So yesterday I discussed in my blog Old Soldiers Never Die, Sometimes They Screw Up and Get Cast Out on the resignation of General Flynn which I thought was fair given what we knew about the situation. Late last night the New York Times repackaged a story that they essentially ran last month ago titled this time “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.” If one were to just read this headline you would believe that there was something nefarious going on and that the Trump campaign had in fact been in collusion with the Russians to interfere in the elections. Of course reading the article you find that they admit “The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.” The anonymous source goes on to report to the NYT that the number of people that the FBI was looking into was four which included Paul Manafort, General Flynn, Carter Page and Rodger Stone, but the NYT also concedes the following statement as factual as well.
“Several of Mr. Trump’s associates, like Mr. Manafort, have done business in Russia. And it is not unusual for American businessmen to come in contact with foreign intelligence officials, sometimes unwittingly, in countries like Russian and Ukraine, where spy services are deeply embedded in society. Law enforcement officials did not say to what extent the contacts might have been about business.”
Distilling down the NYT story to its basic essence we have; Americans associated to President Trump, may or may not have spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and if they did there is a probability that they may not have known that they were intelligence officers, were speaking to Russians because they had valid Business interests in Russia and the Ukraine and even though the FBI has been investigating them have found zero evidence to support the theory that the Trump campaign and the Russians colluded in attempting to interfere in the election. This entire story by the way is supported only by anonymous sources.
Of course our bastions of truth and honesty the mainstream media outlets took it all in stride and did not give into their base hysteria…
Dan Rather took to Facebook and said, “Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating constitutional crisis, until maybe now.” (And who says the elderly and technology do not mix.)
Thomas Freidman wrote in his column that “Ladies and gentlemen, we were attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and we were attacked on Nov. 8, 2016.”
Chuck Todd on MSNBC said “…welcome to day one of what is arguably the biggest presidential scandal involving a foreign government since Iran-Contra. Take a breath, hyperbole aside, folks, hunker down cause this is a class five political hurricane that’s hitting Washington.” Hyperbole aside? This is the very definition of hyperbole.
On MSNBC’s Hardball Tim Weiner when speaking of the investigation that it was “the most politically charged counterintelligence investigation since the Soviets stole the secret of the atomic bomb or the Queen of England compromising Abraham Lincoln.”
Yet everyone single one of these media outlets are all maintaining that they are not fake news. How can we be making these levels of acquisitions when the story that started this firestorm freely admits that there is no evidence, nothing has been corroborated, there may be very plausible reasons for why they were talking to Russian citizens and the entire thing is based upon anonymous sources? These outlets are not only acting hysterical, they are manufacturing it, packaging it up and giving it away for free. The mainstream presses credibility is arguably at its lowest level and as Ben Shapiro correctly points out “…they continue to step on every rake within a 300 mile radius.” If this story loses steam or falls apart over the next week, will these reporters or media outlets issue apologies to their consumers for their blatant overstatements of the facts? No they will not because they have a political axe to grind. They just got out of their 8 year love affair with President Obama so fair and balanced means that it is time to gin up the Witch Hunt against Republicans and President Trump, because as we all know fairy tales must have a villain.