He who cannot be named, by the press.
This week’s CounterSpin podcast began with a concise and powerful rundown of some of Donald Trump’s numerous efforts to undermine the integrity of the 2020 election. Independent journalist Joshua Cho compiled a selection of the many well-documented efforts by Mr. Trump and his best people to rig an election the president is constantly complaining will be rigged. I’m waiting for FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) to post a transcript of Janine Jackson’s excellent short piece, which, like Cho’s report, takes the corporate media to task for failing to report this ongoing and energetic conspiracy to steal the election, cloaking everything in an “objectivity” that equates factual claims and false claims, but meanwhile, listen to Janine Jackson reading it.
Yes, the president does many of these things openly and notoriously, and as his lawyers have claimed (and Bill Barr ensures), he cannot be independently investigated for anything he does while president, including shooting somebody on Fifth Avenue, or for anything he did before he was president- – as long as he remains in office. Robert Mueller pointed out that a crime done in public is no different than one done secretly — that you made no effort to hide your lawlessness is no defense at trial. Though Mr. Trump and his people have also made every attempt to hide much of their doings– (see belated released CIA report below — or Volume Two of the Mueller Report documenting many of these nefarious schemes.)
Leaves you wondering how much openly corrupt abuse of power is enough for the corporate media to report that the president is (not theoretically, but actually) corruptly using his power to try to ensure his re-election (his best bet for avoiding accountability for his numerous alleged criminal acts) by stealing the election in every imaginable way.
Joshua Cho writes:
When the president of the United States has:
- explicitly declared his intentions to withhold federal election funding from states that are trying to make it easier to vote during a pandemic;
- appointed a major donor to his campaign with conflicts of interest to sabotage the US Postal Service—while stating that he opposes additional funding for the post office in order to prevent the opposition party from having universal mail-in voting;
- claimed that the defeat of lawsuits aimed at disenfranchising voters is the “biggest risk” to his reelection bid;
- deputized 50,000 “poll watchers” to intimidate people from voting across the country;
- advised his supporters to commit the felony of double voting;
- proposed postponing the 2020 elections;
- preemptively cast election results into doubt by suggesting the results may not be legitimate; and
- repeatedly refused to state whether he would concede the election in the event of a loss;
…then the evidence threshold has been more than satisfied for journalists to declare that he is trying to steal the 2020 election. Journalists and newsrooms have an obligation to report that the most powerful person in the country is trying to subvert the election and retain power illegitimately, and a failure to blow the whistle on a clear threat to democracy is journalistic malpractice.
Not included on Cho’s list is the Trump-directed Republican party’s refusal to hold so much as a hearing on any legislation to address the sweeping and systematic (and ongoing) Russian election interference found by Mueller, the Inspector General of the DOJ and the Republican-led Senate Committee that investigated Russian interference in our presidential elections. This year’s top divisive Russian talking point is that mail-in voting will unleash a tsunami of fraud, although actual incidence of such fraud is 4/100,000ths of one percent–
62 votes out of 138,846,571 cast in 2016, according to the Conservative Heritage Foundation.
But don’t take the word of some opinionated schmuck with a little-read blagh, the CIA recently weighed in on this issue:
“We assess that President Vladimir Putin and the senior most Russian officials are aware of and probably directing Russia’s influence operations aimed at denigrating the former U.S. Vice President, supporting the U.S. president and fueling public discord ahead of the U.S. election in November.”
Thus reads the first line of a top-secret CIA assessment, published on August 31 but reported today. The report details how Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach, who, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. Treasury Department is a Russian agent, is disseminating false stories about Democratic nominee Joe Biden through congress members, lobbyists, the media, and people close to the president. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been openly working with Derkach for several months.
The news stories that Trump denigrates as “Russia, Russia, Russia,” have been dropping steadily of late.source
And look, to be fair, it’s not as though the Republican-led Senate report found that Trump’s campaign manager was repeatedly meeting with a GRU agent named Konstantin Kilimnik and passing on detailed polling and demographic research that could have had anything to do with the surgical 78,000 Trump votes across three states that decided the Electoral College.
I can hear the full-throated, righteous response from those who swallow the MAGA pill daily:
Paul Manafort was a VOLUNTEER, not paid a penny by Trump or his campaign to run the campaign — so how is it Trump’s fault if Manafort was meeting with (and communicating using a variety of encrypted devices) a Russian spy during a time when the Russian government was actively trying to get Trump elected, hacking the DNC and snooping in the voting machines of all fifty states? PURE CONJECTURE!!!! Besides, Manafort was never convicted for that, or even tried for his supposed crime! Free Roger Stone, Free Michael Flynn, Free BIRD! FREE BIRD!!! Fill her seat, fill her seat, lock her up, lock her up!!! USA! USA!!!!