Accuracy in Media

Josh Gerstein’s Politico story about the owners of a Russian bank suing BuzzFeed for publishing the “Trump Dossier” containing “unproven claims” doesn’t go far enough. These “unproven” and even disproven claims that have guided the FBI’s dead-end investigation of President Donald Trump, are one reason that former Director James Comey deserved to be fired.

The real Russian disinformation has been the notorious “Trump Dossier,” which has been serving as the “roadmap” for the FBI.

Weeks after Accuracy in Media exposed the nature of this phony document in a three-part series, “The Final Truth About the Trump Dossier,” Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., has stumbled upon the truth, saying the dossier smells like a Russian plant. Our verdict was that the dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele was part of a Russian effort, financed by Hillary Clinton donors, to smear Trump. That’s what the evidence shows.

In his column, “The Trump-Russia Story Starts Making Sense,” Jenkins writes that it is likely that Steele “was the semi-witting vehicle for Russian rumors designed expressly to undermine Mr. Trump…”

Thank you, Mr. Jenkins, for confirming what we have been saying all along.

In addition to the latest lawsuit over the dossier, Politico’s Gerstein reported that BuzzFeed was sued in February by Russian Internet entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev over claims in the dossier that he and his firms used “botnets and porn traffic” to conduct cyber operations against Democratic Party leaders. “At about the time the suit was filed, BuzzFeed apologized and redacted the information about Gubarev and his companies from the document [the dossier] on BuzzFeed’s site,” Gerstein said.

So some of the “unproven claims” have been disproved and retracted.

Remember that Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) had asked Comey about the FBI’s relationship with Steele and the dossier:

Grassley: On March 6, I wrote to you asking about the FBI’s relationship with the author of the Trump-Russia dossier, Christopher Steele. Most of these questions have not been answered, so I’m going to ask them now. Prior to the Bureau launching the investigation of alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, did anyone from the FBI have interactions with Mr. Steele regarding the issue?

Comey: That’s not a question that I can answer in this forum. As you know, I—I briefed you privately on this and if there’s more that’s necessary then I’d be happy to do it privately.

Grassley: Have you ever represented to a judge that the FBI had interaction with Mr. Steele, whether by name or not, regarding alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia prior to the Bureau launching its investigation of the matter?

Comey: I have to give you the same answer, Mr. Chairman.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked Comey about Fusion GPS, which was financed by Hillary donors and acted as an alleged foreign agent for the Russians in Washington, D.C. Fusion is reported to have financed the dossier. Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist pointed to this exchange:

Graham: Are you familiar with Fusion?

Comey: I know the name.

Graham: Are they part of the Russian intelligence apparatus?

Comey: I can’t say.

Graham: Do you agree with me that if Fusion was involved in preparing a dossier against Donald Trump, that would be interfering in our election by the Russians?

Comey: I don’t want to say.

The liberal media will not admit, as the Journal’s Jenkins now does, that the dossier was a piece of Russian disinformation. But The Washington Post and other liberal media are now admitting that Comey used a “dubious” piece of Russian intelligence to conduct part of the investigation into Hillary’s emails.

The Post reports that a secret document that played a key role in Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation “has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake…” CNN now says Comey “knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email was fake…[but] did not let on to lawmakers that there were doubts about the veracity of the intelligence…”

The media can’t bring themselves to admit that the “Trump Dossier” was also “dubious” or fake. No wonder that the May 2017 Harvard-Harris Poll found that that 65 percent of voters believe that the mainstream media contain “a lot of fake news.”

There are so many fake pieces of information that it’s hard for the public to keep up with them. And they keep coming!

Consider The Washington Post claim that Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak “discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin…”

Even if the story is true, there is nothing inherently wrong with such a channel.

But at the end of a long Politico story about this alleged back channel, we are told that “this latest controversy could be part of a more advanced Russian plot, especially because the Washington Post report cited intelligence reports in which Kislyak talked with his superiors about Kushner’s alleged proposal.”

A former State Department official said, “Typically, the Russian clandestine subversion specialists, being the best in the world in this demonical art form, operate in double, triple and sometimes multiple tactical plot lines.” The report that the U.S. has “intercepted a message from Kislyak to the Kremlin saying that Kushner had proposed a backchannel connection during the transition period” has to be understood in the context that “Kislyak knows perfectly well that all his communications are being intercepted by the U.S.”

Finally, we are hearing from an anonymous source who understands Soviet/Russian active measures operations.

Kislyak would know that the information would be leaked for the purposes of confusing people about the Russian role. The Post and other media lap it up, making them active participants and dupes in Russia-gate.

Even worse than manipulation of the liberal press is what has happened to the FBI.

The headline over an Opinion Journal video interview with Holman Jenkins captured the nature of the Russian operation: “How Moscow Manipulated the FBI.” That’s indeed what has happened. And you can add the CIA and the NSA to the mix.

But is it worse than that? What we now have to investigate is whether some of the leakers are in fact Russian moles in the FBI circulating this material to the press.

What we can now say with certainty is that the operation looks like a successful effort by the Russians to tie the U.S. government in knots and drain important resources away from the battle we urgently need to wage against terrorism.

However, we are now depending on a special counsel to get to the bottom of this corruption in the agency he once ran. How likely is it that Robert Mueller will blow the whistle on FBI corruption when he presided over corruption in the anthrax letters probe and got sued by an FBI agent for his mishandling of the inquiry?

It means that the Russia-gate disinformation operation will continue for months, if not years, and that an FBI director who blew one major investigation is now being entrusted to successfully conclude another.

As President Trump would say, what a waste.

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  • Rev Pete

    Great article based, unlike much of the ‘Russian’ issue, in sound reasoning as opposed to the fantasies making the rounds in most of the MSM with it’s simplistic take on Russian espionage.

  • BooBooBaby

    Looney Lying Lefty Filthy Racist Race Baiting Whiny Loser Nutjob DemonRat Libt4rds: “The Russians are coming, The Russians are coming!” “Russia-Russia-Russia”!!
    Hahaha! They are whacked!

  • “Day 216, #HRCRatLines” investigative series by George Webb on YouTube….

    If DNC can’t frame Russian hack, then the Seth Rich leak is true….

  • J. Glenn

    “The Real Russia-Gate Scandal,” indeed. You’re right, and the media is wrong, er, Left. They are hiding the truth. A lot of this reminds me of reading Blacklisted by History by M. Stanton Evans (Crown Forum). The book, which is about Sen. Joe McCarthy and how he was uncovering massive Soviet collusion and treason stateside (previously sealed from the public record), reads like a political espionage novel and will interest fans of the genre regardless of political ideology. Unfortunately, most information in Evans’ book will never find its way in to our nation’s schools and textbooks, mainly because the Soviets won the Cold War working through the Democratic party for the most part.

  • jug

    Call them what they really are, Commiecrats!
    The democrat party died some years ago!
    The only “democrats” to be found today are over 80 years old and suffering profound dementia!

    To differentiate between these “home grown” Communists and International Communists, I call them “Commiecrats”!
    The American Democrat party completely died when it hi-jacked the CPUSA political platform!
    Even the originial CPUSA, yes, the one that Obama’s REAL father belonged to, way back, during and after WW2, (was on the FBI’s list), back then, recommends that their own members just “VOTE DEMOCRAT”!
    They dont even field candidiates of their own anymore, that is how “married” they are!

    The above should tell you all you need to know to figure out what to do next!

  • PJD1992

    Russia-gate is completely manufactured nonsense – but manufactured by Hillary, Mook and Podesta. Hacks in the FBI, NSA and State Department illegally leak anything and everything that is prejudicial against the administration and the press is fine printing anything that conforms to their ultra left wing politics regardless of the lack of any source verification.

  • Webuppp

    All that are involved have committed treason. Saul alinski tactics in play here. The idea is to accuse the patriot of the actions being committed by the progressives. In this case, oasshole the biracial marxists knew what was going on with russia when he told them to ”quit it”, this was before he pats the russians knee telling him he’d be able to help once hes reelected. That is collusion. It was only after hildabitch lost, the strategy became trump colluded. Wasnt the russains our enemies when hiladbitch had her red button? During the same trip, and on the same dime, bill gives his 750 thousand dollars speach, and the sale of 20% of our unrainium. In other words, the russian nucular program was in dire straits, only 4 places in the world can you extract uranium and russia depleted their rescouces, in other words again hildabitch helped the russians with their nucular program while helping us deplete ours, and she did it for profit. Is that not espionage?, treason? Our champion is just that. Lastly, the secretary of state, is the only one by law that must sign off on any military exchange, hildabitch signed the paper work to move the uranium; this was the purpose of the russain reset, had nothing to do with better relations with Russia, had every thing to do with undermining america for personal profit

  • TED

    If true, seems like the Russians, the media, and the Democrats have it all over the Republicans in this particular battle. Trump and the GOPs have already been trumped here! Heh, heh, heh!

  • Douglas Hamner

    1. Russians are either leaked or hacked the DNC to undermine Hillary campaign.
    2. Russians meet with members of Trump campaign for relatively innocuous reasons in broad daylight in front of many witnesses
    3. They leak a memo to the Brits that is obviously fake.
    4. They mascarde as “sources” within Trump administration to paint fake collusion ties.

    Conclusion….the Russians doing what they always do…sew distrust in the government’s ability to function to disable opposing forces. It is classic KGB. The media might be unwittingly collaborating with this fiasco.

  • grnjllybn

    Do any Democrats have an ounce of integrity anymore???

  • jug

    Any real democrats left, and I do know a few that are so old, and suffering from dementia, that they dont even have a clue on just who is now running their party! And who they are riding along with. Such wont change before they go to their grave either.

    The younger ones just went along with the party “leaders” quite some time back, when they hi-jacked the political platform of the CPUSA! The old democrat party ceased to exist at that time, and all followers became “Commiecrats”!

    So, for the last 8 years, we have had a Communist, (all his life), and muslim president!
    And ONLY the special inteligence of the founders and their invention of the ELECTORORAL COLLEGE, saved our ass from another Communist president fo at least another 4 years! She too, has been a Communist ever since her college days and her interactions with the Communist roadmap maker who wrote Rules for Radicals!
    We have completed about 3/4 of the journey down that road map today, and HRC would have pushed us well over the goal line!

    Also, keep in mind that our present congress contains somewhere over 80 communists today!

    We dodged a real bullet, back in November!

  • mioahu

    Dream on LYING TED, nothing will come out of this, and if it will if will just expose the leftist stupidity

  • Tbear

    The real Russia-Gate scandal is the:

    Hillary’s Russia scandal – Inside the Obama-Clinton uranium deal

    Tens of millions of dollars from uranium investors flowed into the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian bank tied to the Kremlin before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped decide whether to approve the sale to the Russian government of a company that held one-fifth of America’s uranium capacity.

  • Drifter12

    The reason that they won’t say it was a Russian creation is because it wasn’t . It was a fabrication, bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. They should have known that they were on the thin edge of exposure but decided to brazen it out . It didn’t work… No Russians–only dummies…