Last weekend, New York Times writers, Kenneth Vogel and Matthew Rosenberg, provided a textbook example of how the mainstream media actively supports, and provides cover for, the agendas and lies of Democratic legislators and government officials by presenting and shaping the news in a way that helps advance the liberal narrative. The problem is, that because so many people form their world views by reading and listening to skewed versions of the news, these lies become the truth for many Americans.
Many of you may have read this article which was entitled “Agents Tried to Flip Russian Oligarchs. The Fallout Spread to Trump.”
The premise of the article is that, between 2014 and 2016, the FBI and the DOJ had tried to recruit Russian billionaire and Putin ally, Oleg Deripaska, as an intelligence asset. Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele were involved in this operation.
The purpose of the article appears to be a deliberate attempt to justify the many meetings that took place between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele. It was likely written to mitigate the damage caused by Bruce Ohr’s testimony before Congress last week. The authors attempt to convince readers that these meetings were mostly about the Deripaska case. Some of the later ones, they tell us, may have been about the Trump dossier, as they try to downplay their importance.
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While Mr. Steele did discuss the research that resulted in the dossier with Mr. Ohr during the final months of the campaign, current and former officials said that Mr. Deripaska was the subject of many of the contacts between the two men between 2014 and 2016.
Regarding Deripaska, the FBI/DOJ offered to help him obtain US visas and try to “address his legal problems. In exchange, they were hoping for information on Russian organized crime and, (oh yeah maybe) later on, possible Russian aid to President Trump’s 2016 campaign.”
The plan was to turn six Russian oligarchs into informants and they had a zero success rate. Mr. Deripaska told American investigators that:
He disagreed with their theories about Russian organized crime and Kremlin collusion in the campaign, a person familiar with the exchanges said. The person added that Mr. Deripaska even notified the Kremlin about the American efforts to cultivate him.
The story reads like propaganda. The most egregious part is actually the caption appearing under a photo of Bruce Ohr. It reads “One of the players in the effort to cultivate Mr. Deripaska was Bruce G. Ohr, the Justice Department official who has recently become a target of attacks by Mr. Trump over his ties to the former British spy Christopher Steele.”
Think about that. Ohr has become a target of attacks by Mr. Trump? Suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.
The authors ridicule the conservative view of the Mueller investigation,
casting it as part of a vast, long-running conspiracy by a “deep state” bent on undermining Mr. Trump. In their telling, Mr. Ohr and his wife — who worked as a contractor at the same research firm that produced the dossier — are villainous central players in a cabal out to destroy the president.
Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, has testified under oath that Ohr’s wife, Nellie, a Russia expert who is fluent in Russian, was hired specifically to work on the dossier project. She was not merely “working at the same research firm that produced the dossier.”
Ohr and Steele held an inconsequential meeting with Deripaska in September 2015 and he would not agree to a second meeting. However, in September 2016, FBI agents appeared without warning at his New York apartment.
By then, they (the FBI) were already investigating possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, and they pressed Mr. Deripaska about whether his former business partner, Mr. Manafort, had served as a link to the Kremlin during his time as Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman.
It was not only the F.B.I. that was concerned about Russian interference in the final months of the campaign. American spy agencies were sounding an alarm after months of intelligence reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russians, and Moscow’s hacking of Democratic Party emails. (American intelligence agencies would later conclude that the interference was real and that Russia had acted to boost Mr. Trump’s candidacy.)
By combining the two allegations in one sentence, contacts between Trump associates and Russians and Moscow’s hacking of Democratic Party emails, they are deliberately misleading readers into believing that both statements are true. They want their readers to believe that Trump was in on it, yet no evidence of collusion has surfaced after two years of investigations.
Come ON! More like, how do we accomplish this without getting caught?
Mr. Deripaska, though, told the F.B.I. agents that while he had no love for Mr. Manafort, with whom he was in a bitter business dispute, he found their theories about his role on the campaign “preposterous.” He also disputed that there were any connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to the person familiar with the exchange.The Justice Department’s efforts to cultivate Mr. Deripaska appear to have fizzled soon after, amid worsening relations between the United States and Russia.
Deripaska, who would most likely have had knowledge of any arrangements between the Trump campaign and Russia, would have had much to gain by disclosing it (help with US visas and his legal problems with US government). Also, he strongly disliked Manafort.
The article drags on with more tedious details of activity between the DOJ and Deripaska trying to establish a rationale for all the meetings and communications between Ohr and Steele.
This article is a perfect illustration of how the mainstream media and Democratic officials work as a team to undermine the Trump administration. And this is only one article in one newspaper on one day. We can extrapolate to estimate the impact this practice has had over the course of Trump’s candidacy and presidency. These journalists are not keeping the American people informed. They are presenting a distorted version of the news, which is lying. Through the use of propaganda, the mainstream media supports the agendas of liberal lawmakers and officials. And this distortion of the truth is the cause of much of the political divisions in our society today.
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