I posted this back in June (The Real Crime Story).
It was just a little ahead of it's time...share this with friends who are getting sick of the Russia BS.....
James Fallows writing for The Atlantic suggests that the Comey Affair is much worse than the Watergate scandal during the Nixon era.
"And what is alleged this time? Nothing less than attacks by an authoritarian foreign government on the fundamentals of American democracy, by interfering with an election—and doing so as part of a larger strategy that included parallel interference in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and elsewhere…"
The obvious follow up question should be, "Are you suggesting that the wave of Populism spreading across the US and most of Western Europe is a result of Russian interference in the mental processes of voters?"
That would be an amazing accomplishment, especially since there is zero forensic evidence that has been introduced by any intelligence operation to support such a conclusion!
But I contend that he (author James Fallows), like everyone else, is missing the actual crimes of authority. He does note that one of the lessons he learned at the time of Watergate, as a young journalist, is that the real story, and the crime itself, is usually in the cover-up.
My take on current events in DC is that the REAL CRIME STORY is in the cover-up by the Obama administration (aka, the Deep State), by the DNC (i.e., the Podesta e-mails) and by the Clinton Team of digital evidence 'getter ridder'ers' (as coined by comedian Ron White), and currently by the sycophantic and outright partisan mainstream media.
The co-conspirators along the way, former Attorney General Eric Holder and his protege and head of the DOJ, Loretta Lynch, and former intelligence chief James Clapper, the man who claims the Watergate Affair 'pales' in comparison with the investigation of Russian interference in the Presidential election. and presumably, the alleged involvement of President Trump.
So I contend that there is a host of real crimes (as oppossed to unsubstantiated accusations by partisans) that have already been revealed by Wikileaks:
Yes, this is the REAL CRIME STORY that the MSM is ignoring, and when the truth about Obamas and Clintons connections and subterfuge emerges, I have no doubt the scandal will make Watergate pale in comparison.
...it appears that Putin also hired then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to oppose the legislation. Hillary Clinton started publicly opposing the act after Bill Clinton gave a short speech in Moscow for $500,000. The fee was paid for by a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin.
ONE OF MANY LINKS TO HILLARY....
This may sound a little alarmist, but if only a part of the concern that I have is real, if our kids are being indoctrinated by serious purveyors of leftist ideology, as my research proves to me, than your country has an existential threat to it's existence, firmly entrenched in the heart of our next generation of citizens. They are being radicalized, politicized and recruited to work to destroy our American Way from within.
Our preoccupation with Islamic Jihad, with worldwide instability and terrorism, is diverting our attention from a very real, dangerous and insidious threat right under our schoolhouse noses.
For the sake of our children, America, we need to recalculate..
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The Democratic Anti-Trump Machine may be digging a hole for their own funeral.
The more they redefine what constitutes 'Collusion' or 'Treason' the more likely Hillary will end up at the bottom of that hole.
From Townhall.com -
"Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers…"
According to how Tim Kaine is describing the 'crimes' of Donald Trump Jr. and his discussions with a Russian 'agent', Hillary too may have committed treason.
Of course this doesn't take into consideration the numerous deals she made for US resources, including a Russian bonanza deal for 20% of our urainium. Nor does it account for the hundreds of millions that were kicked back to the Clinton Foundation for access to the then Secretary of State. Or the millions of dollars in speaking fees her consiglieri, Bubba collected from various international consortiums around the world.
Are the democrats myopic or just plain stupid? Since they no longer have the DOJ or the FBI or the CIA staffed with sycophants they are becoming increasingly vulnerable to scrutiny.
The deeper they dig, the deeper they get into dirt they really don't want to disturb.
"I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN
to #FraudNewsCNN!" - DJT Tweet
The term 'Fake News' is not accurate.
It implies that someone is preparing news stories that pretend to be accurate, that are imitations of the real story. The news industry has some pretenders, for sure. And make no mistake, many of the stories appearing on CNN, CNBC, CBS, and other mainstream channels are not accurate or unbiased.
But fake? I think not. And now our President appears to agree with me.
I think the term was popularized by Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was pointing out how the press selectively focused on certain aspects of stories, to support their Progressive political narrative. He was correct, but he used the wrong term to characterize the problem. He chose the term because it resonated and it was a simplification of a fairly complicated issue.
But what CNN and others were doing was not faking news, they were politicizing it. Just as college professors can inculcate their students by selectively feeding them only information that supports their political persuasion, the news media can also change perceptions by including, or selectively excluding vital information and subtle messages of body language, facial inflection, and sound.
It is lying by exclusion. It's selective editing, or doctoring. But it is not Fake, which would imply that the issue is unreal. Most of the stories that CNN misrepresents are to some degree or another real (except maybe the Russian collusion story that was concocted by the DNC and used by the 4th Estate to gin up ratings and newspaper sales).
When CNN activist/commentator Van Jones was quoted as saying the Russain issue was a "big nothing burger" he was correct. But that was never conveyed to the CNN audience, so in that case the story was actually Fake. But the dossier that suppossedly proved Trump was not only in collusion with the Russians but was also a sexual deviant wasn't fake, it was a forgery. It was conterfeit. It was pure fiction. It is fraud!
When your tax man asks you, did you use your home as an office? You think, oh, that means I can get a reduction in my tax obligation if I can claim my house is a business expense? So you say, 'Of course!' Then he tells you that you can only take a small percentage of your mortgage payment, since the house serves as your primary residence, not your business operations office.
But what if he failed to mention that fact? Or what if he never even asked you about the home office? Either way, he would be lying by ommission because he knows that there is a deduction available but is, for whatever reason, not informing you. So you lose a legal deduction, or conversely you submit a claim that is too high, and you are now a victim of his lack of professionalism.
If he did it on purpose, to put you at risk of being audited, then that would be not only unprofessional, it would be disengenuous and an attack on your credibility and your financial stability. And then the IRS steps in and what started out as a little white lie may well reveal much bigger deductions that cannot be properly documented (i.e., those donations to Salvation Army, to your church, etc.).
But what if he inserted huge deductions, such as claiming your entire mortgage payment as a business expense, when he knew it was not legitimate, and never informed you that he did that? That would be illegal, unprofessional and put you at risk of income tax evasion litigation. He would be direlict of his fudiciary duty to keep you informed about the legal obligations you have to make proper tax payments. And he would be committing fraud.
That would be what too many journalists are doing today, because they have decided it is their job to decide what deductions should be legal (even when they are not), and to put your right to know the facts at risk. They have appointed themselves the 'guardians of knowledge', because in their own selfrighteous way, they think they are doing us all a service.
That makes it an entirely different thing than faking something. Making a look-a-like Armani purse is illegal because it uses the product and intellectual property rights of the Armani company illegally. That is forgery. The purse is fake, but the crime is forgery, theft of intellectual property and receiving revenue from that crime.
But producing a news story that omits certain aspects, or emphasizes certain elements over others, is not faking something, it is altering it, making it something it never was. That is manufacturing a falsehood, or committing journalistic fraud. And to a large degree, the crime is compounded by the fact that the inflammatory story attracts paying viewers, increases ratings and ad revenues, all based on the fraudulent information cooked up by the editors.
CNN is selling you an 'Armani' purse, manufactured in their newsroom.
So I contend what CNN, and to a large degree, many other news organizations have been doing recently, is not faking news. It is forging information, which is no different than altering documents, such as a driver's license or a loan application. It is illegal, as it should be. But it is also incredibly difficult to police because the 4th Estate enjoys an enormous aura of protection from censorship. This broad discretion is what allows organizations like CNN or MSNBC to use their podium to affect perceptions.
In an offhand comment Wednesday on Morning Joe (MSNBC), co-host Mika Brzezinski said that it was the media’s job to “control exactly what people think.” The comments are being spread as an example of the hubris and arrogance of the mainstream media. - The Blaze
If we cannot count on the intellectual honesty, or at least the effort to be honest, by major news organizations in America, than we, as a nation, have already lost too much of our intellectual and historical integrity.
The problem is the news counterfeiters are not concientiously aware of their bias. They are convinced that they are intellectually more informed, more relevant and therefore more honest than opposing organizations and individuals, so they are justified in 'baking' the cake as they see fit. They are, as I described in my book, Turn Right At Lost: Recalculating America, full of Misinformed Certitude.
Have you ever known an adult that never goes into the water because they are so convinced that they would drown? They are terrified of drowning, so by never going into the ocean or a pool, they are reinforcing their own irrationality. No matter how much we all know they will float, and usually dog paddle enough to stay afloat, they remain unable to swim for their entire life!
How sad it is to live your entire life without ever experiencing the freedom of swimming. For too many Progressives, they are trapped in their own politically paralyzed minds by the fear of having to compete, of learning to be accountable to yourself, that they will never experience the pure joy and intellectual freedom of political independence and self dependency. It is much easier to 'feel' than to 'think' because in order to think, you have to process information, some of which may be uncomfortable.
The problems with media 'misinformation' are compounding our clash of cultures worldwide, and seriously disrupting our national discourse and our ability to function as a democratic republic. The recent revelations about CNN's corporate support of counterfeiting the news illustrates just how misguided much of the mainstream media has become.