Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
News Media Unimpressed by Durham Report
The Durham Report released Monday is over 300 pages of documentation of the cooperation between the Democratic Party, the news media, and the FBI and CIA. The Clinton campaign paid for the Steele dossier, the FBI quickly figured out that there was no evidence to support it, and then the FBI offered its author $1 million of taxpayer dollars for any evidence at all. Which he could not produce. The FBI launched an investigation anyway, and the news media covered for them, while continuing to help the FBI bury the many and obvious crimes by Hillary herself. Lordy.
Powerline has some good stuff up about the Durham report already, including some responses from the news media, who played such an important role in this enormous political scandal. Even The New York Times acknowledged the damning findings of the report, but followed their recognition of the facts with this remarkable paragraph:
Mr. Durham’s 306-page report appeared to show little substantial new information about the F.B.I.’s handling of the Russia investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, and it failed to produce the kinds of blockbuster revelations impugning the bureau that former President Donald J. Trump and his allies had once suggested that Mr. Durham would find.
So, The New York Times participates in the greatest political scandal in history, denies having done so for years, and then once somebody points out what they did with the Democrats and the FBI, The New York Times says, “Well, yeah, but everybody already knew all that. No big deal. Nothing new here.” No blockbuster findings. Just a bunch of stuff we knew already. Whatever.
The ultimate Clintonian technique. Commit an obvious crime. Deny, stall, ignore, and deflect for as long as possible. Then, when you can no longer deny your crime, just call it “old news” and move on.
And that’s exactly what we’re about to do.
There will be a few news stories about Durham’s findings over the next few days or so, until the Marine from the subway takes over the headlines again. And then no one will ever hear of this again.
Works every time.
What are the odds of anyone in the news media, the FBI, the CIA, or the Democrat Party going to jail over this – a coordinated effort to control a presidential election? The odds are zero. Because this works every time.
Nothing new here.Published in General
WTAF is going on? What have they done with Jake and who is this imposter?
They won a bleeping Pulitzer for their coverage! This makes covering up for Walter Duranty’s snow job look like absentmindedness.
What difference, at this point, does it make?
But…hearings, there will be hearings! Sharp, critical voices, maybe even dramatic gestures!!
This isn’t exactly the usual operation. The usual behavior is to attack and impugn the credibility of the source, Mr. Durham in this case. It suggests the Clintons are no longer players in the D machinery. We knew that, maybe not with certainty, but the Dem, Inc. apparently feels it’s okay to no longer serve the Steele narrative. They’re having a hard enough time keeping the Biden narrative afloat, or are they? Sometimes it seems one way, sometimes the other.
The report is welcome and Hinderaker thinks it’s decisive in its conclusions, though soft-worded.
It really bothers me to contrast this lack of reaction to the Durham Report to what the Democrats are doing to the J6 protestors. In theory, their crime was subverting a congressional proceeding. And that is very debatable. But even if it is the charge on the table, compare that to what these people did.
When the FBI investigated the J6 protest in the thirty days after January 6, they reported to Congress that they did not find any weapons. But they also reported that they found no evidence of any conspiracy either. The Durham Report contains evidence of actual conspiracies.
Message to Americans: If you’re Republican, you can get thrown down a deep dark hole on trumped up charges. If you’re a Democrat, you can do anything you want.
No idea how much money the FBI spent supporting the frame job or how much Durham spent reporting on it.
There will be no prosecutions, firings, or changes.
I am particularly disappointed by Andrew McCarthy’s comment that the report will go a long way toward increasing public distrust of the FBI.
It is the misbehavior of the FBI that is undermining its own reputation, not the disclosure of that misbehavior.
Don’t blame the report. Blame the FBI’s actions disclosed in the report.
Remember how the MSM was touting the Mueller report long before it was released? That was a true nothingburger . . .
Thugs, pure and simple:
Disgusting, sleazy, despicable, corrupt, dishonest, scurvy, sickening, scurrilous “people” (?). And that’s just a start.
McCarthy sharing the mindset of the Wisconsin GOP woman who said that investigations into election fraud were undermining public faith in the system. Unless he thinks, as I do, that increasing public distrust in the FBI is a good thing.
And songs from the same album:
Battle lines being drawn: ‘A complete waste’: Former prosecutor demands public apology from John Durham (msn.com)
Ironic, they were really excited about the Steele Dossier
Don’t they know that billions were spent to carry out this coup? Who does Durham think he is?
Soft worded, yes, and four years too late. Also, isn’t the media deflection at least partly true? Didn’t we already know most of this before Trump’s term ended?
Not to mention that the Russia Collusion hoax (among others) is just as big a driver of J6 as the rigged election. You don’t get such deep belief in a rigged election without already having witnessed the non-reaction to the coups and hoaxes.
It is a strange defense of the indefensible and it tracks closely with ‘too big to fail’.
There really should be a trigger warning about that weasel’s face appearing at the end of the story. I nearly punched the screen and ruined my laptop.
Typical McCarthy, tho’.
Sundance, again: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2023/05/16/durham-found-zero-merit-to-trump-russia-claims-so-what-was-mueller-doing-for-two-years/
Edit: It was a coup d’ ètat… and Trump caught them all (rumble.com)
Dammit. This makes me angrier than ever.
And even angrier that they’re going to get away with it.
The U.S. Government is thoroughly corrupt. I’m not sure it can be saved. Might be best to start from scratch.
Stalling. Of course. And just like with Biden, they picked a geezer who could hide behind Alzheimer’s.
Sundance makes a good case that Durham is just here to enable the “Old news and deboonked” phase of the Clinton maneuver.
When I first heard of Sundance and The Last Refuge – Rag Tag Bunch of Conservative Misfits – Contact Info: TheLastRefuge@reagan.com (theconservativetreehouse.com) it was from people who called him a conspiracy theorist and worse. Even Mark Levin spread a lot of catty nonsense about Sundance, calling him a grocery store clerk, as if that is an insult somehow. The more I read at CTH the more I think the guy does his homework.
I just caught a minute of Fox Business this morning, and one of the guests made the point that there were real monetary damages to individuals because of the political activities recounted in the Durham Report.
I agree with the commentator that there should be lawsuits and restitution. The perpetrators should not be allowed to get away with these actions scot free.
Our job is to not let it go away.