After Comey’s testimony, the Russia Trump collusion story has been downgraded to Birther level controversy. Comey vindicated Trump, saying in fact that Trump was never even under investigation. Comey has also said that Russia did not alter a single vote in the US election. On the administration side, it seems as though the biggest issue is General Mike Flynn’s work with Russia and failure to disclose the payments he received. Yes Trump asked Comey to go easy on Flynn, but Trump also fired Flynn.
What did Russia do then? Russia did not collude with the administration. Russia did not change the votes. They did not hack the electronic voting machines. Apparently it’s possible that Russia released Podesta’s emails, but the incriminating statements there came directly from Podesta and other DNC staffers. At this point, it appears that Russia’s biggest sin was printing negative press and sometimes fake news about Hillary Clinton.
Russia did not print negative news about Hillary Clinton in order to elect Trump. Unlike the Clinton’s campaign work to influence the GOP primary and make sure Trump won, Russia simply didn’t like Hillary Clinton.
Russia’s actions have been called an act of war. Even some on the GOP side have called Russia’s actions an attempt to destroy our constitutional process and democracy. Is this a valid accusation? Does foreign media printing negative stories equate to election hacking? Should we be sanctioning Russia because they printed negative stories about Hillary Clinton?
Let’s talk about Germany. Harvard recently performed a study on various news outlets to see whether Trump was getting fair coverage. The result is that Trump is getting more negative coverage than any of his predecessors. Remember, negative press from foreign sources equals an act of war and destruction of our constitutional process. So we should probably be concerned about Germany’s ARD news network’s 98% negative reporting rate on Trump.
Britain is another hacking nation that has declared war on the US through their media outlets. Financial Times was negative about Trump 84% of the time, BBC 74% of the time. When it comes to using media to influence US opinion, both Britain and Germany are just as guilty as Russia.
There’s one other problem worth mentioning. The assault on the US and our constitutional processes is not being led by Russia or Germany. It’s being led by the US. If unbalanced coverage and fake news equals everything the left and John McCain say it does, then we should be more concerned about CNN and NBC reporting negatively about Trump 93% of the time. CBS was 91%, New York Times 87%, Washington Post 83%. Comey’s testimony discredited all of these US news outlets, forcing them to print retractions of fake news they had recently reported.
If the whole Russia thing boils down to their state media operations, I hope we can find a way to laugh at ourselves and move on with our lives. And to think, Obama kicked the Russian ambassadors out of our country over this.