Media mogul Conrad Black was convicted on fraud and obstruction charges in 2007. Released from prison in 2012, Black went on to become a vocal ally for President Donald Trump.
In addition to writing an entire book praising the president—Trump: A President Like No Other—Black also wrote an op-ed in the National Review in 2015 praising Trump’s campaign.
The President gleefully shared it on Twitter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2015
Black said in the piece:
“Donald Trump — who, I should disclose, is an old friend, a fine and generous and loyal man, and a delightful companion — is striking very close to the heart of the American problem: the corrupt, dysfunctional political system and the dishonest media.”
This week, Trump announced that he would be granting his old friend a full pardon on the fraud and obstruction convictions he faced.
When my assistant said there was a call from the White House, I picked up, said “Hello” and started to ask if this was a prank (suspecting my friends in the British tabloid media), but the caller spoke politely over me: “Please hold for the president.” https://t.co/8jdA7j5dMO
— Conrad Black (@ConradMBlack) May 16, 2019
People are calling foul.
2. Conrad Black is the 'perfect' Trump pardon. Someone who had glitzy power in the 80s and 90s. Someone who was rejected by the establishment when he was convicted and went to prison. And someone who has flattered the president nonstop for the past three years.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 16, 2019
Of course he did. Colour me shocked.
— Serena Daly 🇨🇦🇮🇪🇨🇦 (@SerenaMaryDaly) May 16, 2019
Conrad Black is one of the sleaziest people ever in the puss-drenched newspaper business. He's also a white supremacist who said the "very fine" neo-Nazis who chanted "Jews will not replace us" in Charlottesville were a Democratic Party false flag. Of course Trump pardoned him.
— Dan Murphy (@bungdan) May 16, 2019
This is as pathetic as it is transparent: Trump pardons billionaire friend Conrad Black, who wrote a book about him https://t.co/3GKGS9kqHB
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) May 16, 2019
Others began pointing out the numerous times Black has used his platform to praise the president.
Published yesterday by Conrad Black: "Smooth Sailing Ahead for Trump" https://t.co/ofohyID8QI
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) May 16, 2019
Conrad Black frequently uses his National Post column to praise Trump. Here's one from March 29, "The absurd collusion delusion goes up in smoke at last" https://t.co/XSYPASVVTm
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) May 16, 2019
At least now we know why Conrad Black was writing all those ridiculous pro Trump columns. https://t.co/BagMVmdKqI
— Ben Holt (@beanjammin) May 16, 2019
At least that ink didn’t go to waste.