No, they haven’t abandoned the Russia thing

In various forums on the right, people are saying that the Old Media seems to have suddenly dropped the Russia nonsense. E.g., PowerLine says, “…whatever happened to the Russia collusion story? It was of world-historical significance until it disappeared overnight, succeeded by a new opportunity for Trump-hatred.”

And commenters at Vox Popoli take up this theme, e.g.,

I guess I’m still just naive but I honestly thought the total abandonment of the “muh Russia” narrative would be noted a lot more than it has. Not in the media, obviously – but these assholes were literally calling a sitting President a traitor and working to impeach him based on what was basically just a DNC fanfiction that the media decided to push.

No, no, no, no. Don’t fall for the media’s ruse! They’ve not abandoned it; they’re just waiting for Mueller to come up with an indictment regarding it, so they can start talking about it again. They know that if they keep yapping about that nonsense with no new developments, people will just get even more “Russia fatigue” before Mueller comes out with whatever BS he comes out with. Then even fewer people will be paying attention, and the Left won’t get any political traction out of it.

Don’t think they’ve given up on it. It’s all they have. Yes, it’s a nothingburger, but they’ve already gotten that narrative established on the Left; they don’t want to have to start all over again with an entirely new nothingburger.

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Moving the Russian Goalposts Redux

Some miscellaneous thoughts following my last post on the Case of the Mysteriously Mobile Russian Goalposts.


Priceless quote from the Carlos Slim blog, I mean the New York Times:

It is unclear whether the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, actually produced the promised compromising information about Mrs. Clinton.

No kidding. LOL. This is like the hundred and twelfth paragraph, after they’ve spent the first hundred and eleven paragraphs trying to get their readers all riled up over this “story.”


In fact it’s not “unclear.” If the Trump campaign had learned any “compromising information about Mrs. Clinton” and used it against Clinton during the election season, the media would have provided a link to such a Trump speech or tweet by now. So Trump Jr. received no such information. But the leftist media (pardon the redundancy) is trying to suggest that he did. And the narrative is:

“Russia helped American voters to be more informed before voting!

And that’s horrible!”

At first I was going to say that this illustrates how intellectually dishonest the Left is. But then it occurred to me that there’s another possibility: Maybe they really do think it’s horrible for voters to be informed before voting. After all, it’s the left, for whom informed voters are a catastrophe.


Hillary! tried to get dirt on Trump via Russia, LOL:

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/10/forgetting-the-dirty-dossier-on-trump/


Question:
If an American campaign hearing facts from a Russian would have been treasonous foreign influence on our elections (WTF?) then what is encouraging illegals to actually vote in US elections?

Here’s a video of Obama encouraging illegals to vote. He tells some self-righteous little asshole, who admits that she’s an illegal, “When you vote, then you are a citizen.”

God, that man is evil.


And what was this non-existent info allegedly about? Check out this buried nuclear bomb from the above-linked NYT article:

“After pleasantries were exchanged,” he [Trump Jr.] said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton.”

Holy shit! The promised info was that the Clinton campaign, or at least the Democratic party, was being funded by Russia! Now that would be undue foreign influence!

The Left is saying, “A Dem candidate being funded by Russia would be no big deal, but if the GOP candidate learned about this from a Russian and exposed it, THAT would be a big deal.” How DARE you expose Hillary’s funding from Russia!

(NeverTrumper Megan McArdle: “People who love their country do not help rival powers intervene in their country’s elections, even if that intervention might have the lovely side effect of getting them elected.” Heh heh. Where “intervene in” means, “expose intervention in.”)

Or to put it even more tersely, “If we call out foreign contacts we’re being patriotic; if Trump had called out foreign contacts that not only wouldn’t be patriotic; it would be treasonous.”

This exemplifies what some of us mean when we say the Left has gone crazy.

Now. Based on all this we may make a confident prediction about how the Old Media will try to develop this story: They will continue to say, “It is unclear whether there was actually any compromising information about Clinton.” They HAVE to say this. Why? Because if they admit there was no information produced, the story goes away. But if they say there was information, they have to state what it was: And what it was, according to Veselnitskaya, was proof that the Clinton campaign was being funded by the Russian government.

So if they want to damage Trump, they have to leave the whole thing in a gray area, so they can keep saying, “There may have been some dirt on Clinton” …while hoping no one inquires too closely what that possible dirt would have been.


There’s something else remarkable: The brazen, in-your-face dishonesty of the Times. (Well, okay, NYT dishonesty hasn’t been remarkable for decades.) Bear with me through an extended quote here; there’s a reason for it:

When he was first asked about the meeting on Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. said that it was primarily about adoptions and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton.

But on Sunday, presented with The Times’s findings, he offered a new account. In a statement, he said he had met with the Russian lawyer… “After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

He said she then turned the conversation to adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers… “It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” Mr. Trump said.

In other words, he did not change his account of what happened. First he said it was primarily about adoptions, and then he again said it was primarily about adoptions.

The NYT, having presented its readers with the same account, then just brazenly says it was a different account.

This is something new. This is, “Here is what he said, plainly the same thing both times, and we are simply going to assert that they’re different things, even though you yourself can read, on this very same page, us informing you that it’s the same thing.” Wow. The left-wing press is now deliberately schlonging its own leftist readers.

Moving Goalposts: Russia Edition

The moving of the goalposts on the Russia thing has been astonishing, even for the Left. Each failed narrative, instead of inducing them to give up, only seems to intensify their psychological need for another narrative.

First it was, “Russia hacked Dem computers, and not Trump’s computers, and that’s not fair!”

Then it was “…and I’ll bet Trump knew about it!”

The phrasing was often “Russia hacked the election!” meaning, see above. Note the interesting use of the word “hack” to try to suggest that Russia accessed US voting machines.

Then they actually embraced that idiocy and tried to run with it, briefly trying to suggest that “Russia hacked the election” in the literal sense of Russia somehow flipping votes in the election. Even the Left didn’t actually assert this one outright, for the most part, but they tried to imply it. Unfortunately for this line of BS, the head of DHS has admitted that there is no evidence that even one vote was changed by Russia.

Let alone any votes being changed by Russia with the knowledge or cooperation of the Trump campaign.

Then it was, “Trump’s firing of Comey – whose departure we leftists were demanding yesterday – is obstruction of justice because Trump was not being investigated, and this constitutes an attempt to thwart that non-existent investigation!”

(Trump accused of murdering centaurs, hobbits, and unicorns. Film at eleven.)

Then it was, “OK, well, someone who used to be connected to Trump, and no longer is, was being investigated, and we’re sure Trump fired Comey to stop this investigation (and not for other reasons e.g. Comey’s blatant pro-Clinton corruption). Also, the fact that this didn’t actually hinder the investigation, as the FBI itself has said, proves that, um, let’s talk about something else now.”

Now it’s, “Trump’s son met with a Russian lawyer who told him she had some dirt on Hillary Clinton.” Yeah, so? Obviously all candidates try to get dirt on their opponents. God knows the Dems do. What’s the problem?

“This information was from a foreign source!”

Yeah, so?

“A foreign government, even!”

Yeah, so?

How is the government of another country telling us the truth a bad thing? Hillary broke national security laws. If we became aware of this because the Russian government told us, good. The appropriate response is, “Thank you, Russia.”

But that’s not what happened anyway.

Trump Jr. claims no such info was revealed during that meeting; the Russian lawyer just wanted to trick him into meeting with her so she could argue for a change in Russia-US child adoption laws. She didn’t actually have any damaging info on Clinton. More’s the pity.

So the claim now is, Trump’s son tried to get some dirt on Clinton, but failed to do so.

Seriously, lefties? That’s the claim you’re running with?

Making it more funny is the attempt to say that this “may have” broken campaign finance laws. That is, learning things from foreign sources is illegal. LOL. Even through your computer screen, you can smell the Left’s desperation.

Furthermore, Trump Jr.’s claim that there was no Clinton dirt is provably true, unless the Left can identify a piece of info about Clinton that (1) the Trump camp used during the campaign, and (2) that the Trump camp could not have received from any other source.

So what Clinton revelation, exactly, did they get from Russia that they used in the campaign and that they couldn’t have gotten anywhere else?

(Crickets chirping.)

CNN Sticks its Dick into the Beehive

CNN threatens to dox the person who came up with the “Trump slams CNN” vid meme. (See my previous post if you just got back from a trip to Ophiuchus.) Notably, they didn’t dox him and reveal the info or dox him and not reveal the info. They doxxed him and threatened to reveal the info in the future if he did anything they didn’t like. This is at least morally disgusting, punching down, bullying, and thuggish, and it is quite possibly legally actionable blackmail and/or extortion. It seems to me the guy would have a good case on at least the blackmail charge.

This was their attempt to say, “We’re tough guys, and you don’t dare mess with us!”

As a result, of course, seemingly the entire right-wing Internet started creating “beat down CNN” memes. For example, the Hulk/Loki scene from The Avengers, Trump/CNN style.

Jafrillions more are available elsewhere and more being created at a rate of a zillion per second. My humble contribution:

MemeShotgunEditThe entire Net, including left-wing commenters, has lit up with revulsion at CNN’s thuggishness. The hashtag CNNBlackmail hit Number 1 in the world on Twitter.

Here are some articles:

‘#CNNBlackmail’ trending No. 1 on Twitter
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/5/cnnblackmail-trending-no-1-twitter/

#CNNBlackmail: Outrage after network appears to threaten Reddit user
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/05/cnnblackmail-outrage-after-network-appears-to-threaten-reddit-user.html

‘CNNBlackMail’ #1 Twitter Trend As Network Threatens to Reveal Reddit User’s Identity
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/07/04/cnnblackmail-1-twitter-trend-as-network-threatens-to-reveal-reddit-users-identity/

CNN does not even understand the kind of war it’s in.

Contemplate the sheer stupidity and incompetence: CNN is apparently a media organization that has never heard of the Streisand Effect.

They’re literally that stupid.

As of this writing, all public-facing CNN Twitter accounts have gone silent and the offending page has been blanked.

From one of Vox Popoli’s posts on the imbroglio, Alice De Goon in the comments:

“Could CNN have stuck their dick any further into the beehive?”

I don’t know, but they’re probably trying.

Trumps Beats CNN Down

Trump tweets clip from old wrestling show, altered to show him giving CNN a brutal beat-down.

YES, GOD-EMPEROR!!!

It’s less than 30 seconds, so go ahead and give it a watch.

Bonus: At the end, there’s a modified CNN logo saying

FNN: Fraud News Network.

The media is in full-bore fainting couch mode over this. (“Something something encourages violence against journalists,” spews the NYT.) They’re still in shock that a right-wing politician is actually fighting back. They still can’t believe that not only have they been identified as an enemy, but that he is treating them like an enemy.

Paraphrasing someone at Vox Popoli (wish I could remember who) from the last couple of months:

It surrenders or it gets the memes again.

God-Emperor, if you chance to read this, note: The Left is screaming at you to drop your Twitter account because it’s working. They’re begging Twitter to close your account because it’s working.

Of course, as a master of engaging your enemies, you already knew that. But it’s fun to say it anyway!

CNN delenda est!

CNN Producer: Russia Story is “mostly bulls–t”

LIGHTNING STRIKE: CNN PRODUCER ADMITS, ON VIDEO, THAT RUSSIA STORY IS “MOSTLY BULLSHIT”:

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/06/27/cnn-producer-russia-collusion-story-mostly-bullst-but-its-good-for-ratings-n2347215

In the video, when asked whether the Russia story is BS, CNN producer John Bonifield replies,

“Could be bullshit. I mean it’s mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”

Bonifield explained that CNN’s reason for supporting the Leftist narrative about Russia is “ratings.”