The mainstream media was frothing at the mouth yesterday evening after believing that they had caught Donald Trump in an embarrassing lie. Today, they're looking foolish.
It began after Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto — a meeting that sent a jealous Hillary Clinton on a whiny tirade — yesterday afternoon to talk about border issues and trade agreements.
After the meeting, when asked about his plan to have Mexico pay for the new border wall, Trump said, "We didn't discuss payment of the wall. That'll be for a later date."
But a short while later, Nieto tweeted that "At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall."
The mainstream media immediately jumped on those words as proof that Trump had lied, further evidence that his last-minute visit to Mexico was a colossal failure — as they were predicting before he even got there. On the contrary, many people on the Right are calling Trump's meeting a massive success and even some on the Left are saying that it was an embarrassment for Hillary.
What the media failed to analyze, though, was the exact wording of Trump's and Nieto's statements. Trump said they didn't "discuss" who would pay for the wall. Nieto said "I made clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall." Obviously, there was a disagreement on the nature of that conversation.
What actually happened was made clear today by Wall Street Journal campaign reporter Reid J. Epstein and Latin America editor David Luhnow.
On Twitter, Epstein wrote: "EPN spox [Enrique Peña Nieto spokesperson] to @davidluhnow: EPN told Trump no wall $$, Trump didnt react. 'Mr. Trump was not lying ... because there was no discussion.'"
That about sums it up.