“This is a perfect microcosm of the Russiagate fraud that the country endured for four years. Hoaxes were repeatedly cooked up by private intelligence operatives working for the DNC or anti-Trump factions within the CIA and FBI, and then fed to friendly reporters, who laundered the falsehoods by publishing whatever they were given, without the slightest concern for whether they were true….”
—Independent reporter Glenn Greenwald in a searing and definitive essay titled “The Indictment of Hillary Clinton’s Lawyer is an Indictment of the Russiagate Wing of U.S. Media.“
Greenwald goes on to say in this passage, which occurs towards the end of his thorough, detailed, infuriating essay,
“We have, yet again, convincing evidence of the axis of power — the DNC, their corporate media allies, and the security state services — that again and again conspired with one another to disseminate false Russiagate stories to the public. While all claims in an indictment should be viewed skeptically until proven in a court, the documentary evidence amassed by this new document tells a powerful story, as do the admissions of the key journalist at the heart of the story, such as Foer, that he conspired with Clinton operatives.
“There was indeed criminality and fraud at the heart of Russiagate. Once again we see that it came not from those accused of conspiring with Russia (a grand total of zero Americans were indicted on charges of criminally conspiring with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election: the accusation that launched the Mueller probe) but, instead, by those who injected this fraudulent conspiracy theory into the political and media bloodstream of the U.S.“
UPDATE: I originally had “Read it all” here, but Arthur in Maine alerted me that you can’t do that unless you are a subscriber to GG’s substack newsletter. I apologize: many of his best essays have been let outside of the paywall. He is the only one of the substack exiles I pay to read, and this piece shows why. I apologize for frustrating Ethics Alarms readers. Here, at least, is a recent interview in which he makes many of the same points:
What Greenwald describes was fairly clear long ago, but when objective commentators—like me—attempted to minimize the damage to our system and alert as many people as possible, they were attacked, called gullible Trump enablers and apologists, insulted and ignored. They had, as one departed commenter here sneered as he loudly abandoned Ethics Alarms, “drunk the Kool-Aid.” The Kool-Aid, we now know, was flowing in the opposite direction.
In addition to exemplifying journalism’s betrayal of its duty to our democracy, the saga is an astounding example of projection, with self-righteous hypocrites accusing their victims of doing what they themselves were doing in fact.
I’d write more, but every time I think about this and how often I was called a “Fox News mouthpiece” for stating the truth, I get too furious to express myself coherently.