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead.
And what’s the source of this juicy tidbit? Just that: a “source … who has direct knowledge of the arrangements between the hotels and the embassy.”
If a direct pipeline to the far-Left ThinkProgress is not enough to persuade you of the authenticity of this account, the author (and editor) Judd Legum tells us he was “able to review documentary evidence confirming” it.
The First Secretary of the Embassy of Kuwait, contacted for the story, would neither “confirm or [sic] deny” the information, and a sales and marketing official with the Trump hotel declined to comment.
If the story seems shaky, it becomes a quivering bowl of Jell-O when Legum tries to build a case that a pattern of coercion is emerging.