(Scott Johnson) The Clinton presidential campaign’s fabrication of the Russia hoax is the dirtiest trick in American political history. Beginning with Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS and the Perkins Coie law firm, it enlisted co-conspirators in the Obama Department of Justice, the FBI, and the mainstream media.
Matt Taibbi took up the complicity of the mainstream media at his TK News site in “The Russiagate Whitewash Era Begins.” The column is mostly behind his subscription paywall, but Taibbi has now made the column available in the form of a YouTube video and podcast read by Jared Moore. I have posted the video below.
By my lights, however, what we have in the hugely influential stories Maté focuses on is complicity with perpetrators rather than lapses in professional standards. That is the case that Lee Smith argues in his Tablet column “Here Comes the Limited Hangout.” Subhead: “America’s Nixonian press corps takes a page from the Watergate playbook to try and cover up its active role in the criminal Russiagate hoax.”
Why won’t the prestige press come clean on its role in the Russia hoax? Crisis management consultant sketches out the deterrents in his Wall Street Journal column “The media stonewalls on the Steele dossier.” Dezenhall frames the basic problem this way, in terms of incentives…
J. Peder Zane’s RealClearPolitics column makes the case “Why the Russiagate Scandal Outranks the Rest.” This I believe:
Michaael Isikoff and David Corn were key media conduits for the Russia hoax fabrications wrought and disseminated by Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, the Perkins Coie law firm, and the Clinton campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election. Isikoff and Corn expanded their reporting into the 2018 bestseller Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.
All in all, given the active participation of officials in the upper reaches of the Obama administration, including the FBI, the hoax must be counted the dirtiest trick in American political history. With the perspective afforded by the indictment of Igor Danchenko, Paul Sperry looks back in the RCP column “Journalist-Authors Isikoff, Corn Also Fell For Danchenko’s Mythical Dossier Source.” What did Corn and Isikoff have to say when Sperry came calling? “Neither Corn nor Isikoff responded to requests for comment….Their publisher, Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, did not reply to emails seeking comment.” Highly recommended.
NOTE: The column follows up on Sperry’s November 10 column “Danchenko Indictment: How Dossier Non-Source Sergei Millian Was Framed.”