Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
- Coverage of politics by the U.S. fake news media is filled with rank double standards, with Republicans always being held to a far higher standard of behavior than Democrats. But none is ranker than the media double standard when it comes to dealings and entanglements with Russia. The latest sliming of Donald Trump Jr. by the NYTimes and other fake news media outlets is just the latest in a long, long line of examples of the media’s literal insanity when it comes to matters involving Russia.
- First, let’s look at what Mr. Trump Jr. is alleged to have done. As of this morning, he is alleged by the NYTimes – on the word of “three people with knowledge of the situation”, what ever the hell that means – to have received an unsolicited email last June from some guy named Rob Goldstone, who had no official involvement with the Trump campaign. In that email, Mr. Goldstone is alleged by the NYTimes to have encouraged Trump Jr. to meet with a woman – who had no position with the Russian government – who claimed that she had damaging information about the Hillary Clinton campaign, including information indicating that the Russian government was funding that campaign and the Democratic National Committee. (Mr. Goldstone, by the way, denies making any such statement in his email. But nevermind that, the Times is intent on making this into a scandal.)
- Mr. Trump Jr. did take a meeting with this woman who, as it turned out, had no such information about the Russians, and instead really wanted to talk about an American law that prevents Americans from adopting Russian babies. The meeting quickly broke up, and everyone went on their merry way – this, no one disputes. This, the NYTimes wants you all to believe is a major scandal.
- Now, let’s look at what the NYTimes does not consider to be a scandal: While serving as Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton brokered a deal that turned over roughly 20% of U.S. uranium reserves to a handful of Russian companies. Shortly after that deal was finalized, those companies “contributed” millions of dollars to the Clinton Crime Family Foundation. The NYTimes finds nothing suspicious about any of this at all.
- Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta has made millions of dollars from investments and sitting on boards of various Russian companies, and in fact maintained significant Russian investments while managing the Clinton campaign. The NYTimes finds no issue with any of that.
- During the 2012 presidential campaign, then-President Barack Hussein Obama was caught on an open mic whispering to Russian Foreign Minister Dmitry Medvedev “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for him (Vladimir Putin) to give me space. This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” Despite the clear message being sent here – that Obama felt the need to act tough towards Russia during the campaign, but would be more amenable once re-elected – the NYTimes saw nothing scandalous in this behavior.
- Going back even further in time, to 1984, liberal hero Ted Kennedy flew to Moscow and literally begged the Russian government to intervene in the U.S. presidential election in a failed effort to prevent the re-election of Ronald Reagan. No one at the NYTimes saw any issue with that at all, and Mr. Kennedy was able to serve in the U.S. Senate until the day he died.
- Here’s reality: During the campaign, representatives of both the Trump and the Clinton campaigns no doubt held dozens, if not hundreds of meetings with third parties claiming to have damaging information about the opposition. This is an integral part of what every campaign refers to as “opposition research”, and these campaigns will take any real, true information they can get their hands on, regardless of the source. There is nothing scandalous about anything we’ve learned about Trump Jr.’s meeting with this woman thus far, and damn sure nothing illegal about any of it. Anyone who says otherwise is just a partisan hack, which of course, accurately describes everyone who works for the NYTimes.
- In addition to that reality, given the many episodes in which stories published by the NYTimes about this presidency based on anonymous sources have been clearly demonstrated to be utterly false, there is a greater than 50/50 chance that this latest bit of journalistic malfeasance will ultimately have to be corrected or withdrawn.
- But for the time being, this will be the story on which the entire fake news media obsesses as the Trump Administration continues to systematically erase the Obama policy legacy from the federal books. Seems like a fair trade to me.
Just another day in fake news media America.
That is all.