Mon Mar 20, 2017, 01:46 PM
TerroristSlayer (389 posts)
NYTs Tinfoil Hat Conspiracy Theory - Robert Parry/Consortium News
Exclusive: There is a “tinfoil-hat” quality to The New York Times’ pushing its “Donald Trump Is Russia’s Manchurian Candidate” conspiracy theory as the newspaper sinks deeper into a New McCarthyism, reports Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
There are real reasons to worry about President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, including his casual belligerence toward Iran and North Korea and his failure to rethink U.S. alliances with Saudi Arabia and Israel, but The New York Times obsesses on Trump’s willingness to work with Russia. The New York Times’ connect-the-dots graphic showing the Kremlin sitting atop the White House. On Saturday, the Times devoted most of its op-ed page to the Times’ favorite conspiracy theory, that Trump is Vladimir Putin’s “Manchurian candidate” though evidence continues to be lacking.
The op-ed package combined a “What to Ask About Russian Hacking” article by Louise Mensch, a former Conservative member of the British Parliament who now works for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, and a connect-the-dots graphic that when filled out shows the Kremlin sitting atop the White House. But the featured article actually revealed how flimsy and wacky the Times’ conspiracy theory is. Usually, an investigation doesn’t begin until there is specific evidence of a crime. For instance, the investigative articles that I have written over the years have always had information from insiders about how the misconduct had occurred before a single word was published.
In the early 1990s, for the investigation that I conducted for PBS “Frontline” into the so-called “October Surprise” case – whether Ronald Reagan’s campaign colluded with Iranians and others to sabotage President Jimmy Carter’s negotiations to free 52 American hostages in 1980 – we had some two dozen people providing information about those contacts from multiple perspectives – including from the U.S., Iran, Israel and Europe – before we aired the allegations. We didn’t base our documentary on the suspicious circumstance that the Iranians held back the hostages until after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President on Jan. 20, 1981, or on the point that Iran and the Republicans had motives to sandbag Carter. We didn’t casually throw out the names of a bunch of people who might have committed treason.
When we broadcast the documentary in April 1991, there was a strong evidentiary case of the Reagan’s campaign guilt – and even then we were highly circumspect in how we presented the story. Ultimately, the 1980 “October Surprise” case came down to whether you believed the Republican denials or the two dozen or so witnesses who described how this operation was carried out with the help of the Israeli government, French intelligence, and former and current CIA officers – along with former CIA Director George H.W. Bush and future CIA Director William Casey.
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NYTs Tinfoil Hat Conspiracy Theory - Robert Parry/Consortium News (Original post)
Response to TerroristSlayer (Original post)
Mon Mar 20, 2017, 02:25 PM
Badsamm (7,862 posts)
1. If Trump is a Russian plant, what's the plan?
Is Putin going to invade, buy more uranium, fight terrorists in Syria, promote vodka sales, take our potatoes, start a union for workers, cheaper Russian brides?
What's the big plan? They must have a motive, so what is it?
Response to TerroristSlayer (Reply #2)
Tue Mar 21, 2017, 10:48 AM
Badsamm (7,862 posts)
3. They have no answer because they only need 10 second sound bites
And since no MSM whore will ask the simple obvious questions, they have never been forced to make up an answer.
Response to Badsamm (Reply #3)
Tue Mar 21, 2017, 11:56 AM
TerroristSlayer (389 posts)
4. Thus the reason, the media needs to be disempowered by the citizenry......
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and a new method of citizen journalism must arise to replace these lying dinosaurs that only serve the elite.
Post I want to share from a like minded soul on another forum:
"As citizens of the USA, we are told that a large trove of private emails being made public was a political manipulation that tainted the validity of the result of the election. We were also told in advance of the general election by both campaigns that the election would be rigged.
Since the election, we have seen wave after wave of speculation widely published about how Trump would be blocked at the Electoral College, that he would be removed under the 25th Amendment, that he would be impeached and convicted for multiple high crimes and misdemeanors. None of it has happened yet, but there are countless breathless accounts of his impending defenestration.
The most prominent voices of authority assure us that there is a thing called “Fake News” which is calculated to make citizens vote for foreign interests over our own. You will note that in all this, “information” is a weapon and “truth” is asserted to be a function of “credibility” which, in turn, is a function of status. The baffled citizenry tells pollsters they no longer believe hardly anybody — for very good reason.
What it all adds up to me is a dysfunctional political culture without any legitimacy in any quarter — a Banana Republic."