Once Again, News Media Falls for U.S. Intel Fake News on Russia

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Boy, these folks are hard-headed, are they not? Not only hard-headed, but apparently impervious to normal human emotions like shame and embarrassment. Were leftist journalists possessed of any of these fundamental traits, there is NO WAY they would go anywhere near a conspiratorial Russian story again for the rest of their careers. How wrong do you have to get a story before you think to yourself, “Okay, I won’t fall for that nonsense again.”

Apparently, there is no such mental barrier among the journalists, publishers, and TV producers who make up the mainstream news media. They are the type of people who hit their thumb with a hammer, take a close look at the hammer, and then give their thumb another hard whack.

This weekend, The New York Times rolled out their big piece, asserting that U.S. intelligence officials – unnamed, natch – claim that Russia has been offering bounty money to Afghani jihadists: Kill American soldiers, and the money is yours, comrade. Most damningly, the Times reported that President Trump was briefed on this intelligence as far back as March and was given a “menu of options” on how to respond. Trump, always willing to throw America under the bus to please Master Vladimir Putin, decided to do absolutely nothing.

How tragic. How traitorous.

Shall we pretend that this story has even the slightest whiff of validity?

Late Saturday, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said that he had “confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence” of this sort.

President Trump tweeted: “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @NYTimesbnooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad.”

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Times story “illustrates the low intellectual abilities of propagandists from American intelligence, who instead of inventing something more reliable have to come up with such nonsense. . . . However, what else can be expected from intelligence, which miserably failed the twenty-year war in Afghanistan.”

The Taliban said: “We categorically reject the notion of ever planning or carrying out targeted attacks against U.S. or foreign forces at the behest of foreign intelligence or for the sake of collecting bounty, and we also reject receiving material support from foreign intelligence because such undertakings are harmful for the sovereign decision-making of any country and movement.”

Hmm. So this story has been denied by U.S. intelligence, the U.S. president, the Russian government, and the Taliban. Anyone actually willing to stick their neck out and confirm the Times’ reporting, or are we just supposed to take it on faith that some anonymous intelligence official is telling the truth? By what mechanism has the New York Times earned such faith? Their two-year insistence that Trump and Putin colluded to steal the 2016 election?

Wake us up when someone is willing to put their career on the line to go on the record.