I nearly included this post’s sub-title in the headline, but it was too long: “Gee, wouldn’t it be great if the United States had a trustworthy, objective and competent journalistic establishment that we could rely on for critical facts?”
We don’t have such an establishment, however.
Gabbard, the former Democratic member of Congress from Hawaii who acquired more delegates in her run for the Presidency in 2020 than Kamala Harris [insert inappropriate cackle here], is roundly detested by her own party and the mainstream news media (but I repeat myself) for refusing to follow party talking points and false narratives on a variety of issues. The latest in her political muckraking is a two-minute video posted to her Twitter account, in which she stated that there are 25 to 30 American-funded biological laboratories in Ukraine and called for an immediate ceasefire around them before an accident spreads dangerous pathogens.
Gabbard’s comments were accused of bolstering Russian claims that the U.S. is developing biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine laboratories. The first whispers of U.S. involvement came from Alex Jones’ InfoWars platform, which is like saying they originated at Mad Magazine. Social media has been spreading the rumor for several weeks, and Russian and Chinese state-run media have be employing the story as anti-U.S., pro-invasion propaganda.
The problem is that the biolabs do exist. The World Health Organization—not that it is particularly trustworthy either— called for Ukraine to destroy pathogens this week to prevent the spread of disease if a laboratory is attacked. So far, there is no reported evidence of the U.S. supporting biological labs in Ukraine. The U.S denies doing so….you know, like Dr. Fauci denied U.S. funding of biolabs in China.
After the Democratic Party’s media goons pounced on Gabbard, the GOP’s Mitt Romney joined the mugging, tweeting,
Gabbard, no weenie she, didn’t take Romney’s attack lying down, and returned fire, saying in a tweet-storm…
“Mitt Romney, you have called me a ‘treasonous liar’ for stating the fact that ‘there are 25+ US-funded biolabs in Ukraine which if breached would release & spread deadly pathogens to US/world’ and therefore must be secured in order to prevent new pandemics. Bizarrely, you claim that securing these labs (or even calling for securing these labs) is treasonous and will lead to a loss of life, when the exact opposite is obviously true. The spread of pathogens is what will cause the loss of life, not the prevention of such spread. Senator Romney, please provide evidence that what I said is untrue and treasonous. If you cannot, you should do the honorable thing: apologize and resign from the Senate.
Let’s recap briefly:
- There Mitt goes again, with a false definition of “treason.”
- Tulsi’s rebuttal is deceitful: Mitt obviously wasn’t saying that her warning is treasonous, but that repeating Russian propaganda (and Alex Jones conspiracy theories) is treasonous….though it’s not.
Then the progressive-biased Daily Beast rushed to the aid of the anti-Gabbard mob be accusing her of being manipulated by….!
…a Russian agent!
The Beast headlined its article , “Accused Russian Agent Gave to One Politician: Tulsi Gabbard,” so social media picked up the metaphorical ball and ran down the field. The former Hawaii congresswoman was labeled a Russian “mole,” a Putin “asset,” and ”Tulsi Moscow Gabbard.” Within hours, the story had racked up thousands of retweets and tens of thousands of likes.
Do you know how much money that “Russian agent” contributed to Gabbard? The total amount, mentioned five paragraphs deep into the article: $59.95. This was so absurd that even the lefter-than-left website Mother Jones felt obligated to shout “Foul!”
So we are back to that sub-title. Thanks to the fact, and it is a fact, that we can’t trust any media sources to answer the crucial threshold ethics inquiry question of “What’s going on here?” because they are all stinking with bias, there is no way at this point to know whether Gabbard is accurate of not. We certainly know we can’t trust the denials from our government, the claims of Alex Jones, or the statements by Russia or China.
Incredibly, the only player in this farce that has behaved ethically beyond a shadow of a doubt is Mother Jones.