At Tablet Magazine, Lee Smith writes about the incestuous relationship between leading media organs and former heads of U.S. spy agencies. Just as the administrative state was captured by the very industries they were meant to regulate, former intelligence officials used a willing press ostensibly covering them as neutral observers to put forward the salacious narrative that the victor of the 2016 election was bought by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies.
Far from Trump “colluding” with Russia, the press has—and is—colluding with the deep state portion of the ruling class in order to bring down Trump by any means necessary. For former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a notorious liar, this is old hat:
For example, the House Intelligence Committee report found that James Clapper “flatly denied ‘discussing[ing] the dossier [compiled by Steele] or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists.’ ” Yet while Clapper may now find himself in trouble for lying to Congress—which he has done before on extremely consequential subjects, like the extent of America’s domestic spying programs, apparently without damaging his credibility as a “news source”—he has carved a new job out of a possible crime. In August 2017, CNN hired him as an analyst, creating the appearance, at least, that the network is now paying him for the information he leaked to them. At the same time, it provides him with a platform to run an offense shielding him from the legal consequences of his actions. Presumably, Clapper will continue to justify his actions as a public official on-air while denying any wrong-doing, and his “analysis” will be presented to viewers as impartial and truthful.
And what about the press? Smith details how a recent New York Times story on Natalia Veselnitskaya’s meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. and other Trump associates in Trump Tower in June 2016 was nothing more than a pliant press using selected facts to create a narrative that is demonstrably false.
The Times reported that Veselnitskaya only recently spoke about her connection to the Kremlin, which was also reported as breaking news by the lap dogs over at NBC. But it was anything but:
…[S]he’s been saying for more than a year that she was hooked into high-level Kremlin officials. In fact, she was quoted in a Nov. 10, 2017 article saying virtually the same thing to another NBC News reporter, regarding the same fraud case: “I was in effect, the primary source of this information for the Russian Prosecutor General’s office.”
This crucial fact was conveniently left out of the Times’ story in order “to cover the paper’s own role” in working with Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson and other Russia-linked individuals to set up the Trump team.
As Smith concludes,
It’s hard to imagine anything worse for a democracy than journalists coordinating with political operatives and spies who are paid by the press to leak information about American citizens. But that’s where we are. We have hit rock-bottom.
But if I know anything about the press, rock-bottom will never come. It’s nothing but lies and furrowed brows all the way down.