15 Dec The U.S. political-media establishment “HACKS” away at Russia, but America’s few remaining journalists are asking for a little thing called EVIDENCE.
Although every day gives us LESS reason to believe the evidence-free CIA/MSM claims of “Russian hacking,” let’s suppose it’s all true. Let’s suppose that the Kremlin DID reveal (by disseminating 100%-authentic documents) that the leaders of the Democratic Party are bigoted, corrupt, anti-democratic, primary-rigging authoritarians with the ethics, values, donor list, and policy priorities of the worst Republicans…
WOULD YOU RATHER NOT KNOW?
It should mean something to decent, principled liberals that no one has denied the authenticity or accuracy of the leaked documents (so damning, revealing so much festering rot in our nation’s corporatized political-media establishment).
My question for the Left: at what point did THE TRUTH become less important to us than mere partisanship (in the service of the failed candidacy of a blood-soaked Wall Street neocon, no less)? Don’t you feel the least bit silly — as a liberal — carrying water for warmongers, “trade” proponents, neo-McCarthyites, and our democracy-overthrowing CIA? (In short, acting like a foot-soldier of the far-right.)
Before we embarrass ourselves any further, here’s some of the best JOURNALISM I’ve encountered concerning the allegations of the “Russian hack” (including a few voices who’ve been consistently right over the years — those who’ve steadfastly refused to drink the Washington “Kool-Aid”):
Fair questions remain. Despite all the appearance of an orchestrated propaganda campaign, maybe it WILL turn out that the Kremlin did something to affect the 2016 U.S. presidential election. IT’S POSSIBLE. But even if it was a Russian hand that pulled back the curtain revealing the corruption within the Democratic Party and U.S. election systems, I’D RATHER KNOW about the rot within our system than remain ignorant of that reality.
Investigate further, by all means. And prevent further “hacks” (if any of that turns out to be factual) in order to safeguard our electoral systems — which badly need fixing — but NEVER FORGET: ALL THAT’S BEEN REVEALED FOR CERTAIN IS THAT CORPORATIONS AND THE MONEY-LAUNDERING DEMOCRATIC PARTY DID EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO RIG THE PRIMARY AGAINST THE BEST PEOPLE’S CANDIDATE IN GENERATIONS, SUPPRESSING MILLIONS OF VOTES AND MAKING A FARCE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, PAVING THE WAY FOR DONALD TRUMP.
Sad, but true. (And if we’re going to try to rebuild the Left, we need to start from a place of TRUTH. Virtually everyone at the top of the Democratic Party, CNN-NBC-WaPo-NYT, should be fired or demoted. This swamp needs draining ASAP and we need to start listening to the marginalized folks and progressives who’ve been getting it right all these years.)