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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Worse and Worse

The mainstream media just keeps getting worse and worse. It's credibility, seriously damaged by two-plus years of dishonest and biased "reporting" that promulgated a Russian collusion hoax (now proven to be completely untrue), was further eroded by their blatantly biased coverage of the Kavanaugh Hearings and the evidence-free Impeachment of Donald Trump. More recently, they have become irresponsible given their obvious intent to instill fear, uncertainty, and doubt surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than providing context and honest reporting, examples derived from past pandemics that blew through our country with near-equivalent death tolls and far more cases, and honest reporting that provided both pro- and con- shutdown arguments from noted medical experts, the hamsters worked hard to terrify the public (they generally succeeded) in the hope of hurting the hated Donald Trump's election chances.

Now, grievously wounded at their own hand, the media hamsters have been backed against the wall by the growing scandal that is now known as "Obamagate*." In the main, the hamsters have circled the wagons to protect their beloved Barack Obama and his corrupt administration, arguing against copious evidence to the contrary that there's no there, there. Using excuses that are as dishonest as the Obamagate perpetrators, the trained hamsters have limited coverage of the growing scandal, denigrated actual journalists who have tried to cover the story (think: CBS' Catherine Herridge or Sharyl Attkisson), and otherwise done everything possible to obfuscate.

Kim Strassel and Molly Hemingway have been at the forefront of the few remaining professional and ethical journalists who have covered the Obamagate story since the first facts began coming out almost two years ago. Hemingway writes:
As new details emerge about the Obama administration’s broad spying-and-leaking campaign against the incoming Trump administration, reporters have a choice to make about whether to cover this story honestly, at long last. There is a brief window of time afforded the media to get the story right. They should take advantage of it ...
It was one thing for reporters to stick with the false narrative through the disappointing conclusion of the Mueller special counsel report, in which no evidence of any American colluding with Russia could be found. They were able to make it through the embarrassing results of that report and the embarrassing performance of Mueller in the hearing about the report and were never confronted with a need for a mea culpa.

But if reporters think they can continue to ignore the very real concerns about politicization of intelligence agencies under Obama, or gaslight Americans by claiming such spying and leaking is normal and even good, they should wake up.

Unlike the Russia collusion fiction that was maintained by the Obama administration, holdouts in the Trump administration, and finally the Mueller special counsel posse, the spying and leaking campaign story is coming out with facts. Declassifications, court documents, and investigative reports have all shown the falsehood of the Russia collusion hoax and the truth of the spying scandal. More could be coming ...
And the Democrats trained hamsters in the media will do everything possible to ignore it, to spin it, or to accuse those who report it as bad people, because ... it just might help Trump.
One thing to remember, though. Trump and his infant administration were the victims here. He had NOTHING to do with the unethical and possibly criminal actions of senior members of the Obama administration, the FBI and intelligence agencies. Trump didn't pay for a fake dossier suggesting that Hillary Clinton was a Russian operative, he didn't try to railroad (think: Gen. Michael Flynn) senior Obama administration officials. He didn't do the lying to FISA courts, he didn't conduct surveillance on his opponents, he didn't leak secret documents to the media. The Democrats and their partisan supporters did all of that and much more.

* The trained hamsters keep asking: "What crime has Obama committed to justify the term 'Obamagate.' " At this point there is no evidence that Obama committed a crime, but that isn't the point. There is plenty of circumstantial evidence that he and his direct reports knowingly approved of an effort by his administration to cripple the incoming presidency of Donald Trump by weaponizing members of the FBI, the DoJ, and various intelligence Agencies. Members of his administration and their supported conducted a soft coup attempt. The term "Obamagate" encompasses the entire Crossfire Hurricane scandal.