Remember back when the activist media mocked the very idea that special counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russiagate hoax would turn up anything substantive? The members of the famed Fourth Estate harassed anyone supporting this probe, suggesting that it was just a conspiracy theory.
The idea that Democrats had been spying on Donald Trump to create false narratives linking him with Russia was raised by the then-President. Members of the media laughed at Trump’s suggestion, suggesting that he was fabricating the entire thing. “60 Minutes”Lesley Stahl, correspondent, claimed he didn’t have any proof. “There’s no real evidence,” she said. “This is ’60 Minutes.’ We can’t put on things we can’t verify.”
Don Lemon, an activist for CNN Media and Chris Cuomo, his former colleague tried to doubt the theory. Fox News Reports:
In December 2019, Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo, ex-dynamic duo from CNN, criticized John Durham’s and Trump’s efforts to uncover the truth but failing to do so. “Nothing happens and they just move on to the next conspiracy theory,” Lemon said to Cuomo during a handover. “It is never going to end and guess what? People who want to believe that BS are going to believe it.”
In October last year, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who established herself as the left’s foremost Russiagate conspiracy theorist over the past few years, claimed the objective behind Durham’s investigation was to distract attention away from supposed illegal acts committed by Trump.
“It’s a boomerang,” she bloviated. “Because it’s apparently an ongoing, concerted Republican and pro-Trump project to try to turn the investigation of the Russia scandal into some kind of scandal itself.”
But, now that Durham’s report has been released, the activist media is eerily quiet. I would imagine that calls to the nation’s mainstream media outlets regarding the report would be answered by a choir of crickets.
At the time of writing, CNN’s front pages are still available. New York Times, MSNBC, The Washington Post NBC News and other prominent activist media outlets would provide headlines about Ukraine and the Super Bowl. There might also be a few COVID-19 stories. But if you were looking for any reportage on Durham’s report, you would be met with a heaping pile of nothing.
On Saturday, Durham released a filing alleging the Hillary Clinton campaign hired techies to “infiltrate” Trump Tower and White House servers to concoct a narrative about a shady connection between Trump and the Kremlin. The objective was to prompt a federal investigation into the former president’s campaign and to convince the public that he was in league with the Russian government.
The Russia collusion hoax became a prevailing narrative in the first couple of years of Trump’s presidency. Democrats, with the zealous help of the activist media, fed a consistent line to the American people insisting Trump’s election was illegitimate because he worked with the Kremlin to steal the race.
Now, the media’s silence speaks volumes.
The revelations coming from John Durham’s investigation have placed the press in a sticky spot. They are still trying to decide how to handle this matter. Or will they try to ignore it? They might try to twist it.
Although it is difficult to determine, there are some possibilities that should be considered. The silence of the Fourth Estate seems to suggest something important: The press knows Durham’s filing is likely accurate. This development would have been a huge surprise if they were not. He would be eager to publish another op ed. Even if there were room for spin, they would at least try to convince their audience that there is no “there” there.
However, they could be silent to indicate that more information will come out. Perhaps they could find more information that would allow them to manipulate their reporting in such a manner as to convince the public this isn’t a scandal.
Either way, we can be sure of one thing: The possibility is high that Durham’s investigation has turned up a smoking gun. It is unlikely that activist media can ignore this finding forever.