1.The video montage above is the “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias” smoking gun for all time.
2. If the Democratic Party had competent and ethical leadership, this is what those leaders would do right now. They would thank Robert Mueller for doing a thorough, professional and objective job under difficult circumstances. They would say that that American needed to be assured that there were no illegal and wrongful efforts by the President, his campaign and his party to conspire with a foreign power to undermine a fair election. They would say that they look forward, now that the cloud hanging over the White House has been removed, and President Trump’s assertion that there was no wrongdoing has been confirmed, to working with President Trump in the spirit of cooperation and mutual concern for the national interests, without rancor or recriminations, and hope that he will do the same.
They would also, not publicly, instruct elected officials from their party to accept the conclusions of the report, to be gracious rather than bitter, to end what will now appear to be vindictive investigations, and to get on with the job of governing. This is a grand opportunity for them to regain the respect of the non-hate polluted public, and to behave like adults, patriots and statesmen for the first time since November, 2016.
If they don’t do this, and it is already obvious that they won’t, it will demonstrate that the party is cowering in fear of its most radical and irrational base, that it is following rather than leading, that it has neither integrity, honesty, decency, or the sense God gave a marmoset.
3. If the Republicans had competent and ethical leadership, they would publicly offer the Democrats the opportunity to be fair and gracious. They would urge the President and other high officials to eschew gloating. They would craft an apology to Mueller and his staff for often impugning their integrity by suggesting that the investigation was determined to “get” the President, and that the investigation was a “witch hunt.” They would agree with Democrats that as much of the full report as possible should be released, but also educate the public regarding why all of it cannot be.
4. Most embarrassing and unethical responses from Democrats:
- Beto O’Rourke, who appears to be an idiot…
This was yesterday. Yes, without reading the report, after one of the most experienced career prosecutors alive has determined that there was no evidence of “collusion,” this bozo says in public, that the President is guilty “beyond a shadow of a doubt” .
- Rep. Gerald Nadler (D-NY), whom people seem to forget was at the forefront of Democratic efforts to block Republicans from impeaching Bill Clinton, whose crime was a matter of record,went on TV to say,
“Obviously, we know there was some collusion. We know the president’s son and campaign manager were involved in a meeting with the Russians to receive stolen — what they thought was to receive stolen information — information stolen by the Russians from the Democratic National Committee as part of the Russian government’s attempt to help Trump in the election. That’s the way the email inviting them to the meeting put it.”
There it is again: the beating totalitarian heart of this whole inquiry. Without any evidence whatsoever except Hillary Clinton’s bitterness, “the resistance” decided that they just “knew” the President was guilty, and set out to find an impeachable crime he was guilty of while asserting as fact that such crimes existed. Nadler also appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to endorse a current dishonest talking point from his party, saying,
“The Justice Department believes that, as a matter of law, the president — no matter what the evidence — can not be indicted simply because he is the President. If that is the case, then they can’t hold him accountable, the only institution that can hold a President accountable is Congress, and Congress therefore needs the evidence and the information.”
This is pure deceit. If Mueller found any evidence of a conspiracy with Russia that implicated the President, nothing stopped him from saying so in the report. Moreover, since any collusion had to involve Trump agents, the fact that no such agents were indicted rebuts Nadler’s tortured argument.
- Congressman Adam Schiff—no surprise here–also refuses to say “Never mind!” after asserting publicly as fact that the President conspired with Russia, and like Nadler, relied on the “The President can’t be indicted” smoke screen, saying.
“People should wait to determine just how incriminating it is.We know that the special counsel was not permitted to indict a sitting president, and we ought to see what evidence he produced both on the issue of conspiracy as well as on the issue of obstruction of justice.”
Translation: “We’ll drag this out as long as we can until we can come up with some other accusation that we can use to obstruct and harass the President with.”
4. Liberal journalist Glenn Greenwald has been a shining ray of hope in the unethically polluted muck of American journalism covering this story, relentless, merciless, and spot-on. Some notable tweets beyond what I highlighted earlier…
- Regarding the partisan lies pushed by ex-Obama intelligence chiefs Clapper and Brennan regarding the imaginary “collusion”: “Who would have guessed that if news outlets hired lifelong intelligence operatives trained in deceit, disinformation and propaganda, that they would end up misleading millions of their viewers? They turned themselves into CIA-TV & are now paying the price.”
- “And as for the growing “isn’t-it-time-to-move-on-dot-org” sentiment: no way. This wasn’t some 2-week story. This was the single biggest story the US media fixated on for *3 years* & got the crux of it totally & completely wrong in a very damaging way. It’s accountability time.”
- On the “Barr is a Trump lackey and can’t be trusted to accurately summarize the report: “I hope I’m not putting this too harshly, but you have to be the world’s dumbest person to believe Mueller filled his report with incriminating collusion claims, but he – and his whole team – are sitting silently while his long-time friend Bob Barr lies about what’s in his report.”
- “Democrats began desperately trying to blame anyone but themselves for losing the presidency to a joke of a game show host & finally settled on a foreign villain & here we are, 2 1/2 years later, with all of it exposed as a scam but so much damage done.” (No, Glenn is no Trump supporter, no sirreee.)
- Focusing his fire on Rachel Maddow, whose low point was this:
“If you’re just going to let stuff like this go – unexamined, unacknowledged, and unaccounted for – don’t expect anyone to be remotely sympathetic to the fact that public trust in big media is nonexistent and politicians benefit by making journalists their enemies…In sum: if you have a cable show and refuse to put people on who do anything but nod their head madly at everything you say until they risk a sprained neck – all while excluding skepticism & dissent from your primary narrative – you’re likely to end up spreading deceit & scams.”
- “Also, to kill off one last point: Mueller didn’t refrain from indicting Trump because you can’t indict a President but because “the evidence does not establish the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference.”
- On the so-called “conservative news media: “While standard liberals outlets obediently said whatever they were told by the CIA & FBI, many reporters at right-wing media outlets which are routinely mocked by super-smart liberals as primitive & propagandistic did relentlessly great digging & reporting. Sorry this is true.”
- And finally, this: “Check every MSNBC personality, CNN law “expert,” liberal-centrist outlets and
#Resistance scam artist and see if you see even an iota of self-reflection, humility or admission of massive error.”
Don’t worry, Glenn. I’m checking.
5. Since I bash them here so often, allow me to give credit to the New York Times for its unequivocal headline yesterday:
6. Worst journalism ethics watchdog ever. The ridiculous Brian Stelter, who perceives his role at CNN as a complicit spin artist to deny his empolyer’s and his profession’s incompetence and biases rather than to call them out, really outdid himself yesterday, writing,
Let me take this on. Partisans on the right are already claiming the end of the Mueller probe vindicates all of their prior positions. They are saying the media, the evil media, was wrong all along.
Donald Trump Jr. is tweeting out messages like this: “#CollusionTruthers.” Accusing the press of pushing a narrative against his dad. Junior is making a rookie mistake. Mueller’s assignment was to get to the truth about Russian interference.
Now, did many commentators and Democratic politicians allege collusion? Yes.
Did many journalists ask about it? Yes.
There is a giant difference between asking and telling. The job of the nation’s news media is to ask, to question all sides to scrutinize and report on opposing points of view and only take the side of truth and decency.The president’s kids and friends on Fox should be able to tell the difference between agenda-driven columnists and journalists trying to report. There is a big difference. There is difference between news and opinion.
Now watch that montage above, which could easily be days long, not minutes.
What a weasel. Stelter is the anti-Greenwald, an enabler of rotten journalism rather than a critic of it.