The US Civil War was about ending slavery, no matter what some people might think it was about, either then or now. The last US presidential election was about denying white supremacists the White House, no matter what some people might think, either then or now, and Democracy Now was on the wrong side of that fight.
In the past year we have seen solid evidence that Russian government hackers stole the DNC and Podesta emails. They had bot armies operating on social media running fake accounts pushing anti-Clinton messages and promoting the candidacies of Donald Trump or Jill Stein. They also bought ads on Twitter, facebook and Google. facebook has said fake US election ads paid for by Russia reached 120 million Americans. Reality Winner gave her freedom to leak a NSA report about Russian attempts to manipulate the voting infrastructure itself. Russia Today, and the many other media outlets under Russian influence, spent hundreds of hours promoting Jill Stein's anti-Clinton campaign. [Would they had been so kind to her if she had been equally anti-Trump?] Now, with the George Papadopoulos Stipulation and Plea Agreement, the Russian attempt to provide the Trump campaign with "dirt" on Clinton is established as a legal fact. Still, on Democracy Now, as if to please Putin, it's still the "alleged" Russian interference. Listen to how they covered Monday's news of the Mueller indictments and pleas on Tuesday's show:
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s former business associate, Rick Gates, surrendered to authorities Monday morning, after a federal grand jury handed down the first indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.Putin would be pleased. Even after all this direct evidence of Russian interference has been building for more than a year it's still qualified as "alleged." It was the only thing so qualified on Tuesday's show. Amy Goodman was even slicker with her "possible collusion" dodge:
AMY GOODMAN: Manafort’s bail was set at $10 million, Gates’ set at $5 million. They’ve both been placed under house arrest.First off, "the case against George Papadopoulos" has already been settled by the plea agreement and the facts of it have already been established. Then Amy Goodman artful leaves out of her reportage of the narrative the one actor that firmly establishes Russian attempts to interference with the US election as a matter of legal fact, and no longer "allegations." Allow me to correct her in brackets:
Meanwhile, observers are closely watching the case against George Papadopoulos, an early foreign policy adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign, who may provide greater evidence of possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. According to his plea deal, Papadopoulos was told that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, and through a series of communications with foreign agents, he tried to facilitate communication between the Trump campaign and Russian agents.
According to his plea deal, Papadopoulos was told [by the Russians] that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, and through a series of communications with [Russian]Amy Goodman is still careful to omit certain facts so that the question of Russian interference in the US elections remains a mere "allegation." She has done the same thing for Bashar al-Assad whenever he has been called out for killing with sarin. It took Marcy Wheeler to leave "alleged" and "possible" out of it, and tell it straight:
foreignagents, he tried to facilitate communication between the Trump campaign and Russian agents.
MARCY WHEELER: So, Papadopoulos was living in London. He was basically—it’s quite clear from the plea, he was being courted by Russian handlers, by three different Russian handlers, to set up a meeting. They wanted to set up a meeting between Putin and Trump.It is not at all surprising that Democracy Now would want to question Russia's role in last year's election. When it came to the pro-Jill Stein and anti-Hillary Clinton positioning of Democracy Now's propaganda efforts in last year's election, little daylight could be seen between them and Kremlin directed outlets like RT. Below are examples of "ads" the Russians didn't have to pay for, AFAIK:
ICYMI: Podesta Emails Show @donnabrazile Shared Questions with Clinton Campaign https://t.co/SqTBwpJ0u2 pic.twitter.com/DNtJeQgT9e— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 2, 2016
.@wikileaks: Clinton Camp Called Nurses' Union @NationalNurses "Fringe" and "Not Real" https://t.co/m93BnT1qCH— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 31, 2016
Trump: Clinton Could Start World War III in Syria https://t.co/fdp4E3RZsk pic.twitter.com/uj2qCVQaEJ— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 27, 2016
WikiLeaks: Clinton Charity Took Millions from Moroccan King in Exchange for Appearance https://t.co/9xejHctJZ3 pic.twitter.com/FElciZ1K4g— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 25, 2016
Hacked Emails Reveal Clinton Aides Worried About Foundation Activity https://t.co/gHTNqnLHFh pic.twitter.com/pfY8bcVZWO— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 28, 2016
Trump Calls Clinton Foundation "Criminal Enterprise" & Denounces Haiti Earthquake Response https://t.co/oplrJNmttD pic.twitter.com/njTZL6S5zg— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 20, 2016
.@ZaidJilani on #PodestaEmails: "We saw a face of Clinton that she tends to show only to people who are very wealthy" pic.twitter.com/CCzP6zKPDx— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 20, 2016
.@wikileaks: Hillary Clinton Told Pipeline & Fracking Critics to "Get a Life" https://t.co/cHESWiaBm1 pic.twitter.com/oKXfoVqzZi— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 17, 2016
.@DrJillStein: "We need to get past this debate over whether Hillary or Donald is more corrupt" https://t.co/tIIqDQO8PJ— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 13, 2016
.@lhfang: Latest Clinton emails "really show… that Hillary Clinton is far more conservative, far more business friendly" pic.twitter.com/b8j9lpmV1A— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 12, 2016
Bill Clinton’s Trade Policies Destroyed Haitian Rice Farming, Now Haiti Faces Post-Hurricane Famine https://t.co/EZkZ6Y4EUY pic.twitter.com/Zo7L7eYD5n— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 11, 2016
Ralph Nader: Calling a Third-Party Candidate a "Spoiler" is a "Politically Bigoted Word" https://t.co/rpnnWSOfoF pic.twitter.com/4VpXpqpQ00— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) September 19, 2016
A New McCarthyism: @ggreenwald on Clinton Camp's Attempts to Link Trump, @DrJillStein & @wikileaks to Russia https://t.co/X6AZCtK2Ls— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 31, 2016
New York Times: @ClintonFdn Symbol of "Tangled Alliances" https://t.co/dHFWn2Thz0 pic.twitter.com/d60LKgVdjj— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 31, 2016
"Why Did Saudis, Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to Clinton Foundation?" - @ggreenwald https://t.co/O4wWqC0ZN3 pic.twitter.com/nNdupICpoF— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 30, 2016
Live at 8am ET: @ggreenwald on Rousseff impeachment vote, Clinton Foundation & more. https://t.co/Pk5XoDNL8M pic.twitter.com/ih9lGde88W— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 29, 2016
Debate: Should @ClintonFdn Be Shut Down If Hillary Clinton Wins? https://t.co/ODMa5FoSzT pic.twitter.com/yUJBY3Uyxe— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 25, 2016
Clinton Slams AP Article About Her Meeting with Foundation Donors https://t.co/KgTUXKUh4O pic.twitter.com/rxtRJcrJK5— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 26, 2016
Trump: "Impossible to Figure Out Where Clinton Foundation Ends & State Dept. Begins" https://t.co/O5oirIT6d0 pic.twitter.com/jur0kITX1z— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 25, 2016
Clinton Foundation: No More International Donations If Hillary Wins https://t.co/qR7soeR6Rw pic.twitter.com/EkBdAvd8La— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 20, 2016
More Emails Show Clinton Foundation Ties to State Department https://t.co/5pKmxe9kpu pic.twitter.com/tYMpnC3Eq3— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 24, 2016
Did Companies & Countries Buy State Dept. Access by Donating to Clinton Foundation? https://t.co/XNnDitj639 pic.twitter.com/uYTz5mpphz— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) August 12, 2016
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