russiagate! so good, they faked it up twice!

Establishment Pundits Go Nuts Over New Russian Hacking Conspiracy
Caitlin Johnstone, Jan 14 2020

The NYT reports that GRU operatives launched a successful “phishing attack” on the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of scandalous allegations about Joe Biden, and establishment pundits are falling all over themselves to tweet the hottest take on this exciting new Russia conspiracy. The story itself fails the smell test on a number of fronts. It falsely claims that allegations of Biden’s corrupt dealings with Ukrainian boxtops as vice-president have been “discredited,” and its only named source is a cyber-security firm with foundational ties to the NSA and to Crowdstrike, which you may remember as the extremely shady Atlantic Council-tied company at the heart of the plot-hole-riddled 2016 Russia hacking narrative, whose founder is now a billionaire. The article also of course lacks any hard evidence for its claims, and is of course completely silent on any details as to how the security firm knows that the alleged hackers were both Russian and tied to the Russian government. This is par for course with mass media news reporting on anything negative about Russia, where all journalistic standards have gone out the window and nobody suffers any professional consequences for even the most egregious misreporting on that nation. And, naturally, liberal pundits are guzzling it down like Mike Pompeo left alone at the table with the gravy boat.

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a man trying to run with an erection, but FYI it’s the most ridiculous-looking thing you can possibly ever witness. And the mad scramble of conservative Demagogs to say something viral about this new angle on an entirely exhausted theme puts one in the mind of a whole platoon of men running completely tumescent at full sprint. Daily Beast editor Noah Shachtman tweeted:

It is very revealing that the head of a major mainstream publication believes news outlets should sit on a story exposing the corruption of a leading presidential candidate, no matter how newsworthy, if it’s believed to have come from “the Russians.” How many major stories are being spiked for no other reason than a loyalty to the Pindo government’s geopolitical agendas against noncompliant nations, exactly? Yet sentiments identical to Shachtman’s are currently being bleated by like-minded pundits throughout the Twitterverse right now. In response to Shachtman’s post, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan tweeted:

Without specifying his peculiar definition of “non-newsworthy,” economist David Rothschild tweeted:

Michigan Advance editor-in-chief Susan Demas tweeted:

A CNN reporter took it up even further, preemptively speculating based on literally nothing that any evidence of Biden’s corruption which emerges from the phishing campaign will have been “doctored” by Russia. CNN’s Marshall Cohen tweeted:

This insanity was seconded and then ratcheted up even further by MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance, whose main job seems to be to push the Overton window of Russia hysteria toward the craziest end of the spectrum. Nance wrote:

MSNBC analyst and former Obama admin boxtop Richard Stengel, who has openly stated that he endorses the Pindo government propagandizing its citizens, seized on the opportunity offered by this lawless feeding frenzy to advance a completely baseless Russiagate theory, because why the hell not? Stengel tweeted:

Michael McFaul added:

Popular #Resistance pundit Brooklyn Dad Defiant, in what could generously be described as a very odd confession, tweeted:

There is at this time no legitimate reason to believe that the GRU was involved in any kind of cyber-attack on Burisma, let alone that it found anything worth publishing. At the moment, the only information we’ve gleaned from this incident is more insight into the fact that the news media environment of the most powerful nation on earth is deeply and profoundly unhealthy, and so are the individuals operating within it. These are the people who shape the dominant narrative. These are the thought-leaders who really do lead the way a very large sector of the population thinks. We need to bring more consciousness to how wildly dysfunctional this is. 2020 has been wild already. And all signs indicate that it’s only going to get a whole lot crazier.

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