FAKE NEWS: Mainstream Post-Election Propaganda—part 2 of 2

FAKE NEWS: Mainstream Post-Election Propaganda–

Ruskie Fever—-part 2 of 2

  • “I freely admit that my own list of those who deserve to be held accountable [for Trump’s win] is long. It includes Russian President Vladimir Putin, who intervened shamelessly in our internal affairs…” — E.J. Dionne, Washington Post, 11/9/16
  • “So Comey and Putin installed a crazy, vindictive, can’t-handle-the-truth person in the White House. Scary.” — Paul Krugman, on Twitter, 11/27/16
  • “We have recently learned that President-elect Trump has ethical and business conflicts that seem to violate the Constitution … In the meantime, the most recent reports from the cia are that Russia interfered with the election.” — Katy Tur on msnbc, Real Clear Politics, 12/10/16
  • “In Mr. Trump, the Russians had reason to see a malleable political novice, one who had surrounded himself with Kremlin lackeys.” — editorial, New York Times, 12/11/16
  • “So this was a tainted election … [and] illegitimate in important ways; the victor was rejected by the public, and won the Electoral College only thanks to foreign intervention and grotesquely inappropriate, partisan behavior on the part of domestic law enforcement.” — Paul Krugman, New York Times, 12/12/16
  • “There’s no shortage of legal theories that could challenge Mr. Trump’s anointment … a new theory has arisen that there is legal precedent for courts to give the election to Mrs. Clinton based on Russian interference…” — Dahlia Lithwick & David Cohen, New York Times, 12/14/16
  • “Russian Hackers Penetrated U.S. Electricity Grid Through a Utility in Vermont, U.S. Officials Say.” — headline, Washington Post, 12/20/16. The lead sentence: “A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe … has been detected within the system of [Burlington Electric,] a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials … [T]he penetration of the nation’s electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.” The article, an obvious attempt to shame Trump for not expressing the correct level of angst about Russian hacking, claimed “multiple computer systems at the utility had been breached.” But WaPo had gone live with the story without even calling Burlington Electric, which an hour later issued a statement that common malware had been found “in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s grid system.” The entire WaPo story fell apart.
  • “Biggest winner? Vladimir Putin … He basically took over the United States and got himself a Manchurian candidate and that is something no other Russian leader has been able to do.” — Jason Johnson, msnbc’s “Hardball,” 12/21/16
  • “From December 8 to January 8, Media Research Center analysts found that journalists on abc, cbs, and nbc repeated this loaded phrase [“hacked the election”] at least 49 times in their morning and evening broadcasts. After blaming the Electoral College for Clinton’s loss didn’t work, the media moved on to blur the release of Democratic emails with the idea that Russia ‘hacked the election.’” — NewsBusters, 1/11/17
  • “The idea that [Russia] gave the election to Donald Trump is absurd … There’s an extensive report on how this thing developed over 18 months with the Obama Administration knowing about this … [T]he passivity of Barack Obama in the face of this is simply staggering.” — Charles Krauthammer, Real Clear Politics, 12/13/16
  • “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections … There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past, or that there are instances in which that will happen this time. And so I’d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining…” — Barack Obama, whitehouse.gov, 10/18/16. That was then.
  • “Stop Trying to Hush Up the Truth about Election Hacking.” — editorial, Washington Post, 1/4/17

Trump Derangement Fever

  • “These are not words of sanity! These are the rages and the boasts and the madness that we have seen throughout history: Saddam Hussein, Mussolini, Fidel Castro, Mao Tse-Tung, Stalin, Pol Pot, bin Laden, Hitler.” — Keith Olbermann, ex-msnbc host, on Donald Trump, GQ.com, 11/29/16
  • “Nate Silver: Clinton ‘Almost Certainly’ Would’ve Won Before fbi Letter.” — headline, The Hill, 12/11/16
  • “We have elected, you know, the chaos-sower in chief, you know, undermining the validity of intelligence reports, undermining the work of the press, of various government institutions, of democratic institutions.” — Julia Ioffe of Politico, on cnn’s “Reliable Sources,” 12/12/16
  • “He [Trump] is building a dream team of anti-Muslim hate.” — Dean Obeidallah, Daily Beast contributor, on cnn, 12/9/16
  • “[W]e’re talking about a candidate who’s lost in a historic way in terms of the popular vote but clearly won in the Electoral College. Is this something of a national emergency?” — Brian Stelter, host of cnn’s “Reliable Sources,” Real Clear Politics, 12/12/16
  • “Though [Trump] lost the election by nearly three million votes … the Democratic Party is doing little to stop him … [W]e are once again left with incontrovertible proof that … Republicans behave as if they won while Democrats behave as if they lost.” — Dahlia Lithwick & David Cohen, New York Times, 12/14/16
  • “[T]rump’s [campaign] announcement and [Charleston church shooter Dylann] Roof’s manifesto offer a duet in racial grievance.” — Jamelle Bouie, Slate, 12/15/16
  • “The Case for Donald Trump’s Impeachability.” — headline, New York Magazine, 12/20/16
  • “The Evidence to Impeach Donald Trump May Already Be Here.” — headline, Vanity Fair, 12/20/16
  • “Congress Must Impeach Trump on Day One.” — headline, Huffington Post, 1/7/17
  • “Pravda on the Checkout Line.” — Politico Magazine, blaming Hillary’s loss on pro-Trump “propaganda” in The National Enquirer and other tabloids, 1/13/17
  • “How to Remove Trump from Office.” — Richard Cohen, a week before the inauguration, advocating Trump be declared incapacitated under the 25th Amendment, Washington Post, 1/9/17
  • “There’s a way to get rid of President Trump without impeaching him, and it’s called the 25th Amendment … [I]t could be the death knell for Donald Trump’s Presidential career.” — The [UK] Independent, 1/15/17

“Dossier” Fever

  • “A dossier, compiled by a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official, alleges Russia has compromising information on Trump. The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.” — BuzzFeed, 1/10/17
  • “BuzzFeed News reporters in the U.S. and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them.” — BuzzFeed, 1/10/17
  • “BuzzFeed Posts Unverified Claims on Trump, Igniting a Debate.” — New York Times, 1/10/17
  • “BuzzFeed took a … well-established approach: Release what you can when you have it and see what new leads it generates. If this strategy pays off, the outlet that has morphed … [into] a font of serious journalism could end up with some terrific scoops.” — Columbia Journalism Review, “BuzzFeed Was Right to Publish Trump-Russia Files,” 1/11/17
  • “cnn has confirmed that the [dossier] synopsis was included in the documents that were presented to Mr. Trump but cannot confirm if it was discussed in his meeting with the intelligence chiefs.” — cnn, 1/12/17
  • “BuzzFeed’s Decision to Publish Dossier Reasonable.” — headline, Newsday, 1/12/17
  • “…[T]he information in the dossier, even if not true, has very legitimate reasons to be taken seriously.” — John Ziegler, Mediaite, 1/13/17
  • “Trump’s irrational love for Vladimir Putin and his inability to accept that Russia was destabilizing our election justifies the publication of the dossier … [It] leads one to believe Russia just might have something on him.” — Daily Kos, 1/15/17
  • “Why So Many Journalists Are Mad at BuzzFeed.” — headline, Washington Post, 1/12/17. Journalists were thrilled at the hit-job, but threw BuzzFeed under the bus when the dossier was exposed as bs.
  • “That [dossier] is a garbage document. It never should have been presented as part of an intelligence briefing … Trump’s right to be upset about that. I think … those intelligence chiefs … made a mistake here. And when people make mistakes, they should apologize.” — Bob Woodward, on “Fox News Sunday,” 1/15/17

Delegitimize Fever

  • “I don’t see any other way than to vote again.” — Robert Baer, former cia operative, on supposed Russian “interference” in the election, on cnn, 1/10/16
  • “Keith Olbermann: We Can Still Delegitimize Trump By Not Calling Him ‘President Trump.’” — Real Clear Politics, 12/19/16
  • “Remedy for Russian Meddling Should Be New Election.” — headline, The Hill, 1/11/17
  • “[Democrats and liberals] are hoping … that this unelected faction in Washington [i.e., U.S. intelligence agencies] will undermine and subvert and destroy the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency before he’s even inaugurated and I think what you’re seeing is actually quite dangerous.” — Glenn Greenwald, left-wing journalist, on Fox News, 1/13/17
  • “Ex-Clinton Aide: Trump ‘Very Insecure’ about Legitimacy.” — headline, The Hill, 1/13/17
  • “Clinton Allies Exact Revenge on Trump: Campaign Aides Flood the Airwaves to Pummel the President-Elect.” — Politico, 1/13/17
  • “Every day there are new developments, new shoes dropping, so to speak, that call into question the legitimacy of his win … I think Donald Trump is just trying to cling to whatever legitimacy still is in effect here.” — Brian Fallon, Clinton campaign press secretary, on cnn, 1/13/17
  • “John Lewis: Trump Is Not a ‘Legitimate’ President.” — cnn, 1/13/17
  • “Obama White House Refuses to Call Trump ‘Legitimate’ President.” — Breitbart, 1/15/17

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