Sunday, March 24, 2019
Some Of Us Saw The Russia Collusion Hoax For What It Actually Was --- Fully Two Years Ago
Rolling Stone contributor Matt Taibbi has the best dissection of just what a debacle the Russia collusion hoax represents for the media, calling it “this generation's WMD." The reference was to the faulty reporting about the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein was said to have possessed, which propelled the US-led invasion. That Iraq War "faceplant," as Taibbi calls what many consider the worst journalistic failures of all time, damaged the media's reputation. "Russiagate just destroyed it."
Meanwhile, it should be noted that some of us actually saw the Russia collusion narrative for what it was from the get-go---a last-ditch, evidence-free effort launched just before the Trump Inauguration to nullify the 2016 election. The collusion narrative surfaced at a time when emotions were on overdrive after the Trump victory, Joshua Phillip of the Epoch Times noted in April 2017. As Phillip writes:
“There is a huge disparity between the amount of evidence that is cited in news stories and the charges—they’re overcharging, if there is any evidence at all,” said William McGowan, author of the books “Coloring the News” and “Gray Lady Down” and a former editor at Washington Monthly who has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and other national news organizations.
McGowan said that while he’s not a fan of Trump’s antagonistic style, he has found the coverage and commentary on Trump to be “strikingly biased, and much more successful at expressing fear and loathing than in encouraging an understanding of the man and his movement.”