Over the past couple of years, the mainstream media has shown us how utterly biased they are when it comes to covering the campaign/administration of Donald J. Trump. This is nothing new, of course – the media has been biased against Republicans for ages – but it has gone into hyper-levels of irresponsibility. And in the wake of the House Intelligence Committee memo’s release on Friday, it leveled up once again. Now the reporting is not just biased, it’s lazy and…just terrible. Maybe these are all synonyms. Maybe they’re all symptoms of the same disease. But it has been remarkably painful to watch these so-called journalists fail time and again to give their readers and viewers the truth about a memo that everyone can actually just read for themselves.
Of course, most people WON’T read the memo for themselves, even though it takes less than a few minutes. And that’s why the media is allowed to get away with this crap. Oh, don’t bother your poor, busy head with that, folks. Just trust us. There’s nothing in there to get upset about. In fact, this actually makes the case against Trump even STRONGER.
No, really. This is what they’re actually saying.
And they’ve been very careful, we’ve noticed, in avoiding this uncomfortable part of the memo:
The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Coie was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.
You can throw away the rest of the memo and just focus on this part, because this says it all. The FBI knowingly used information from a Yahoo News story to make it appear to the FISA court that the media had independently verified certain aspects of the Steele dossier. Except they didn’t mention to the court (for obvious reasons) that Steele WAS the source for the Yahoo News story. Oops! Left that part of it out, did ya?
There is NOTHING else BUT the Steele dossier at the end of the day. That’s all the FBI had in their hot little hands when they went before the FISA court to trick them into allowing them to spy on an American citizen. That is gross misconduct, bordering on treason. It cannot, certainly, be filed away as mere incompetence. Someone needs to answer for this.