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Corporate Media Campaign to Discredit Nunes Memo is Helping Trump

I usually avoid writing on topics involving yet another corporate media manufactured lie or purported outrage, because those bullshit fantasies usually have no worthwhile impact on reality- rather like the proverbial storm in a teacup. The corporate media campaign, first to hinder publication of the Nunes memo and then attempt to discredit it is, however, a bit different for reasons we shall soon discuss. But before we go any further, I will clarify my positions on the background of some of the characters involved in this darkly comic saga.

Firstly, Devin Nunes is a mediocre republican congressman representing a congressional district in rural California– with a passing resemblance to an obese version of the Michael Scott character from the american version of ‘The Office‘. Before his current rise to fame (or infamy), he was just another republican politician who never found a corporate dick which was too disgusting to suck- provided he was compensated for his services. In other words, he is your generic republican politician who was elected because the democratic party candidate was either absent or even more disgusting.

Secondly, my views on Trump are very well-known and my past predictions about him have turned out to be very accurate. As some of you might remember, I predicted that he would win the republican nomination in August 2015. I then predicted that HRC would lose to Trump in the 2016 general election, regardless of what all those credentialed “experts” were saying. My very early predictions about the likely disastrous trajectory of a Trump presidency have held up quite well. I have also written about the probability of Trump completing his first term in Office. To make a long story short, it is highly unlikely that the ongoing Mueller investigation will end his presidency.

Now, let us turn our attention to the Nunes memo aka what most people in USA had already guessed about the Mueller investigation. As some of my more regular readers might remember, I have written numerous posts about how promotion of the “Russiagate” scandal was always a sign of intellectual bankruptcy among establishment democrats. I also wrote about the main reasons why establishment democrats have a desperate need to keep on believing in that made-up story and how they and their supporters in the corporate media have kept up a non-stop campaign which aims to convince people that Trump is a “puppet of Putin” who was elected only because of “russian interference in our sacred elections”.

To be clear, once again- I am not implying that Trump is a competent president. In fact, his first year in office has proven to be train-wreck of epic proportions for everybody but the rich and corporate donors to the republican party (and their minions in the legislature and judiciary). Establishment democrats have, however, largely ignored his abysmal record on a range of issues from providing massive tax breaks for the rich, multiple attempts to destroy important regulatory agencies, destroying healthcare programs and much more. Instead they seem to be unduly focused on non-issues such as his moral character, personal life, alleged collusion with Putin and now ‘obstruction of justice’.

But what does any of this have to do with the corporate media’s reaction to the release of the Nunes memo? As it turn out, a fucking lot! The memo for all its issues, explicitly says that the FBI investigation into the Trump presidential campaign in 2016 was initiated based on sketchy and politically biased sources. In other words, it suggest that the investigation into “Russiagate” and Trump-Russia and Trump-Putin connections is a witch-hunt conducted by people in FBI (and deep-state) who want Trump to resign or be impeached. As many of you might realize, this is precisely what a majority of american who are not partisan democrats have come to believe over the last year.

The corporate media, in its enthusiasm to support establishment democrats, is making things far worse than things might have been. Let me explain.. to begin with, they kept on shouting from the rooftops that releasing the memo was somehow going to cause massive damage to ‘national security’ which seems rather farcical once you actually read that four page document. Now that it has been released, they are assaulting everyone with talking points from the same set of “credentialed experts” who confidently say that the same memo is either meaningless or shoddy.

Which begs the question- how did a memo whose release was going to start the end of days before it was released quickly turn out to be a worthless and shoddy piece of work? Clearly, something is not right with the corporate media- and most people have caught on that problem over the last few years. Some of you might remember how the same media outlets and talking heads tried to tell everyone that Trump’s morals and personal life made him unfit to elected president during the 2016 election campaign.

Remember how over 80% of HRC’s attacks advertisements in 2016 were about Trump’s character and language and how it would affect children watching TV? I wonder how that worked, given that she outspent him by more than 2-to-1. Or what about all those polls prophesying a landslide HRC victory which filled corporate media in 2016. My point is that a majority of people now do not believe what they read, hear or see on corporate media. In fact, they are far more likely to believe the opposite of whatever the corporate media is trying to make them believe- not unlike how people in soviet-era Russia saw the domestic reporting of Pravda and Izvestia.

To summarize, the corporate media’s very visibly coordinated campaign to first try suppressing the release of the Nunes memo and then try to ‘debunk’ it has given that memo far more credibility than otherwise possible. The whole ganging up on Trump , releasing identical ‘debunking’ points about that memo and constant coverage of “credentialed experts”makes Trump look like the victim of an elitist deep-state that is working tirelessly to immiserate average people. To put it another way, the corporate media and their backers have, once gain, achieved the near impossible- make Trump look like the real victim while simultaneously increasing public support for him if he ends up firing more people from the FBI and DOJ. Quite impressive and darkly comic, if you ask me.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. MikeCA
    February 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I read the memo myself. I don’t see anything there.

    What I do see is a well organized roll out campaign for the memo. Weeks of Republicans telling anyone that would listen how big this memo is. How it is going to change everything. How it will reveal deep corruption in the FBI and DOJ. Thousands of twitterbots begging for it to be released.

    Now that memo is out, Republicans and those in the FOX news disinformation bubble say the memo blows up the Mueller investigation. It’s not important what the memo actually says. The memo could have been 4 blank pages. They are telling people that the memo means what they predicted it would mean.

    I say the emperor has no clothes and he just released 4 blank pages of paper. You can describe them as anything you want. You are just a small widget in the great memo hype machine.


    Hope you were paid enough to write and post this comment.

  2. MikeCA
    February 4, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    You have had some posts with astute observations, but this is not one of them.

    “The corporate media, in its enthusiasm to support establishment democrats, is making things far worse than things might have been. Let me explain.. to begin with, they kept on shouting from the rooftops that releasing the memo was somehow going to cause massive damage to ‘national security’ which seems rather farcical once you actually read that four page document.”

    It was the Trump appointed director of the FBI and the Trump Department of Justice that was saying releasing this memo without their review would damage national security. The MSM were just reporting what these Trump administration officials said.

    Is that why CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WP and others have (over the last week) been pushing an almost endless stream of articles about how declassifying that memo was going to endanger national security?

    “Which begs the question- how did a memo whose release was going to start the end of days before it was released quickly turn out to be a worthless and shoddy piece of work? Clearly, something is not right with the corporate media- and most people have caught on that problem over the last few years.”

    Are you paying attention to what is going one at all? It was Republicans in Congress and talking heads on FOX that were predicting this memo was going to herald the end times. Now that memo has been released and people other than the Trump true believers have been able to read it, it is so weak it almost amounts to nothing. It is intellectual malpractice to suggest that the fact that memo is a dud is the MSM fault.

    I have not been able to flip through channels like CNN and MSNBC on my TV for the last week without establishment democratic talking heads endlessly screeching about how releasing the memo was terrible for national security and how it undermined faith of american in allegedly ‘noble’ institutions such as the FBI.

    If your prophets predictions of the second coming fail to materialize, maybe you should take another look at which prophets you worship.

    This whole post is so deficient compare to most of your comments that I serious wonder if someone has hacked this blog.

    I was pointing out that the stupidity and reaction of the corporate media to the memo is helping Trump. Also, my predictions about Trump have been unusually accurate. Long story short, it is almost certain that he will survive “Russia-gate”. If the democratic party does not go full bore populist, they may not even win back the house in 2018.

    • MikeCA
      February 4, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      “Is that why CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WP and others have (over the last week) been pushing an almost endless stream of articles about how declassifying that memo was going to endanger national security?”

      Congress was refusing to allow the FBI or DOJ to review the memo when they were putting out statements saying this endanger national security.

      “I have not been able to flip through channels like CNN and MSNBC on my TV for the last week without establishment democratic talking heads endlessly screeching about how releasing the memo was terrible for national security and how it undermined faith of american in allegedly ‘noble’ institutions such as the FBI.”

      The core issue here is when sources give secret information to the FBI they sometimes expect the FBI to protect the source of that information. If the FBI can be forced to turn that information over to Congress, as they were in this case, and Congress can then vote to declassify it for partisan political purposes without even any review from the FBI, this raise serious questions who will trust the FBI with the most sensitive information. The process by which this information was declassified for political purposes undermines national security.

      “I was pointing out that the stupidity and reaction of the corporate media to the memo is helping Trump. Also, my predictions about Trump have been unusually accurate. Long story short, it is almost certain that he will survive “Russia-gate”. If the democratic party does not go full bore populist, they may not even win back the house in 2018.”

      I don’t make predictions, but Republicans and Trump have played the MSM for suckers as they have been doing for years. They exploit the fact that MSM wants to look “balanced”. When Republicans start making all kinds of wild predictions about a memo no one has seen, they just report what Republicans and Democrats are saying.

      The fact that Devin Nunes is a political shill is never reported by the MSM. Devin Nunes went to the white out in the middle of the night and was given some documents that he was told showed improper unmasking of Trump campaign officials. The next day Nunes went back to the White House to hold a press conference and present the White House with the same documents he was given by the White House. After investigation by the House and Senate Intelligence committees they found there was no evidence of improper unmasking, so the whole “scandal” was just a red herring.

      This memo was written by two of Nunes’s staff. When Nunes was asked if the White House helped them write the memo, he refused to answer. When the White House was asked if any staff there helped write the memo, they also refused to answer. To anyone with a brain this means that the White House did help write this memo. Nunes is again carry water for the White House, putting out a memo that is far from honest.

      The MSM will not come out and say Nunes is just a political shill and a memo that he has created and is promoting is just a political stunt.

      The game here is that Nunes and Congressional Republicans are expecting Mueller to produce an impeachment referral. This memo is preparing the political battle field so that Republicans in Congress can simply ignore the referral and pay as little a political cost for that as possible.

      To that end the contents of the memo are almost irrelevant. What Republicans and the FOX talking heads say about the memo is all that matters.

      The biggest problem for establishment democrats is that the memo simply spells out what many non-partisan people have been thinking all along.. namely, that this whole investigation is a product of the deep state. Also, the reaction of corporate media and establishment types is not making things any better.

      Ultimately, perceptions matter far more than any pretense of “facts” presented by “trusted experts”. If you think otherwise, do try to find an alternative explanation for HRC losing to a reality show clown in 2016.

      • MikeCA
        February 6, 2018 at 2:08 pm

        “Ultimately, perceptions matter far more than any pretense of “facts” presented by “trusted experts”.”

        This is exactly my point. Perceptions have been shaped by what Republicans and the masters of bullshit on FOX News like Sean Hannity.

        The memo itself is weak tea, and now it is obvious that the main point of the memo was a fabrication. None of that matters because no one bought into Trump is paying attention to what the memo says. They are buying the packaging, not the product.

        You seem to recognize that the Trump administration has been an epic train wreck, but you fail to realize that Trump got elected by using a mountain of bullshit that was expertly packaged and fed to his eager supporters, just as this memo was expertly packaged and passed out to his fans.

  3. February 5, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Is it possible that the corporate-media-political elite (regardless of individual ostensible party affiliation) are fucking with the minds of the (mindless) masses to manipulate public opinion and control behavior to their advantage? What more cunning method could they employ than to get a majority of people to believe what they want them to believe by scamming that majority into believing that it is thinking for itself?

    The media including and especially the entertainment “industry” , “music” (which is now far more controlled by corporate commercial interest than any real talent or a desire for it!!) is far less about news than marketeering. Every university has its liberal arts department in “communication”…..etc. ect. etc… I trust you know what I’m getting at.

    The “news” can steer public opinion by broadcasting direct “lies” for only so long. Once the “lies” are no longer believed as widely as necessary a revulsion of them must be orchestrated to maintain control. Lies are just as useful believed or not. The next logical strategy is to employee an antidote for the lies. Employee a “maverick” who goes against the grain of the establishment (superficially) so people will believe they are being avenged of the “liars”. Haven’t we seen this “maverick” or “renegade” persona before? This bullshit is nothing new. Hasn’t it been sold to the people of “murica” over and over and over for decades, generations, maybe centuries, while what’s really going on is business as usual?

    • Anon1
      February 5, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      Yeah, you see stuff like this:

      Since when do ordinary people fervently support three-letter agencies? It’s like we’re being manipulated, in real time.

    • February 10, 2018 at 7:48 am

      “….Hasn’t it been sold to the people of “murica” over and over and over for decades, generations, maybe centuries, while what’s really going on is business as usual?”

      Yep.

      As a 62-yr-old who’s observed the US since being a precocious ten-year-old in 1966 and living during the Vietnam intrusion, 60s civil rights movement, 60s social shiftings, and the Johnson and Nixon presidencies, I agree 100%. Consequently, I have my own corollary of the cliche’: “He who ignores history is doomed to repeat the fallacy that the world is getting worse”.

      “What more cunning method could they employ than to get a majority of people to believe what they want them to believe by scamming that majority into believing that it is thinking for itself?”

      Yep.

      While I don’t conclude that the corporate-implanted US two-party oligarchy is infallible, omipotent, omiscient, omniprescient, or indivisible (I’ve observed enough evidence that, human nature being what it is, they too have limitations, jealousies, rivalries, and plain stupidities), I do conclude they are capable of much public manipulation via their media control. Objective “thinking for ourselves” would require access to all information; therefore, US citizens can merely form at-best-questionable conclusions if based on the carefully controlled and crafted pieces the media provides.

      Which is why I reserve judgment on many political/governmental issues, as important as those issues often seem to be. I can’t form what I consider reasonable conclusions if my only sources of “information” are the media.

      But, then again, having a citizen suspend judgment is useful to the oligarchy too — the next best thing to a citizen thinking he’s making up his own mind is a citizen thinking he can’t make up his mind. And, the oligarchy is shrewd enough to have realized that too, LOL

  4. Christos
    February 6, 2018 at 2:08 am

    MikeCA= paid troll

    He posts at lionoftheblogosphere.wordpress.com every day attacking Trump. Sad.

    • MikeCA
      February 6, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Do you know someone that will pay me for commenting on blogs? Never realized I could get paid for stating my opinion.

      • February 6, 2018 at 3:38 pm

        Anyone who responds to you is paying you the emotional currency you are begging for.

  5. MikeCA
    February 6, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    The central claim of the memo is:

    “Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior and FBI officials.”

    We now know that this is false. Even Devin Nunes admits that the FISA applications included the information that the Steele dossier was funded by a political entity.

    I think the problem that the MSM has in dealing with this is they just don’t know how to deal with people who shameless lie and when they are confronted with their lies, just shrug it off and tell more lies.

    The other side of the issue is that many Trump supporters like Trump’s lies. They know they are lies, but they are happy Trump says it because they wish it was true.

    Trump: “Only I can make the sun to rise in the west and set in the east in order to protect America from Muslims in the Middle East.”

    Trump supporter: “Well, I know Trump can’t really reverse the direction the Earth rotates, but I like it that Trump says he would go to that extreme to protect America.”

    Is it any wonder that the working class and middle class are being decimated in this country when they vote for a New York real estate billionaire and flimflam man as a populist saviour.

  6. Lee
    February 6, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    I know this is old. But what your opinion,on Trump firing Steve Bannon?

  7. Yusef
    February 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with MikeCA.

    The overall similarity between his and your comments over time has not gone unnoticed.

    I thought AD’s success predicting Trump’s nomination, presidential victory, as well as the trajectory of Trump’s presidency was stunning, but I’m beginning to think it was the beginning of the end of his trenchant commentary and criticisms. It is almost as if he’s trying to rest on his laurels. We started with an intelligent, well-educated, well-informed guy who fearlessly used solid logic and critical thinking skill to unravel tangled lies, and have ended with a know-it-all who doesn’t seem to understand let alone respond to someone like MikeCA. That AD no longer responds intelligently can be seen with his remark MikeCA must have been paid to comment. (A charge reiterated by his boot-licking followers.) There isn’t even one instance where anyone actually took up a point MikeCA made and refuted it. He was attacked personally. That sucks. It is also the road to intellectual perdition. The minute anyone begins to think they are correct now simply because they’ve been correct in the past, they’ve stopped thinking.


    It is odd that you focus on that point since it is a well known fact that social media platforms and blogs have tons of commentators who are either paid or have very specific “belief systems”.

    • Yusef
      February 9, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Well known by whom? Not by me. If there are such positions, why can’t I find one. I’d be a professional troll if the price was right…I don’t believe you. Provide citation.

      • February 12, 2018 at 6:05 pm

        A cursory search instantly provides at least one “citation”…

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earned_media

        This is the “tip of the iceberg”. If you actually research “paid social media commentators” a plethora of examples are available for review. Apparently you haven found any because you haven’t looked.

        This is well known by those who,have researched it. Who else would know? However, you are justified in asking “Well known by whom?”. Your own intellectual laziness justifies asking this question because obviously you are either too inept to research it for yourself, or you are simply too lazy, or (and this is what is most likely) you are only asking the question in frivolous rhetorical contention with absolutely no concern for knowing the truth. What a fool you seem to enjoy making of yourself!

        If you don’t agree with this, then provide citations…

        1. that you actually researched the subject.
        2. that no examples exist.
        3. that all those reported are not real.

        Provide citations for each please.

      • Yusef
        February 14, 2018 at 5:02 pm

        Thanks for attempting to respond to my request for a citation. Too bad you failed. Earned media does not fit the description of what you and AD have alleged MikeCA is doing. Earned media is not someone being paid to troll. Earned media is someone or some organization gaining a reputation and/or following through some means they don’t own or control. It is differentiated from owned media and traditional advertising. MikeCA could be said to be engaging in earned media– I’ve read his comments and am impressed by them and might be willing to read more or visit some of the other places he’s posting. (By the way, I originally came to this site in 2010 or 2011 after reading AD’s comments elsewhere and following a link AD provided.) That having been said, it in no way implies MikeCA is being paid to post. He’s obviously not a troll, either. He happens to disagree with this specific post and he’s giving good reasons for doing so. That’s not trolling. That’s absurd. Another thing: asking for a citation isn’t lazy. People who make accusations such as the ones you and AD are making should be willing to provide good support for their factuality.

        This thing about someone being a paid troll…Sure, I’ve heard that accusation before. It is easier to make a charge like that than to deal with what they are saying. You are very heavy with the ad hominem attacks, NBTM. That’s a lazy and sloppy way to argue. You don’t know a damned thing about me.

        Who employs the paid trolls? How much does a paid troll make? What kind of revenue could a paid troll generate? If the organizations who pay trolls are not businesses in search of revenue or profit, what are they after and how worthwhile would it be to target a site such as this, with limited traffic and appeal, for such treatment? If MikeCA was a paid troll, what effect or result do you allege he’s having on you or others or me for that matter? The whole idea seems absurd, ridiculous.

      • hoipolloi
        February 16, 2018 at 9:27 am

        Many corporations, embassies, lobbying groups have employees in their press offices and public relations who would monitor electronic and print media and try to steer the discussion in a particular direction. They may outsource this job so as to be anonymous. This may happen with the bloggers themselves.

  8. Yusef
    February 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    AD:

    “The memo for all its issues, explicitly says that the FBI investigation into the Trump presidential campaign in 2016 was initiated based on sketchy and politically biased sources. In other words, it suggest that the investigation into “Russiagate” and Trump-Russia and Trump-Putin connections is a witch-hunt conducted by people in FBI (and deep-state) who want Trump to resign or be impeached. As many of you might realize, this is precisely what a majority of american who are not partisan democrats have come to believe over the last year.”

    MikeCA:

    ” The memo itself is weak tea, and now it is obvious that the main point of the memo was a fabrication. None of that matters because no one bought into Trump is paying attention to what the memo says. They are buying the packaging, not the product.”

    Okay, clear this up for me: is the memo substantive, clearly showing the FBI investigations are just a witch-hunt? Or is the memo a piece of fluff revealing nothing of substance about the FBI investigation?

    You people do understand to make an allegation or suggestion isn’t to provide evidence, do you not? So if you think the FBI memo is substantive, please show me what evidence the memo contains, not the opinions or suggestions of evidence.

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