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In what may very well get lost in the fog of early war history in the making, earlier this week Powerline directed us to an interesting…and, I think, important…retrospective of the sorry state of award-winning modern media in a post titled LOOK BACK IN ANGER. The target article below should serve as a primer of the coming of age of the Anti-Intellectual Era in America that was birthed under the Obama Administration. (Nurtured for years through the Uni-Party Failure Theater charades of the early twenty-teens, the creature first really flexed its muscle with the national bathroom free-for-all of May 2016. We can all now hope that the two years of COVID hysteria have led to peak unseriousness with a quick recovery to follow. That is still far from clear. But I digress.) Again, while not in-depth enough to really convey the near-orgasmic daily mania from the left and their enablers within our perimeter, here the New York Post is sufficiently dismissive of the entire fake narrative and equally unimpressed by once-respected mechanisms of recognition insisting on the unseriousness of “participation trophy” status:
“For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest,” the citation from the Pulitzer Prize board begins, “that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.”
Except the journalism that the Pulitzers honored — a 2018 National Reporting prize shared by the Washington Post and the New York Times for reporting on Russiagate — did no such thing. …
As a lesson in mass delusion, it’s worth going through the 20 stories that make up the Post and the Times’ award-winning series to show just how damaging they were: to the truth, to the newspapers’ reputations — and to America itself.
Mass delusion…check. Damaging to America itself…check. And note that those “20 stories” that largely fed the news pipeline throughout the land (i.e., the megaphones of cable news and the repetition of local papers) represent an intentional and persistent offensive to plant and sustain a false narrative in the minds of We the People. Early on the players sensed blood in the water and thought Trump would be forced from office without ever unpacking his bags. Later the mission shifted to a stall game…they needed to suck the oxygen out of the news cycle every day. (That is why the first impeachment hoax was improvised so soon after the Mueller report. But I digress.)
I’ll let you go read through the meat of the story – “Russia, Russia, Russia” … “the tower meeting” … “the dossier” … “the thumbsuckers” … “the ‘coverup'” … “a whole lot of nothing”. So much of it was just eaten up by the willfully ignorant among us. Yet it was all about nothing…and worse:
Of course, the Mueller report, released in 2019, blew it all away. After a full investigation, there was no “collusion.” All the smoke and mirrors used by the Times and Post and their anonymous briefers to turn ambassador meetings into Kremlin plots add up to nothing.
Yet the damage had been done. The liberal media had “destabilized US democracy” more than Russia ever could, by feeding left-leaning Americans a constant, false narrative that their president was a sleeper agent. Whatever your feelings about Donald Trump, it should disturb you that political opponents and bureaucrats who hated him could so easily weaponize the press to undermine the government from within.
No doubt many media types and their stoolies across the land were true believers (in the cause, at least) and all-in on whatever it took but, it must be realized that much of this, at some level, was all just a very cynical part of the game of politics in our ruling beltway. A very dangerous game of cynical politics. And most of the players are still there enjoying the aftermath of the successful mission.
Into the abyss…Published in