(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…
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.
Breitbart: White House press secretary Jen Psaki falsely claimed Wednesday that former President Donald Trump told people to “inject bleach” when she was confronted with the fact that more Americans have died from coronavirus under President Joe Biden.
As Breitbart News has noted, and as the transcripts of White House press briefings confirm, Trump was discussing the future use of experimental ultraviolet light technology to disinfect surfaces and remove the coronavirus. The UV technology is already being used to disinfect offices and other spaces. Trump wondered openly whether it might be possible to “inject” UV light into the body — a technology that is currently in development, and which was reported in the media just days before.
When he was asked a follow-up question about whether he thought disinfectant should be “injected into a person,” Trump said no: “It wouldn’t be through injection. We’re talking about through almost a cleaning, sterilization of an area.”
The transcript of Trump’s original remarks, clearly disproving Psaki’s false claim, are at the White House archive site.
Recently I was watching a video of WalkAway founder Brandon Straka being interviewed by TimPool and telling the story of why he left the Democratic Party. It’s a good video, with the hallmark political changer experience of an “aha!” moment in which the person previously on the left realizes that much of what he has come to believe via the MSM is based on a lie, and then a series of lies, and that moment sparks a sequence of realizations that leads to a political change.
Civis Americanus: Some of my Democratic friends have asked me how I can possibly consider voting for Donald Trump in light of his vulgar comments about women and his alleged disrespect for fallen American soldiers. The answer is that the election is not about Donald Trump or Joe Biden; it is about the future of the United States.
And here’s this from Scott Adams, starting where he discusses the Atlantic article:
From the autotranscript:
I will reiterate the lesson. Here are all the signs that this is an obvious hoax. And there were so many of them I literally ran out of room writing down all the obvious flags for this big hoax.
Number one, the timing. The timing, you know close to an election definitely ramps up the chance that somebody would make something up especially if Biden looks like he’s in a little bit of trouble.
If Biden had a commanding lead you wouldn’t see as much fake news because they wouldn’t need it. So in this situation do they need fake news to beat trump and I would say yes. Because the real news isn’t going to be negative enough.
Number two. We know that the democrats have admitted that they’re going to be using artificial intelligence to figure out how to manipulate and brainwash the masses. They don’t use those words but as clearly as i’m expressing it they have expressed it. They just use different words.
Now what would it look like if an AI came up with a line of attack? What would it look like? Have you seen the articles about AI trying to write a blog post and it actually fooled people? And you can look at it and you can see that when an artificial intelligence tries to write an article pretending to be a human it does have some tells in it. And the first tell is that it seems to be based on frequency of keywords.
In other words if it picks up a tendency it doesn’t have any intelligence really on that but it just it picks up the tendency. So okay people are talking about this, this word gets used a lot, I’ll throw that into the sentence, i’ll make grammar that makes sense, and boom it looks like a person said it. So here’s here’s the tell that this wasn’t human generated. Or if it was human generated somebody who’s not good at it. And what i mean is not good at writing.
Essentially, whoever wrote this missed the fact that Donald Trump had adopted a Chris Rock joke and applied it to John McCain. There’s no evidence that Trump intended to apply this to all servicemen or all POWs, except maybe Rosie O’Donnel, had she been captured.
Number three: CNN is downplaying the story.
I looked on CNN’s page because I thought okay is this going to be like the major story? Because it’s just like read meat, it’s like “oh we got another another thing”. Nope. CNN put it on the far right in one no picture — just text, and just treated it like an allegation. CNN did not pounce. …. What does that tell you? It tells you they know it’s not true and they can’t take another hit. CNN is obviously wounded by all the fake news it has promoted and it just can’t take another hit and this one is so obviously not true that even CNN couldn’t take a chance on it.
Flag number 4: It was published in the Atlantic.
It had to be in the Atlantic because who else is going to publish four anonymous sources? You know a basic journalist’s standard is if you can’t get at least one person to go on the record maybe you don’t publish that.
Flag number 5: One of the sources is Malcolm Nance.
Flag number 6: John Bolton doesn’t tell that story in his book.
Breitbart: Former Vice President Joe Biden told a small audience at the Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that President Donald Trump had called neo-Nazis “very fine people” — repeating a false claim he has made since his campaign began.
The polls show that the public hates the “mostly peaceful” riots, so CNN published a deeply dishonest “article” blaming Trump for the riots. On May 25, George Floyd, an overweight, violent ex-felon with serious heart disease, who took over three times the lethal dose of fentanyl, along with some other drugs, managed to die on camera while under police control.