Here’s a partial list of the times Palmer Report was early to a story, and subsequently vindicated

Palmer Report has a tendency to report political developments days, weeks, or even months before those same stories show up on cable news. It’s not that we have a crystal ball; it’s just that corporate news outlets are notoriously slow when it comes to reporting stories that aren’t yet trendy. We always state what our sources are, we tell you how tight we think the sourcing is, and we include supporting links whenever possible. But it still creates a situation where certain people think our articles are somehow “fake news” because they haven’t yet heard the same thing reported by their favorite cable news host. So as a reminder, here’s a partial list of the times in which Palmer Report was early to a story, and then was subsequently vindicated by the major news outlets or by real world developments:

Betsy DeVos and the Russian email server: Back on February 11th, Palmer Report was the first to report that the Trump Tower Russian email server was also communicating with a company controlled by Donald Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her husband. We sleuthed this out by connecting various details that were scattered across internet. At the time we were able to easily prove what we were reporting, but we still faced pushback (link). On March 10th, CNN finally reported the same story and splashed the words “Breaking News” across the screen despite being a month late to the story (link).

Jason Chaffetz in trouble: On April 14th, Palmer Report reported that there was reliable sourcing in the intel community that Russia was holding blackmail on Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and that the FBI had learned about it (link). Five days later, Chaffetz announced that he will not be seeking reelection to Congress, and hinted that he may not finish his current term.

Michael Flynn immunity: Back on March 25th, I wrote an opinion piece (clearly marked as “Opinion”) in which I laid out the circumstantial evidence that led me to believe Flynn was trying to work with the Feds in the Trump-Russia scandal (link). One week later, Flynn publicly offered to cut a deal, requesting immunity.

Mike Pence email scandal: Back on November 17th of last year, just days after the election, Palmer Report began reporting on Mike Pence’s private email scandal in Indiana. We weren’t even first to this one; we first learned of it from a newspaper, which we gave credit to (link). Nonetheless, when cable news didn’t immediately pick up the story, we were accused of having invented it. But by March of this year, cable news outlets began covering Pence’s emails as if they were breaking news.

Broken voting machines: Back in December of last year, Palmer Report began reporting extensively on broken voting machines in swing states. On December 2nd we reported on broken machines in Wisconsin, based on information we obtained directly from designated recount observers (link). Then on December 6th we reported on broken voting machines in Michigan, which we sourced to a local newspaper (link). For our efforts we were called “fake news” by a local CBS affiliate, which later quietly retracted its entire story. One increasingly disreputable fact check site declared our reporting to be “false” by trying to invent a difference between “broken seals” and “broken security seals.” We took more heat for reporting on broken voting machines (from the left and right) than on anything else we’ve ever reported, because virtually no other news outlets were bothering to report on it. Then on April 12th of this year, a Freedom of Information Act request confirmed that there were ninety pages of broken voting machines in 2016 swing states (link), thus vindicating everything Palmer Report had been reporting about broken voting machines for the previous five months.

Russia and the Syrian gas attack: Back on April 8th, I wrote an opinion piece (clearly marked as “Opinion”) where I laid out the logical and circumstantial evidence as to why Russia was likely involved in the Syrian chemical gas attack (link). Two major newspapers proceeded to take cheap shots at Palmer Report for it, incorrectly asserting that I had provided no evidence at all. One of them falsely accused Palmer Report of being “fake news.” But three days later the Associated Press reported that Russia did know in advance (link), confirming the central tenet in my original article. We’re still waiting for the two newspapers to retract the now-thoroughly disproven claims they made about Palmer Report.

Donald Trump and Dmitry Rybolovlev: Back on February 13th, Palmer Report reported on the curious flight patterns of Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who seemed to be flying in to meet Donald Trump in various cities. We sourced this to social media sleuths who were tracking the private plane’s call signal (link). But for our efforts we were labeled conspiracy theorists. Then on March 3rd, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow did a segment on those same Rybolovlev flight patterns (link). Rybolovlev has since acknowledged he was on one of those flights.

Jill Stein and Vladimir Putin: Back on February 24th, after it was reported elsewhere that Michael Flynn was paid to sit with Vladimir Putin at a dinner banquet, Palmer Report focused on the fact that Jill Stein was sitting at the same table with them (link). Then on April 18th, NBC News began reporting on the same story (link).

The above examples are just a small fraction of the instances in which Palmer Report has been early to a story, taken heat for it from all sides, and then later been vindicated for it. Do we have a crystal ball? No, just a strong research ethic. Are we perfect? No, but very rarely do we turn out to be wrong. That’s because we decline to report things when the leads we chase down end up being out of line with the available evidence, or when the sourcing doesn’t seem right to us. There’s a lot of easy short-term traffic to be had by peddling in empty political rumors, but we prefer to stick to things that we expect to be ultimately vindicated on.

It’s worth pointing out that when larger news outlets have later reported what Palmer Report has already reported, they’ve virtually never given us credit for it. That’s not a complaint; it’s just how these things go. You’d have to ask the larger news outlets why they work so slowly to report these things, when they have access to the same information we do, and they gave greater resources. But the next time you see Palmer Report reporting something that you aren’t yet hearing from larger news outlets, and you see clueless individuals on social media yelling that we must be “fake news” because of it, keep in mind that it’s because Palmer Report tends to be early to these things. Feel free to point out to them that we’re regularly vindicated for it in the end.


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21 Comments

  1. some woman on April 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Props, and gratitude. You must get so frustrated. I see you writing at 3 am (do you know about the recently discovered genetic mutation in night owls?) and figure you work your butt off only to find yourself under- or unappreciated and overlooked. But your small group of supporters is becoming larger and larger, and your accuracy, transparency and credibility are inspiring and appreciated.

  2. Elizabeth Bertsch on April 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Exactly, you are the bellwether my friend! Keep up the good work, we really need you now! This treason is taking too long to bring to light, I feel the real damage being done to our democracy.

  3. Claudia Groh on April 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I’m sad to learn some consider your work fake! It’s because of your work I am able to understand more! Don’t stop!
    When I do share, your piece, they wonder how in the heck you knew before the media came out with it. I hope they joined.
    Sometimes it’s hard to wait to see what puzzle pieces fall in place, but, that is me.
    I always look forward to read what you care to share!
    Thank you!!

  4. chaptrabit on April 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Your reporting has not gone unnoticed. KUDOS. You deserve far more credit for bringing this treasonous slime to light. Keep going. Roll those heads!

  5. Jan on April 19, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Bill, please keep reporting!! Your reporting is right on & honest!! You do your homework. I appreciate everything you do. I read a lot & your accuracy & credibility is appreciated!! Thank you!!

  6. American Expat on April 19, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I’m glad you put this list together to remind us.

    Your research is one thing I appreciate, but it is your theories about the meaning of these discoveries that keep drawing me back to your site. Your intuition about how these pieces of the puzzle all fit together is remarkable. I wish other sites that eventually publish your findings would attribute your site with a link. Thanks for all your hard work.

  7. Eira on April 19, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Bill, you are my hero. Your excellent work ethics and your brilliant analysis — that’s what I need every day.

    Live long and prosper, I wish you the best and thank you for your work that is very important for our whole nation.

  8. kimberley on April 19, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Your my go to source, haven’t been wrong so far. Keep up the good work we know who has the real goods when it comes to all things Russia Trump and thank you for not
    posting fluff pieces.

  9. Mel on April 20, 2017 at 6:33 am

    i read your articles daily and appreciate your bold and thorough investigating. Do you only report on political issues? I would love to see someone factually report on the United airlines fiasco, as main stream media has skewed all the facts to sensationalize the story. Thank you for all you do!

    • Bill Palmer on April 21, 2017 at 4:03 am

      If only there were enough hours in the day to cover broader issues. Right now politics has been taking up them all 🙂

  10. Denni A on April 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

    keep up the great work Bill, I see on other news sites commenters posting links to your news blog. there would sometimes be retorts “fake news”….not anymore.

  11. Mark Alexander on April 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

    The fact that you have been so consistently right in all this is what gives me hope that indded, the Cheeto-faced Shitgibbon and his minions will be dragged from the White House in chains.

    • Susan on April 21, 2017 at 4:40 am

      “Cheeto-faced shitgibbon” wins

  12. Mark on April 20, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I’m not concerned with what some might say about the site, (I realize you have to be) and you have nothing to prove to your loyal followers. As I’ve posted before, I always come here first when ever I get a whisper of anything Trump/Russia to see what your take on it is….then I hit Louise and Claude’s twitter feed to see what XX Com. and the gang think.
    Great work, keep it up.

  13. Eric C. Forat on April 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    So, as is often said: “Truth will Out”, but only if someone tells it as it is, (someone who obviously is not Agent Orange!). Bill Palmer is one such truth teller who deserves more recognition and support in his endeavor to suss out the reality hidden under the Mountain of bullcrap produced by the traitors who are currently “governing us” (hahaha!). Kudos, and many thanks, Bill, and “More Power to You!”

  14. Skeptic turned Believer on April 20, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Bill, I’m glad you published this story, and I think you should do these more often. When I first heard of this website, I did some light research and saw the accusations of it being “fake news.” So I was a bit skeptical initially but gave it a chance. And since I started reading, I have witnessed the mainstream news networks catching up to the stories you break. Every. Single. Time.

    So thank you – and keep up the great reporting.

  15. Jill White on April 21, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Ditto all the above. I so appreciate your diligence and your willingness to stay in the ring despite the lack of credit or kudos. Wish I could support you with more than words! Please keep up the good work! We rely on you more than ever.

  16. SallysF. on April 21, 2017 at 8:08 am

    If reporters think they are getting “news” from sitting in front of Spicey they are wrong. They are taking the lazy way and are not true journalists. Just as a play-date is not making friends; a play-date is having your friends supplied by your mom. Get out in the world and make your own friends and stories.

  17. R. Turner on May 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I love your reporting and you’re now the 1st page I go to in the morning to read when I have my coffee.
    I also ck in thruout the day and evening. I think so far you’re ahead of the game. We can’t all be right 100% of the time and heck the msm is wrong often! so they sure shouldn’t be giving you a hard time! I think they are jealous because you’re getting the story way before they are. I wondered why the hell we didn’t hear more about the Steele Dossier when I was reading about in last August! but didn’t hear a peep about it on the MSN news until well into the year! Hell if they had really been on top of everything and had stopped following around Trump and covering him for free every damn time he even farted, he wouldn’t be our Potus right now! If they had covered the russia story better and his real background of shady dealings and I mean really covered it! and been on top of things instead of telling us more shit about Hillary’s emails ( gag.. no story there! and even if she had done anything who the hell cares! so what! other did the same thing but no one bothered to go after them! that’s what makes me so furious about it! The double standard) Then right now we wouldn’t have that orange lying bastard as our ( gag) president. I still have a hard saying or even thinking that! That the American people would elect that lying cheating pig to be the figurehead of our Country makes me sick. So keep up the good work! I think maybe Cnn could take a lesson from you in good journalism to be honest. I actually rarely even watch them anymore because of some of the idiots they have on anymore like Jeffery scum bag lol. God that man is dense.

  18. Laurence Hazlewood on May 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I confess I was dubious about the credibility of your site at first. There is so much “genuine” fake news and opinion masked as fact (especially on the Right it seems) that I doubted the possibility of real integrity in reporting being possible.

    I myself have made numerous predictions that I felt might be on the edge of conspiracy nut-flakes only to find my conclusions turning up in main-stream reports and given credibility (but no credit) by expert witnesses.

    I am glad I stuck with you and hope you continue to lead the charge, and that the Big Boys develop a sense of fair-play and humility.

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