The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

A Disturbing Lack of Objectivity

The claim was as simple as it was outrageous—Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump because Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russians. As a result, the 'collusion" did magical things (undefined) that caused Hillary to lose. I have contended from the very beginning that such claims were delusional, unsupported by any evidence, and an affront to common sense.

But the four constituencies would not relent. They believed that they could negate the results of the election, cause Trump's impeachment, or at the very least destroy his presidency with a continuous stream of unsupported allegations, a special counsel investigation, and, of course, political posturing and histrionics.

Jonathan Turley comments:
In terminal medical cases, doctors often deal with patients who move through “stages” that begin with denial. These so-called Kübler-Ross stages can be a long road toward acceptance. A weird form of Kübler-Ross seems to have taken hold of the media. Rather than refusing to accept indicators of impending death, many journalists and analysts seem incapable of accepting signs that the Trump presidency could survive.

That painful process was more evident Tuesday night when the Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller told the White House last month that Trump was not considered a “target” but only a “subject” of the investigation. After a year of being assured that “bombshell” developments and “smoking gun” evidence was sealing the criminal case against Trump, the dissonance was too great for many who refuse to accept the obvious meaning of this disclosure ...

That Mueller does not believe there is “substantial evidence linking [Trump] to the commission of a crime” would seem to merit some, albeit grudging, recognition. However, there has been a disturbing lack of objectivity in the coverage of this investigation from the start. Throughout it, some of us have cautioned that the criminal case against Trump was far weaker than media suggested. Fired FBI Director James Comey himself told Congress that Trump was not a target of his investigation. Indeed, Trump was reportedly upset with Comey largely because Comey would not say that publicly.
A "disturbing lack of objectivity" among the trained hamsters of the main stream media has been standard operating policy since the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and went into an even higher gear in November, 2016. There is little likelihood that will change.

But like many careless attempts at personal and political destruction that originate on the Left and the Right, the Left's allegation of Russian collusion has boomeranged on the accusers. There is now clear evidence of scandal ("collusion" is not too strong a word) on the part of senior officials in the Obama D0J, the FBI, and apparently, some intelligence agencies who worked in concert with Democrats to destroy Trump. This evidence indicates the weaponization of both intelligence and law enforcement agencies against the GOP contender for the presidency in 2016 and once elected, the new President in 2017. It is so serious it actually does (to use a phrase often used against Trump) "threaten our Democracy.

Of course, the four constituencies look the other way, claiming conspiracy theories and the like. But they've opened a door that will not close easily. The Democrats and their trained hamsters in the media, not to mention members of the "deep state" and even GOP #nevertrumpers may come to rue the day they decided to manufacture the Russian collusion meme.