(National Sentinel)Â Russia Hoax: Earlier this weekÂ USA Today and every other lamestream media outlet reported the latest Election 2016Â bombshell: â€œRussians attempted to hack elections systems in 21Â states in the run-up to last yearâ€™s presidential election,Â officials said Friday,” the story began.
Predictably, the usual Left-wing suspects led by the perpetually outraged Rachel Maddow at MSNBC shrieked “Foul!” and called (wait for it) for a new election based on the fact — theÂ FACT — that President Donald J. Trump’s election victory is nowÂ illegitimate.
â€œWhat we have now figured out,â€ Maddow intoned as she showed the multi-colored mapsÂ she made, is that â€œHomeland Security knew at least by June that 21 states had been targeted by Russian hackers during the election. . .targeting their election infrastructure.â€
But as Glenn Greenwald atÂ The Intercept noted, the story turned out to beÂ false:
The story began to fall apart yesterday when Associated Press reportedÂ that Wisconsin â€“ one of the states included in the original report that, for obvious reasons, caused the most excitement â€“ did not, in fact, have its election systems targeted by Russian hackers.
The spokesman for Homeland Security then tried to walk back that reversal, insisting that there was still evidence that some computer networks had been targeted, but could not say that they had anything to do with elections or voting. And, as AP noted: â€œWisconsinâ€™s chief elections administrator, Michael Haas, had repeatedly said that Homeland Security assured the state it had not been targeted.â€
Then the story collapsed completely last night. The Secretary of State for another one of the named states, California, issued a scathing statement repudiating the claimed report:
Greenwald noted that at times, stories do get debunked and there isn’t anything particularly fantastic or odd about that.
But he correctly noted further that this has happenedÂ quite a bit when it comes to the lamestream media’s reporting on all things Russian as it pertains to the November election results. The Left-wing media still cannot get over the fact that their candidate, Hillary Clinton, was possibly the worst, most corrupt ever, and that Trump was able to strike a chord with the majority of the country livingÂ outside of California.
Remember that time the Washington Post claimed that Russia had hacked the U.S. electricity grid, causing politicians to denounce Putin for trying to deny heat to Americans in winter,Â only to have to issue multiple retractions because none of that ever happened? Or the time that the Post had to publish a massive editorâ€™s note after its reporters made claims about Russian infiltration of the internet and spreading of â€œFake Newsâ€ based on an anonymous groupâ€™s McCarthyite blacklist that counted sites like the Drudge Report and various left-wing outlets as Kremlin agents?
Or that time when Slate claimed that Trump had created a secret server with a Russian bank, all based on evidence that every other media outlet which looked at it were too embarrassed to get near? Or the time the Guardian was forced to retract its report by Ben Jacobs â€“ which went viral â€“ that casually asserted that WikiLeaks has a long relationship with the Kremlin? Or the time that FortuneÂ retracted suggestions that RT had hacked into and taken over C-SPANâ€™s network? And then thereâ€™s the huge market that was created â€“ led by leading Democrats â€“ that blindly ingested every conspiratorial, unhinged claim about Russia churned out by an army of crazedÂ conspiracists such as Louise Mensch and Claude â€œTrueFactsStatedâ€ Taylor?
And now we have the Russia-hacked-the-voting-systems-of-21-states to add to this trash heap. Each time the stories go viral; each time they further shape the narrative; each time those who spread them say little to nothing when it is debunked.
Greenwald does go on to say that none of this is proof that the Russian narrative is a hoax, but we’d beg to differ, given the numerous examples of false reporting and fake news surrounding it. If itÂ were true, we’d know by now; irrefutable proof would have been leaked by the Deep State that’s beenÂ doing all the “leaking.”
Rather, this smacks of a covert operation designed to discredit Trump, delegitimize his victory, and make it harder for him to form a consensus and govern effectively.
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