“The Mueller investigation is complete and this is a simple fact that will never go away: not one single American was charged, indicted or convicted for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election – not even a low-level volunteer. The number is zero.Compare what cable hosts (let’s leave them unnamed) & Democratic operatives spent two years claiming this would lead to – the imprisonment of Don, Jr., Jared, even Trump on conspiracy-with-Russia charges – to what it actually produced. A huge media reckoning is owed. Don’t even try to pretend the point of the Mueller investigation from the start wasn’t to obtain prosecutions of Americans guilty of conspiring with Russia to influence the outcome of the election or that Putin controlled Trump through blackmail. Nobody will believe your denials”
—Muckraking journalist Glenn Greenwald, in a series of tweets reacting to the end of the Mueller investigation and the announcement that there would be no further indictments.
Greenwald is hardly a Trump supporter and his reporting has a strong progressive tilt. He does strive to be a truth-teller however, and adjust for his biases, and unlike all the obnoxious gloating I’m seeing on the conservative media, his analysis should be respected. That there were no indictable crimes related to “Russian collusion” should not have been a surprise except to the Hillary bitter-enders and Trump-deranged who were certain that the President had to have won the Presidency illicitly, because…because….well, just because. Of course, it was just moral luck that an investigation like Mueller’s didn’t find more, because that kind of investigation would be likely to uncover bad deeds in the campaigns of any Presidential candidate.
The point is, as Greenwald says, that the news media, Democrats and the resistance spent more than two years stating as fact that the President was guilty, and that Mueller’s findings would inevitably lead to impeachment as well as proof that Clinton was cheated out of the Presidency. This vicious, un-American, destructive narrative has divided the nation while making it difficult ( but, to his credit, not impossible) for President Trump to govern. That also was intentional.
I personally resent the way that I and others who objectively refused to presume the President’s guilt in this and other controversies have been repeatedly attacked, while the news media in particular misled the public and warped public discourse by incompetent, biased, and often dishonest reporting. Greenwald is right: there must be a reckoning, but not just for the news media. There must also be a reckoning for all the arrogant, insulting, smug friends, co-workers and relatives who sneered, and mocked, and denigrated those better-informed, unbiased, believers in our institutions who legitimately questioned the need for a Special Counsel and found their certitude that Trump had committed heinous crimes to win the election repulsive and wrong.
I’m waiting to see if these people, who have fed so much needless and corrosive hate into our society and wounded it deeply, will have the integrity to admit their divisive conduct and apologize for their insults and contempt for opposing views—that happened to be correct—over since the 2016 election.
For most of them, based on the character traits they have displayed, I expect to wait…. forever.