This is what happens when a bestselling book comprehensively documenting how what's happening is a Russian disinformation campaign using 5,000 major-media sources comes *this* close to getting reviewed by the NEW YORK TIMES but is finally ignored—we pay the price on the back end.
(PS) If Turley cared to read the proof that this is a Russian plot —detailed in Proof of Corruption via 5,000 major-media sources—he'd have his answer. The NYT would. All America would. But no—no—let"s pretend the book doesn't exist. Let's run around covering tweets in real time.
(PS2) There are *hundreds* of journalists who could be reviewing or unpacking Proof of Corruption right now—and *thousands* of social media accounts with many followers that know what's in the book and can recommend it. Instead we're watching a Kremlin plot unfold in slow motion.
(PS3) The key period in the two-year Trump-Kremlin plot against Biden and America was March 15 to April 25, 2019, when pro-Kremlin forces in Ukraine were seeking a pre-election Trump endorsement for Petro Poroshenko.

When did the "Hunter laptop" magically appear? Mid-April 2019.
(PS4) I'm sorry to be so angry about this. But I spent *months* curating major-media sources to establish that Trump and the Kremlin would run a disinformation campaign this October—and now that it's happening, our media is wrong-footed because it chose to ignore a critical text.
(PS5) As I've said, if Proof of Corruption were a memoir on back acne or peanut allergies or whatever I'd have no right to be angry at it being ignored. But it answers the very questions media says it *desperately* needs answers to and it's *still* ignored. *That* makes me angry.
(PS6) The NYT *saw* that this book would be the only one to address a burgeoning Trump-Kremlin plot—and wouldn't review it. But when the plot began, who was the first person spreading uncritically the allegations Trump/his co-conspirators were making? Maggie Haberman of the NYT.
(PS7) So I'm sorry, I'm pissed for the book and for our country and I won't pretend otherwise. Trump survives and thrives and sometimes even wins *precisely* because our systems know how to review books by Pulitzer Prize winners and celebrities and that's about it. It's pathetic.
(PS8) I get that my anger seems incomprehensible and self-indulgent to those who haven't read the books. But it's not a coincidence that the one group of people who understand why I'm so angry are those who actually know what's in the books—and the methodology used to write them.

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Nope—jury not out. Bestselling book on the shelves proving it's a foreign intel operation. Called "Proof of Corruption." 5,000 citations. NBC should read it.…
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