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[The demands and immediate concerns of my life continue today with no let-up in sight. In the meantime the vile world dimensional on the Potomac continues with the release of the long-dreaded/welcomed clown show known as “The Mueller Report.” It’s early innings yet but so far the best long article on the Democrats Coprophagic Feeding Festival is by Matt Tabbi at  It’s official: Russiagate is this generation’s WMD. Here are some excerpts but I commend the whole to you.]

Nobody wants to hear this, but news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is headed home without issuing new charges is a death-blow for the reputation of the American news media.

As has long been rumored, the former FBI chief’s independent probe will result in multiple indictments and convictions, but no “presidency-wrecking” conspiracy charges, or anything that would meet the layman’s definition of “collusion” with Russia.

With the caveat that even this news might somehow turn out to be botched, the key detail in the many stories about the end of the Mueller investigation was best expressed by the New York Times:

A senior Justice Department official said that Mr. Mueller would not recommend new indictments.

The Times tried to soften the emotional blow for the millions of Americans trained in these years to place hopes for the overturn of the Trump presidency in Mueller. Nobody even pretended it was supposed to be a fact-finding mission, instead of an act of faith.

The Special Prosecutor literally became a religious figure during the last few years, with votive candles sold in his image and Saturday Night Live cast members singing “All I Want for Christmas is You” to him featuring the rhymey line: “Mueller please come through, because the only option is a coup.”

The Times story today tried to preserve Santa Mueller’s reputation, noting Trump’s Attorney General William Barr’s reaction was an “endorsement” of the fineness of Mueller’s work:

In an apparent endorsement of an investigation that Mr. Trump has relentlessly attacked as a “witch hunt,” Mr. Barr said Justice Department officials never had to intervene to keep Mr. Mueller from taking an inappropriate or unwarranted step.

Mueller, in other words, never stepped out of the bounds of his job description. But could the same be said for the news media?

For those anxious to keep the dream alive, the Times published its usual graphic of Trump-Russia “contacts,” inviting readers to keep making connections. But in a separate piece by Peter Baker, the paper noted the Mueller news had dire consequences for the press:

It will be a reckoning for President Trump, to be sure, but also for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, for Congress, for Democrats, for Republicans, for the news media and, yes, for the system as a whole…

This is a damning page one admission by the Times. Despite the connect-the-dots graphic in its other story, and despite the astonishing, emotion-laden editorial the paper also ran suggesting “We don’t need to read the Mueller report” because we know Trump is guilty, Baker at least began the work of preparing Times readers for a hard question: “Have journalists connected too many dots that do not really add up?”

The paper was signaling it understood there would now be questions about whether or not news outlets like themselves made a galactic error by betting heavily on a new, politicized approach, trying to be true to “history’s judgment” on top of the hard-enough job of just being true. Worse, in a brutal irony everyone should have seen coming, the press has now handed Trump the mother of campaign issues heading into 2020.

Nobody wants to hear this, but news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is headed home without issuing new charges is a death-blow for the reputation of the American news media.

As has long been rumored, the former FBI chief’s independent probe will result in multiple indictments and convictions, but no “presidency-wrecking” conspiracy charges, or anything that would meet the layman’s definition of “collusion” with Russia.

With the caveat that even this news might somehow turn out to be botched, the key detail in the many stories about the end of the Mueller investigation was best expressed by the New York Times:

A senior Justice Department official said that Mr. Mueller would not recommend new indictments.

The Times tried to soften the emotional blow for the millions of Americans trained in these years to place hopes for the overturn of the Trump presidency in Mueller. Nobody even pretended it was supposed to be a fact-finding mission, instead of an act of faith.

The Special Prosecutor literally became a religious figure during the last few years, with votive candles sold in his image and Saturday Night Live cast members singing “All I Want for Christmas is You” to him featuring the rhymey line: “Mueller please come through, because the only option is a coup.”

The Times story today tried to preserve Santa Mueller’s reputation, noting Trump’s Attorney General William Barr’s reaction was an “endorsement” of the fineness of Mueller’s work:

In an apparent endorsement of an investigation that Mr. Trump has relentlessly attacked as a “witch hunt,” Mr. Barr said Justice Department officials never had to intervene to keep Mr. Mueller from taking an inappropriate or unwarranted step.

Mueller, in other words, never stepped out of the bounds of his job description. But could the same be said for the news media?

For those anxious to keep the dream alive, the Times published its usual graphic of Trump-Russia “contacts,” inviting readers to keep making connections. But in a separate piece by Peter Baker, the paper noted the Mueller news had dire consequences for the press:

It will be a reckoning for President Trump, to be sure, but also for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, for Congress, for Democrats, for Republicans, for the news media and, yes, for the system as a whole…

This is a damning page one admission by the Times. Despite the connect-the-dots graphic in its other story, and despite the astonishing, emotion-laden editorial the paper also ran suggesting “We don’t need to read the Mueller report” because we know Trump is guilty, Baker at least began the work of preparing Times readers for a hard question: “Have journalists connected too many dots that do not really add up?”

The paper was signaling it understood there would now be questions about whether or not news outlets like themselves made a galactic error by betting heavily on a new, politicized approach, trying to be true to “history’s judgment” on top of the hard-enough job of just being true. Worse, in a brutal irony everyone should have seen coming, the press has now handed Trump the mother of campaign issues heading into 2020.

Nothing Trump is accused of from now on by the press will be believed by huge chunks of the population, a group that (perhaps thanks to this story) is now larger than his original base. As Baker notes, a full 50.3% of respondents in a poll conducted this month said they agree with Trump the Mueller probe is a “witch hunt.”

Stories have been coming out for some time now hinting Mueller’s final report might leave audiences “disappointed,” as if a President not being a foreign spy could somehow be bad news.

Openly using such language has, all along, been an indictment. Imagine how tone-deaf you’d have to be to not realize it makes you look bad, when news does not match audience expectations you raised. To be unaware of this is mind-boggling, the journalistic equivalent of walking outside without pants.

There will be people protesting: the Mueller report doesn’t prove anything! What about the 37 indictments? The convictions? The Trump tower revelations? The lies! The meeting with Don, Jr.? The financial matters! There’s an ongoing grand jury investigation, and possible sealed indictments, and the House will still investigate, and…

Stop. Just stop. Any journalist who goes there is making it worse.

For years, every pundit and Democratic pol in Washington hyped every new Russia headline like the Watergate break-in. Now, even Nancy Pelosi has said impeachment is out, unless something “so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan” against Trump is uncovered it would be worth their political trouble to prosecute.

The biggest thing this affair has uncovered so far is Donald Trump paying off a porn star. That’s a hell of a long way from what this business was supposedly about at the beginning, and shame on any reporter who tries to pretend this isn’t so.

The story hyped from the start was espionage: a secret relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian spooks who’d helped him win the election.

The betrayal narrative was not reported at first as metaphor. It was not “Trump likes the Russians so much, he might as well be a spy for them.” It was literal spying, treason, and election-fixing – crimes so severe, former NSA employee John Schindler told reporters, Trump “will die in jail.”

In the early months of this scandal, the New York Times said Trump’s campaign had “repeated contacts” with Russian intelligence; the Wall Street Journal told us our spy agencies were withholding intelligence from the new President out of fear he was compromised; news leaked out our spy chiefs had even told other countries like Israel not to share their intel with us, because the Russians might have “leverages of pressure” on Trump.

CNN told us Trump officials had been in “constant contact” with “Russians known to U.S. intelligence,” and the former director of the CIA, who’d helped kick-start the investigation that led to Mueller’s probe, said the President was guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” committing acts “nothing short of treasonous.”

Hillary Clinton insisted Russians “could not have known how to weaponize” political ads unless they’d been “guided” by Americans. Asked if she meant Trump, she said, “It’s pretty hard not to.” Harry Reid similarly said he had “no doubt” that the Trump campaign was “in on the deal” to help Russians with the leak.

None of this has been walked back. To be clear, if Trump were being blackmailed by Russian agencies like the FSB or the GRU, if he had any kind of relationship with Russian intelligence, that would soar over the “overwhelming and bipartisan” standard, and Nancy Pelosi would be damning torpedoes for impeachment right now.

There was never real gray area here. Either Trump is a compromised foreign agent, or he isn’t. If he isn’t, news outlets once again swallowed a massive disinformation campaign, only this error is many orders of magnitude more stupid than any in the recent past, WMD included. Honest reporters like ABC’s Terry Moran understand: Mueller coming back empty-handed on collusion means a “reckoning for the media.”

Of course, there won’t be such a reckoning. (There never is). But there should be. We broke every written and unwritten rule in pursuit of this story, starting with the prohibition on reporting things we can’t confirm…

RTWT @ It’s official: Russiagate is this generation’s WMD.

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  • Casey March 24, 2019, 10:42 AM

    Could the media and dems have actually achieved their primary goal? That being timely deflection of public/media scrutiny of Hillary crimes? Because that is what just happened. A fucking server in her bathroom cupboard. Erased. I could go on.

    I think a re-ordering of the CIA, bowels to bowlerspot, is in order. Then, disband (dismember would be more gratifying, however…) the FBI in total, and give their job to another agency. The AG’s office needs a second look, as well. Pink slips and subpoenas for the lot.

    Shit. Why aren’t I the president? Come on, now, Mr. Trump. Grow a pair because we smell blood in the water and want some.

    The media are not necessarily liable for their reporting, but I kind of wonder what skeletons are in their closets? No. I want to watch them dissemble for the next couple of years. That will be some sweet schadenfreude.

  • Ray Van Dune March 24, 2019, 11:52 AM

    Gee, I wonder how much better we would be doing in our negotiations with Russia, China, the EU and the Norks if our Negotiator-in-Chief had to just deal with them as our adversaries, and not also been under assault by 100% of Democrats, 90% of the news media, and 50% of Republicans, in a hoax that was designed to undo the last Presidential election and cover up the attempted coup, mostly for the benefit of Hillary Clinton, and the security and well-being of the honest citizens of the United States be damned?

    Anyone else think that maybe we need answers on that from a bunch of people? And finally some consequences for them, not just everyone else?

  • ghostsniper March 24, 2019, 12:59 PM

    Agreed, Casey. Deflection, big time. But what is the statute of limitations on that communist harlot?
    Caught a few mins of “Meet the Press” this morning and there was a male negro politician on there going on and on about “…releasing ALL of the report so the american people can make up their own minds….”. The host kept asking him stuff from different angles and that’s all the dood could say over and over. I thought I was looking at an automatron. I had to turn it off, it was so offensive to look at. There’s some seriously brain damaged people running loose in this country.

  • Sam L. March 24, 2019, 1:05 PM

    The Dems’ hoped-for messiah was a BUST. A FLAT bust.

  • Casey Klahn March 24, 2019, 1:41 PM

    Approached by a CNN reporter. “How’s that collusion story going, Cronkite?”

    Tar them.

  • Terry March 24, 2019, 1:45 PM

    Mr. Mueller was and is a piss ant crawling along the edge of a toilet. The media is made up of snakes. However, the biggest danger to this Nation is the CIA. Has been since it’s inception and especially since Allen Dulles was at it’s head. My father was silenced by these thugs because he was witness to criminal operations in various places such as Iran, Korea, Laos, etc.

    The .gov/media complex will be more dangerous to liberty/life now than ever before. Be sure to remember that the so-called tech giants are part of this cabal.

  • james wilson March 24, 2019, 2:03 PM

    Yep, Casey, mission accomplished. And Trump is absorbed as the official opposition to the Borg. His re-election will be no more impediment to the Borg than Reagan was. It’s all pretty clever, or, it was always inevitable and we were the last one’s to get it.

  • Anonymous March 24, 2019, 4:55 PM

    This entire matter was a massive disgrace to the rule of law.
    I have always said that, if you gave me an unlimited budget and a platoon of lawyers, I could indict anyone over the age of 18 for some “crime”.
    Essentially, a substantial portion of the apparatus of government was diverted to attempt to overturn the results of an election. Almost no media outlet of substance demurred to this course of conduct, and in fact cheered it on.

  • jwm March 24, 2019, 5:08 PM

    The donks accomplished a lot.
    Know what you’re going up against if you’re thinking about run for president against a donk. Your family and friends will be trashed in the media. Every one who ever knew you will be subject to a media driven smear campaign. Know that every investigative and legal body will be brought to bear against you, and you will be forced to defend yourself against malicious prosecution on baseless charges.
    Who, other than Donald J Trump has the resources or the balls to stand up to a shit storm like the one these evil brats threw?

    JWM

  • Vanderleun March 24, 2019, 7:07 PM

    After a strong dose of targetted assassinations, the playing field should get nice and level again.

  • ghostsniper March 25, 2019, 4:56 AM

    Somebody hasn’t been paying attention.
    As long as the media is not held accountable for it’s words nothing will be different, in fact, it will be worse.

    I’m reminded of a friends words right after Obama was first elected, “Now the negro’s will have nothing to complain about.” But alas their whines got even louder. If you thought media fraud (crime) was intolerable before, just watch how they amp it up now.

    Freedom of speech does not cover lying and fraud.

  • John the River March 25, 2019, 5:54 AM

    Times like this I like to watch “Remo Williams” and the exploits of Chuan special assassin to the Office of the President of the United States, Dept. of The Eleventh Commandment “They Shall Not Get Away With It”.

  • Jeff Brokaw March 25, 2019, 6:21 AM

    I’m glad Taibbi wrote that but … look how far we have fallen when actual news reporting that includes healthy skepticism in order to uncover truth is notable for its rarity.

    Good grief what a dumpster fire the media has become. They will never recover the credibility they have squandered, and their audience shrinks by the day, yet instead of seeking better balance in their coverage to regain trust they continue to double down on zealotry and partisanship when that is exactly what is driving them to extinction.

    Whatever. Bye bye. “Everyone wave goodbye to juice box! Literally wave!” https://youtu.be/ry1tNGC6npg

  • Vermont Woodchuck March 25, 2019, 7:33 AM

    All this uproar over the Mueller report is just Scene 3 Act 1. Act two will open with some bodies in the street and only when those are media bodies will Act 3 commence. That will open to the sounds of sniping. Scene 2 contains a full blown civil war since the Left will not tolerate any loss as final. Only with the eradication of the CPUSA in all it’s manifestations will peace be upon the land until a new ruddy Messiah crawls out of the cesspit.

  • JoanOfArgghh! March 25, 2019, 7:36 AM

    “As long as the media is not held accountable for it’s words nothing will be different, in fact, it will be worse.”
    This x 1000. You are absolutely right.

  • captflee March 25, 2019, 8:57 AM

    While I wish no one dead over this coup attempt, largely for practical reasons as opposed to overarching moral concerns (the bodies of the dead feel nought, I suspect), the significant participants need to feel some real pain for the damage they have inflicted on the republic. The remainder of one’s years in a supermax, having only those privileges afforded, say, Jose Padilla, would be a decent start, but that’s not really in the cards for our nomenklatura, is it? If/when numbers of the obviously guilty skate away, free as birds, things just might get frisky rather quickly. All bets will be off then.

  • Vanderleun March 25, 2019, 10:23 AM

    Extra applause for recognizing our home grown “nomenklatura.” and their need for stern correction.

  • captflee March 25, 2019, 12:38 PM

    Thank you, sir. Glad to see you back in the affray!
    Take especially good care of yourself in these trying times. As my subcontinental friends are wont to say, ” Do the needful!”.

  • Aggie March 25, 2019, 12:43 PM

    It’s interesting to see who is well-enough connected to have received good advance intel on the Mueller findings, and who has been shrewd enough to act on it, departing their party bubble early. Nancy Pelosi is one of them, trying to manage expectations. Mr. Taibi is another.

    Although I do enjoy his writing and respect much of his reporting, he is one of the people he describes. His partisan bias has been particularly snarky and toxic; so to see him change tack so decisively reveals he’s ambitious enough to abandon the dead horse to get another leg up on the next one. But I don’t expect the tone of his coverage or the alignment of his biases to change much. And I don’t think of him as being an outsider in the crowd he just criticized.

  • Howard Nelson March 25, 2019, 2:34 PM

    Do not despair. In America, uncommon heroes spring up when needed whether manured or not by political bullshit. As farmers know bs serves as fertilizer for seeds seeking the light.
    Lindsey Graham has grown into a lightseeker and is promising to investigate the anomalies of the recent past: misuse of FISA procedures, email evaporations, Steele weasaling, Brennan/Comey/*** illegalities, and related cesspool activities.
    As Vachel Lindsay might put it, ‘Rare will be the revel and well worth while that will make we patriots proud and smile’.

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  • Steve in Greensboro March 27, 2019, 6:44 AM

    Obama and his top execs conspired with the Deep Administrative State to 1) eavesdrop on the Trump campaign and feed that information to the Hillary campaign and 2) after Trump was duly elected depose him via lawfare.

    And Matt Taibbi is concerned about the negative impact on the press? He’s got to be kidding. I’ve seen Gallup polls that show an average of roughly 70% of Americans (including Democrats) have little trust in the media. Taibbi’s ship (of media credibility) left the dock, caught fire and sank a long time ago.

    What the failed coup demonstrated to the American people (or at least 70% of them) is that they cannot trust the Federal Government either. Neither trust in the FedGov nor in the media will ever be regained.