Taibbi: On Russiagate & America's Refusal To Face Why Trump Won | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Taibbi: On Russiagate & America's Refusal To Face Why Trump Won

Last weekend, I published a book chapter criticizing the Russiagate narrative, claiming it was a years-long press error on the scale of the WMD affair heading into the Iraq war.

Obviously (and I said this in detail), the WMD fiasco had a far greater real-world impact, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost and trillions in treasure wasted. Still, I thought Russiagate would do more to damage the reputation of the national news media in the end.

A day after publishing that excerpt, a Attorney General William Barr sent his summary of the report to Congress, containing a quote filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Suddenly, news articles appeared arguing people like myself and Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept were rushing to judgment, calling us bullies whose writings were intended to leave reporters “cowed” and likely to “back down from aggressive coverage of Trump.”

This was baffling. One of the most common criticisms of people like Greenwald, Michael Tracey, Aaron Mate, Rania Khalek, Max Blumenthal, Jordan Chariton and many others is that Russiagate “skeptics” - I hate that term, because it implies skepticism isn’t normal and healthy in this job - were really secret Trump partisans, part of a “horseshoe” pact between far left and far right to focus attention on the minor foibles of the center instead of Trump’s more serious misdeeds.

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He Won To Be The Outsider

Old_Logan

(*The establishment needed to push through a doctrine that they've been having a hard time pushing up the hill since , at least 1967 . Taibbi is doing his part to keep what's under your MAGA Cap , right where it was , before the last election .
Light duty , for him , for a change !
It wouldn't s--k as much , if just one of the guys who are paid to explain everything exactly right , for the big ka-chings , would just loosen up a little , and admit , just once in a while , that Republicans have traitorous persons , too , albeit; some of whom have recently left to meet their maker , in their ranks , that would make the argument more tangible , but all we get is Trump promising more chest pounding about 'nothing but exoneration' , which should hold us over till the next election , when he should have no problem handling Hillary's Full Time Replacement and , like her husband , Republican Stooge , Beto O'Rourke !
More saran wrap cover )

Besides

Old_Logan

(*one must have a high tolerance for listening to BEX! , if one beli~evs Trump is the same man one thought he was in '16!)

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