(Per the NYT, Bob Woodward’s new book, and virtually every journalistic article that’s come out on RussiaGate over the past two years: no evidence.)
From the article by Joe Lauria in Consortium News, responding to the New York Times’ recent defense of its RussiaGate coverage (doubling down on nuthin’):
“This is a reaffirmation of the faith, a recitation of what the Russia-gate faithful want to believe is true. But mere repetition will not make it so.
“The Times’ unsteady conviction is summed up in this paragraph, which the paper itself then contradicts only a few paragraphs later:
“‘What we now know with certainty: The Russians carried out a landmark intervention that will be examined for decades to come. Acting on the personal animus of Mr. Putin, public and private instruments of Russian power moved with daring and skill to harness the currents of American politics. Well-connected Russians worked aggressively to recruit or influence people inside the Trump campaign.’
“But this schizoid approach leads to the admission that ‘no public evidence has emerged showing that [Trump’s] campaign conspired with Russia.’
“The Times also adds: ‘There is a plausible case that Mr. Putin succeeded in delivering the presidency to his admirer, Mr. Trump, though it cannot be proved or disproved.’
“This is an extraordinary statement. If it cannot be “proved or disproved” what is the point of this entire exercise: of the Mueller probe, the House and Senate investigations and even of this very New York Times article?
“Attempting to prove this constructed story without proof is the very point of this piece.”
LEFTIES AND CENTRISTS, are we tired, yet, of doing the neocons’ dirty work for them, swallowing neo-fascist propaganda whole because we dislike Trump for perfectly valid reasons, having nothing to do with his reasonable foreign policy aspirations, which put him well to the left of our “centrist” (neo-fascist) foreign policy establishment: detente with Russia, ending U.S. support for al Qaeda-led regime-change operations…
Aren’t the accidental neo-McCarthyites tired, yet, of boosting the faction pushing WWIII (the old Bush/Clinton crowd) — simply because they had their hearts set on the other deeply corrupt, racist warmonger winning the presidency in 2016?