Disreputable media source MSNBC ran a segment yesterday speculating that President Donald J. Trump has been a Russian spy since the 1980’s.
“Chait: Unlikely but possible that Trump has been Russian intel asset since 1987,” said the banner across the screen as New York Magazine writer
MSNBC invited Chait on air to discuss his most recent opinion piece, titled “What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987,” published in the once-revered magazine on Sunday. The segment was presented to the audience as “news.”
In his piece, Chait blatantly admitted that the political left has no actual proof of “collusion” with the Russians, but rather that the president’s detractors are simply making up conspiracy theories.
“And since trying to discern the size and shape of the scandal is an exercise in uncertainty, we focus our attention on the most likely outcome, which is that the story goes a little deeper than what we have already discovered,” he wrote. “Say, that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort told their candidate about the meeting they held at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer after they were promised dirt on Hillary Clinton; and that Trump and Kushner have some shady Russian investments; and that some of Trump’s advisers made some promises about lifting sanctions.”
Twitter rightly scorched the network for its irresponsibility.
“What other theories should we give airtime to under the “unlikely but possible” standard?” asked Daily Caller reporter Peter Hasson.
What other theories should we give airtime to under the "unlikely but possible" standard? pic.twitter.com/ySX5jlaNAQ
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) July 11, 2018
“Unlikely but Possible: Jonathan Chait cheated on his SATs,” replied New York Post columnist Jon Podhoretz.
Unlikely but Possible: Jonathan Chait cheated on his SATs https://t.co/qA81dEla07
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 11, 2018
“Chait: Unlikely but we decided to put this broken crazy person on national TV anyway,” wrote Fox commentator Stephen Miller.
“Chait: Unlikely but we decided to put this broken crazy person on national TV anyway.” pic.twitter.com/uH3ifIAbmm
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 11, 2018
Unlikely but possible that the moon is made of cheese,” said journalist Michael Tracy.
Unlikely but possible that the moon is made of cheese pic.twitter.com/FeZx1gZ9tW
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 11, 2018
For an organization that gets awfully indignant when called “fake news,” MSNBC sure is playing fast and loose with the truth.
Jim Acosta Calls Conservative Media a “Disinformation-Industrial Complex” and “Potential Existential Threat”
Project much, Jim?
CNN’s Jim Acosta appeared on Brian Stelter’s Sunday morning show “Reliable Sources” to call conservative media a “potential existential threat” that could “cause more suffering.”
Referring to the on-screen graph that shows a significant drop in engagement with Trump-related articles, Stelter asked Acosta if he thought this “quiet period” was temporary. Acosta replied as follows:
“I think it is temporary. I do think what this country faces right now […] I describe it as the disinformation-industrial complex, and that is Trump and his people, conservative outlets like Fox News, and then conservative websites and organizations aligned with the president, and conservative platforms. These three pillars of this disinformation-industrial complex essentially helped put Trump in power, kept him in power, sustained his grip on the Republican Party, and it remains a threat to our democracy. It is the reason why there were hundreds of Trump supporters storming the Capitol on January 6. And until that poison, that toxin, is drained from the national political discourse in this country, Brian, I do think that these forces represent a potential existential threat to this country and have the potential to come back and cause more suffering in the days to come.”
Acosta does not seem to realize, however, that the popularity and influence of right-wing outlets like Big League Politics are direct consequences of “journalists” like him and networks like CNN. They’re the original traffickers in disinformation and in fanning the flames of fearmongering. Alternative conservative media would not have taken off if the mainstream media weren’t so unbearably leftist.
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