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Establishment Pundits Go Nuts Over New Russian Hacking Conspiracy


Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

The New York Times reports that GRU operatives launched a successful “phishing attack” on the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of scandalous allegations about Joe Biden, and establishment pundits are falling all over themselves to tweet the hottest take on this exciting new Russia conspiracy.

The story itself fails the smell test on a number of fronts. It falsely claims that allegations of Biden’s corrupt dealings with Ukrainian officials as vice president have been “discredited”, and its only named source is a cybersecurity firm with foundational ties to the NSA and to Crowdstrike, which you may remember as the extremely shady Atlantic Council-tied company at the heart of the plot hole-riddled 2016 Russia hacking narrative (whose founder is now a billionaire).

The article also of course lacks any hard evidence for its claims, and is of course completely silent on any details as to how the security firm knows that the alleged hackers were both (A) Russian and (B) tied to the Russian government. This is par for course with mass media news reporting on anything negative about Russia, where all journalistic standards have gone out the window and nobody suffers any professional consequences for even the most egregious misreporting on that nation.

And, naturally, liberal pundits are guzzling it down like Mike Pompeo left alone at the table with the gravy boat.

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a man trying to run with an erection, but FYI it’s the most ridiculous-looking thing you can possibly ever witness. And the mad scramble of conservative Democrats to say something viral about this new angle on an entirely exhausted theme puts one in the mind of a whole platoon of men running completely tumescent at full sprint.

“I hope my fellow editors will think hard — really hard, a lot harder than they did in 2016 — before publishing any material hacked by the Russians,” tweeted editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast Noah Shachtman in response to the NYT report.

It is very revealing that the head of a major mainstream publication believes news outlets should sit on a story exposing the corruption of a leading presidential candidate — no matter how newsworthy — if it’s believed to have come from “the Russians”. How many major stories are being spiked for no other reason than a loyalty to the US government’s geopolitical agendas against noncompliant nations, exactly?

Yet sentiments identical to Shachtman’s are currently being bleated by like-minded pundits throughout the Twitterverse right now.

“Me and Oliver Darcy took at look at this a year ago… newsrooms hadn’t a lot to say about it. Not a lot of self-reflection, it seems,” tweeted CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan in response to Shachtman’s post. “Hackers could target the 2020 election. How will newsrooms respond if they release stolen data?”

“Russians working hard for President Trump’s reelection: mainstream media do not need to collaborate with the Russians again and breathlessly promote their non-newsworthy findings, as they did in 2016,” economist David Rothschild tweeted, without specifying his peculiar definition of “non-newsworthy”.

“Will the media run info from national security hacks as blockbuster stories like in 2016? That’s the million-dollar question,” tweeted Michigan Advance editor-in-chief Susan Demas.

A CNN reporter took it up even further, preemptively speculating based on literally nothing that any evidence of Biden’s corruption which emerges from the phishing campaign will have been “doctored” by Russia.

“Russia could leak Burisma emails, and slip in some doctored emails, to harm Biden later on, if he is the Democratic nominee,” tweeted CNN’s Marshall Cohen. “The 2016 playbook all over again.”

This insanity was seconded and then ratcheted up even further by MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance, whose main job seems to be to push the Overton window of Russia hysteria toward the craziest end of the spectrum.

“DNC 2.0,” Nance wrote. “To protect Trump the GRU will manufacture and insert Black propaganda, fake emails in a data base Burisma emails to implicate Biden and support Trump. They don’t care if you believe it … it’s all to get Trump to believe it. He’ll destroy America to win.”

MSNBC analyst and former Obama administration official Richard Stengel, who has openly stated that he endorses the US government propagandizing its citizens, seized on the opportunity offered by this lawless feeding frenzy to advance a completely baseless Russiagate theory, because why the hell not?

“‘Russia, if you’re listening, hack Burisma.’ GRU has done same thing to this Ukrainian firm that they did to DNC,” tweeted Stengel. “If Trump asked Zelensky on a public call to investigate the Bidens, what do you suppose he asked Putin on a private call? Vlad, do me a favor.”

“More evidence that Putin fears Biden and is actively trying to help Trump,” added the Obama administration’s Michael McFaul. “Not good. All who believe in American sovereignty should denounce, Democrats and Republicans alike.”

“I’ll say it now: I don’t care WHAT the emails say. If he’s the guy, he’s got my vote. PERIOD,” tweeted popular #Resistance pundit Brooklyn Dad Defiant in what could generously be described as a very odd confession.

There is at this time no legitimate reason to believe that the GRU was involved in any kind of cyberattack on Burisma, let alone that it found anything worth publishing. At the moment the only information we’ve gleaned from this incident is more insight into the fact that the news media environment of the most powerful nation on earth is deeply, profoundly unhealthy, and so are the individuals operating within it.

These are the people who shape the dominant narrative. These are the thought leaders, who really do lead the way a very large sector of the population thinks. We need to bring more consciousness to how wildly dysfunctional this is.

2020 has been wild already. And all signs indicate that it’s only going to get a whole lot crazier.

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via zerohedge


  1. https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/01/15/lev-parnas-trump-is-lying-he-was-aware-of-all-my-movements/

    All road lead back to Putin, lol. Parnas is in trouble so what kind of deal (wink, wink) is he going to get for his “gilding the lily” to make President Trump look bad.

    So now we have come full circle. Back to the beginning of this “loony tunes” abyss. In 2016 it was deny what Hilary has done. Now just put in Sleepy Joe and it’s the same narrative.

    Watching the “somber” display of Pelosi’s “impeachment sham” was embarrassing to say the least. They have truly lost it. Watching that solemn walk to the Senate, I can’t believe Pelosi and her ilk have brought to Our House, Our Senate and Our Presidency this type of “bizarre” reality show. Maybe they are looking for an Oscar, or an emmy?

    Hopefully this will be over soon, but will the impeachment sham end? Nah, we have 9-10 months to November and we will have to witness this ad nauseam scene until then.

    Please Republicans, fight to take back the House. Bad enough approval rate is in the basement, but free the American People from this “bizarre” freak show.


  2. https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/01/15/schiff-warns-gop-senators-dont-blind-yourself-to-the-truth/

    “I hope all the senators, not just these four, take their oath seriously. They will be sworn in. They will be sworn to an oath that requires them to be impartial. If they are truly impartial, they will want a fair trial. Fair to the president and the American people. They will want witnesses and want to see the documents. I hope that will take that oath seriously.”

    Continuing down the “looney tunes” abyss. Like Schiff knows what an oath is or being impartial. lol

    Regarding witnesses and documents, I seriously think that the House Minority Republicans WOULD have LOVED to see all of it. But alas, they were stuck in this “looney tunes” abyss with the President and 63 Million Trump voters. I truly believe Rep. Doug Collins with his “clock and calendar” reply. Pelosi mentioned “time” a lot with her “somber” lol signing with LOTS of pens of the articles of fake impeachment.

    BTW in REAL time, President Trump signed the China Phase One, and will continue to a successful Phase TWO.


    • https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/16/scarborough-history-will-be-bleak-for-those-lying-for-trump/

      “These shameless Trumpsters will remain shameless Trumpsters, but we do know how this story ends,” Scarborough outlined. “We do know how history writes this.”

      MSDNC’s finest, lol. The only “stain” in this whole thing is the “looney tunes” abyss, a bizarre reality show brought to you by Pelosi/Schiff/Nadler.

      We know MSDNC, along with CNN and the rest of fake news re-writes history all the time with lies.

      Thankfully I live in the REAL world and see this “bizarre” history for what it is. Hilary lost and the babies have been stamping their feet and crying for 3 years. So we now have to watch cartoons. lol

      Can’t wait til this is over and hopefully in November we will have ADULTS in the House.


      • Karen, I believe they should, collectively, be recognized by Guinness, at least, for the longest continuous temper tantrum in recorded history. Leave them something to be ‘proud’ of, lol.

        • lol, good one!. But don’t give them any ideas. We will probably be put thru another “bizarre” circus parade showing off their ‘proud’ award.

          I wonder if they would request a trophy that quotes Paul Revere poem, lol.


  3. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/16/ukraine-opens-probe-of-possible-surveillance-of-marie-yovanovitch/

    Oh poor snowflake. Still upset about the tweet Schiffy read to you from the President? Maybe the surveillance is from making sure she did her job protecting that list she was given on WHO should not be prosecuted? We all know how Obama liked to control reporters by spying on them, maybe ambassadors?

    But as well are still in the “looney tunes” abyss, this is just another ACME bomb that the Coyote has against the Road Runner that will fail. Didn’t they watch those fun cartoons as a kid? Oh well.

    BTW in REAL time, USMCA will be passed Next! Gotta love it!


  4. https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/01/15/graham-i-predict-a-bipartisan-acquittal-of-president-trump/

    Saw Senator Graham on Hannity last night.

    “The best thing for the American people is to end this crap as quickly as possible, have a trial in the Senate, bipartisan acquittal of the president, and on February the 4th, when the president comes into the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union, he will have been acquitted by the Senate, he will be the strongest he’s ever been politically.”

    Agree 100%, it is all crap.

    Look forward to the Feb 4th State of the Union where OUR President will show the way for the BEST yet to come. Even with this crap, OUR President has been working hard and showing the way back to Strength and Respect. Swamp creatures on the run, their “looney tune” abyss unravelling. Ah life is good! lol.


  5. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/16/federal-agency-white-house-violated-law-by-withholding-military-aid-to-ukraine/

    So because President Trump questioned the slight delay in aid that was going to a newly elected Ukraine President that has to deal with LOTS of corruption, we now have a report to back up the “looney tunes” abyss realty show?

    Gee, I wonder what report was used when Former President Obama went to the Treasury and used the Judgement account to get ALL that cash to “appease” Iranian terrorists, especially his cornerstone terrorist. Didn’t get Congress’s approval? Just used his pen and phone?


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