Former Intercept editor Glenn Greenwald called out the corporate media’s handling of the Biden laptop and family corruption story as a “historic crime and a disgrace” in an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday. The Biden laptop story, which was smugly dismissed by rogue government officials and the mainstream media as Russian disinformation without any evidence, has since been largely vindicated- after the election. The Biden campaign admitted that Hunter Biden’s tax affairs are being investigated by the US Attorney for Delaware on Wednesday, an admission that was followed by reports suggesting inquiries into the younger Biden’s overseas business deals are more in-depth than simply tax compliance issues.
Tucker assailed the undemocratic non-disclosure of the Biden criminal investigation from the elder Biden’s campaign, pointing out the failure of the corporate media to accurately report on the corruption scandal.
“Yesterday, millions of Americans learned, some for the very first time- that the Biden family has indeed been deeply immeshed in a series of sleazy international business deals that undercut America’s core interests. We learned that there is an active federal criminal investigation for that very reason. What’s interesting is how we found this out. The media didn’t tell us. Neither did the Justice Department.”
Greenwald, a journalist who has reported on Deep State and “intelligence” community misconduct for years, assailed the dishonesty of corporate news operatives such as Christine Amanpour and Oliver Darcy for falsely asserting that reports of Hunter Biden’s corruption were lies or Russian disinformation. Discredited former government officials such as John Brennan had also sought to dismiss the Hunter Biden story on dishonest grounds, and Big Tech utilized a censorship campaign unprecedented in American history to try and bury the bombshell corruption story.
“We need to recognize what a historic crime and disgrace this is. As soon as these documents became known, James Brennan, James Clapper, all the standard professional liars, issued a letter claiming this material was the hallmark of Russian disinformation, even though they had no basis for thinking that. And that gave the media permission to lie to the public continuously… And for Silicon Valley to censor these materials.
This is an incredible crime by the corporate media and a lie to the public to bury information before an election, but also, domestic interference on the part of intelligence agencies in order to manipulate the outcome of our election.”
The corporate media will never regain its credibility.
Washington Post Op-Ed Writer Asks Why It’s Difficult to “Deprogram Trumpian Conspiracy Theorists”
This “deprogramming” talk is dangerous and it needs to stop.
Professor and Washington Post contributor Brian Klaas recently wrote an op-ed for the paper titled “Why is it so hard to deprogram Trumpist conspriacy theorists?”, speculating that Trump’s base is teeming with “deluded people” who are so out of touch with reality that “reprogramming” them may prove impossible.
The Post published the op-ed Monday. Klaas’ opening paragraph says in part that “for the past four years, the United States was governed by a conspiracy theorist in chief. Whether by retweeting QAnon accounts from the Oval Office or painting himself as the victim of shadowy ‘deep state’ plots at rallies, President Donald Trump injected the toxin of baseless conspiratorial thinking straight into America’s political bloodstream.”
He asserts that the participants of the Capitol storming on January 6 were “insurrectionists” and “conspiracy theorists” and then asks if “we have any hope of deprogramming the millions of Americans who are devoted to dangerous lunacy.”
“Don’t hold your breath,” quipped Klaas, who proceeds to jump into a psychological explanation for why conspiracy theorists believe the things they believe. Part of what makes them so hard to “deprogram,” he says, is an inability for their claims to be falsified, their ever-shifting explanations for why predicted events don’t come to pass, and the social atmosphere of online communities.
Klaas concludes his op-ed as follows: “We can no longer pretend that conspiracy theorists are beneath our attention. They’ve shown they have tremendous capacity to inflict damage on society. Bringing the deluded people who populate Trump’s political base back to reality will be difficult. But to find the right antidote, we need to at least accurately diagnose who has taken the poison. And that means acknowledging that those who sympathize with the Capitol insurrectionists are not far-off lunatics. Some, most likely, are your neighbors.
“And, given the staying power of conspiratorial thinking, they aren’t likely to change their minds anytime soon.”
This is hardly the first time commentators and writers have used “deprogramming” language in recent days. And it reveals a lot about the contempt with which they view Trump supporters. It doesn’t get any more clear that they wish millions of people had their worldviews thoroughly reexamined and minds reprogrammed before they can be considered part of polite society again. That’s extraordinarily dangerous, divisive rhetoric. And it needs to stop.
Did the people who stormed the Capitol do something wrong and did some of them believe in QAnon-type conspiracy theories? Yes and yes. But the left for years has smeared Trump as a dictator and his fervent supporters as fascists; hence they have no moral qualms about lumping together both the Capitol rioters and run-of-the-mill Trump supporters. They essentially think January 2021 is May 1945 and that we all need to be denazified. It’s disturbing and concerning, especially since they’re the ones with all the institutional power.
We’re going to be in for a rough four years, guys.
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