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These last two DOJ indictments -- first of Hillary's lawyer, then of Christopher Steele's main source -- show that the Clinton campaign funded and fed to the FBI a gigantic batch of lies in the 2016 election, which the vast bulk of the media spent 3 years ratifying and spreading:
The employees of these media corporations know, deep down, what they did. They did the worst thing you can possibly do while calling yourself a "journalist": they drowned US politics for years in a fake conspiracy theory funded and concocted by criminals for partisan gain.
But we have heard so little about these indictments from these media figures. Why? Because they know that as long as they stay united in silence, the only people who will point out what they did are those they have frozen out of their circle and trained their audience not to hear
The NYT, the WPost, CNN, NBC and the digital liberal outlets are all vastly more guilty of what they have spent years claiming Trump and the GOP are: they basically ran a dangerous disinformation campaign, full of lies, in conjunction with CIA/FBI, and now won't own up to it.
From the start, Russiagate -- which drowned US politics and dangerously ratcheted up tensions with a major nuclear-armed power -- was concocted from whole cloth by serial liars paid for by the Clinton campaign and spread by their media servants: David Corn, Isikoff, Frank Foer.
They all made gigantic profit from this set of lies: all of them. Their ratings skyrocketed by scaring liberals about Kremlin control of the US. They wrote best-selling books and gave themselves Pulitzers based on this massive fraud. FBI lied to the FISA court. CIA fueled it all.
In 2019, @mtaibbi called Russiagate "this generation's WMDs."That was before these indictments. But from a media credibility perspective, this is worse. With WMD, they engaged in self-critique. With this, they never will: the media model doesn't allow it.…
Instead of owning up to what they did, look at what they're doing instead. Adam Schiff just wrote a book claiming Robert Muller is SENILE (to explain why he didn't find the fake conspiracy). They ignore these indictments and what they mean except for meek admissions like this: Image
The indictments "cast new uncertainty on some past reporting on the dossier by news organizations, including The Washington Post?" LOL The dossier wasn't just paid for by the Clinton campaign - which they lied about for a year - but the info in it came from a Clinton operative.
What Rachel Maddow in particular did makes her one of the most disgraceful and unhinged media figures ever to work for a major media corporation. Her derangement and lies were off the charts. Yet the liberal networks are bidding for her: because DNC disinformation is their model!
Anyway, for all of those who lied to the public for years -- the NYT and WPost reporters, the rich and insulated CNN and NBC hosts, the countless charlatans and politicians like Adam Schiff & John Brennan who wrote bestselling books -- none of this will matter. Lies are rewarded.
Polarization of media means virtually every major media corporation -- CNN, NBC, NYT, WPost, NPR -- have an exclusively Dem audience. These Dems don't want to hear that they were lied to and, even if they knew, they'd be fine with it: for the right cause. So zero consequences.
But if you are someone who hates these media outlets and the liars who work for them to your core, know that your hatred is valid, justified and righteous. They are a toxic force in US political life. They don't lie, smear and propagandize on occasion: it's their core function.
Do you see what CNN's model is from this? It has nothing to do with journalism: zero. Journalism is the marketing disguise for the actual business they're in. How else to explain this?

A glimpse into how they perceive themselves: Image
As I've noted before, most corporate journalists adamantly refuse even to recognize let alone atone for all the evidence that has emerged showing how much of what they said is false. @Isikoff was one of the earliest but has admitted much of it was false:

Here was @Isikoff on MSNBC in 2019 telling @chrislhayes and @DavidCornDC what they very obviously did not want to hear: much of the media, including MSNBC, spread falsehoods for years. Almost nobody else did this:

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Many of Israel's "Palestinian prisoners" are people never convicted in court. They're imprisoned as part of Israel's military tribunals with a near-100% conviction rate, or just administratively detained.

And: they live in the West Bank, which Israel *illegally occupies*:
I've seen some objecting to the release of some "prisoners"because they attacked *not civilians,* but Israeli soldiers or police.

Is it prohibited - morally or legally - for people to attack foreign *soldiers or police* who are part of an illegal occupying force on their land?
In 1984, a studio film called "Red Dawn," starring Patrick Swayze, depicted heroic Americans doing everything possible to defend the US by trying to kill as many occupying Russian soldiers as possible: exactly what Ukraine was venerated for doing.

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Nov 19
For months, many conservatives were demanding release of the manifesto of the Nashville shooter (we hired counsel to force this as well).

I don't believe they wanted to read it because they supported her grievances, but rather to understand what radicalized her to violence.
There are an endless number of things we consider bad, but also study to understand its causes: crime, terrorism, dictators, wars, extremism, diseases, serial killers.

That only Al Qaeda or 9/11 supporters want to read the Bin Laden letter is anti-intellectual idiocy.
There's no way to understand World War II or the rise of Nazism without understanding German grievances over the Treaty of Versailles imposed on Germany after WW1.

That those studying bin Laden's grievances are pro-Al-Qaeda is as dumb as claiming only Nazis would study this.
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Nov 17
Tonight on @SystemUpdate_, live at 7pm:

In an extreme act of Big Tech censorship, TikTok bans all discussion of the 2002 bin Laden letter.

Plus: our difficulty in booking pro-Israel guests. And: updates on our homeless-run animal shelter, @abrigo_hope:…
We'll also cover X's newly announced policy, unveiled just now by Elon Musk, that several phrases frequently used by some pro-Palestinian activists and journalists regarding Israel will be strictly banned.

It comes as Musk was widely accused of endorsing an anti-Semitic tweet. Image
The @ADL congratulates Musk on the new policy banning various phrases used about Israel:

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Nov 17
It's amazing how this attack on Israel caused many Americans with an intense affinity for it to instantly revert back to the most childish and repressive post-9/11 behaviors.

The Guardian removed the bin Laden letter because people were realizing the same things Ron Paul said:
Ron Paul took this message into the deepest red districts in Iowa and South Carolina:

Neocons are using your money to fight foreign wars not in your interests. These wars *increase* the risk of anti-American terror attacks, etc.

And he came in second in 2008 and 2012. Image
Ron Paul's point: don't listen to the lies from the US Govt and US media about why there's anti-American hatred leading to 9/11: "They hate us for our freedoms."

Listen to them, he said, about why they hate us.

The @guardian removed that latter so people couldn't hear it.
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Nov 16
Remember when the US Govt and media got caught lying about Saddam's WMDs, so they tried falsely claiming he hid them in Syria to save face?

Israel is now saying it didn't find "much" evidence of Hamas in Al-Shifa hospital because Hamas took it all away.…
Here's the NYT detailing the huge gap between Israel's claims about the hospital and what the evidence shows.👇

Please stop absurdly claiming the NYT is anti-Israel. They have editorialized in favor of Israel for decades, and almost all its op-ed columnists are 100% pro-Israel. Image
Journalists covering or commenting on a war have only one job: sort truth from lies.

It's not to cheer one side. It's not to promote or conceal news based on who it helps.

All governments lie. They especially lie in wars. Journalism is about identifying official lies.
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Nov 16
❗️❗️Ever since Oct. 7, we've been urging people to recall the lessons of 9/11: not just US's huge "errors" responding but why it happened.

Bin Laden's letter blaming US violence in their region - including US support for Israel - went viral on TikTok, so @guardian deleted it.
The last 7 years in the West -- since Brexit and Trump -- has been the story of Western elites controlling political speech online to shield their propaganda from dissent.

If newspapers are deleting their own history because it's being read, you know something is deeply wrong. Image
Bin Laden's 2002 to the US expressed 3 main grievances: 1) US sanctions regime on Iraq that killed 100,000s of Iraqi children; 2) US support for Israeli violence; 3) US troops on sacred Saudi land.

Many doubted that he cared about Palestinians, but that's what he cited.
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