The obsession the media and the Democrats have in attempting to connect Donald Trump and Russia has led to what the President has referred to as a “witch hunt” against General Michael Flynn, who has already been driven from the Trump administration over a meeting that Flynn had with a Russian ambassador.
The charge that President Trump and his team were working with Russia are dynamite, and the Democrat’s opposition has been nothing less than incendiary, with some Democratic lawmakers actually using the word treason to describe Flynn’s dealings with Russia.
Meanwhile, the months of claims and counter-claims on both sides have led to confusion on the part of the American people as to what the truth is.
A closer look at the media’s tactics that are keeping Flynn in the headlines reveals, however, that the press is literally recycling the same story in some cases, turning the people’s thirst for real news into a microwaved mess of a story that may be bringing in ratings, but doesn’t help to clear things up for the public.
Take the lead paragraphs of a story that came out today (April 2, 2017) with the headline “Michael Flynn initially did not disclose Russian-linked payments.”
Just that headline alone makes it seem like Gen. Flynn’s “Russian-linked payments” are some secret he’s kept hidden until now. However, a closer examination shows that the story of Flynn’s paid trip to Russia in December, 2015 has been well publicized for months.
The article’s opening two paragraphs contribute to the impression that Flynn has been hiding something (emphasis added):
Michael Flynn, President Trump’s first National Security Adviser who resigned after 24 days on the job, failed initially to disclose payments he received from Russian-linked firms, financial disclosure forms released by the Trump administration on Saturday reveal.
In the initial filing submitted in February, Flynn does not list payments from RT, the Russian state-owned television station or other Russian-backed firms. In an amended disclosure filed Friday, Flynn lists a number of Russian-backed companies – including RT – and notes he received speaking fees.
Anyone who hasn’t been following this story VERY closely will be left with the idea from the article’s lead and headline that there’s something sneaky going on with General Flynn and Russia that is only coming to light now.
However, the impression would be false, because the underlying facts of the story–the idea that Flynn was paid to attend an event by RT– have been public for months.
As The Daily Beast (among others) reported way back in July of last year, Flynn’s paid speaking gig with RT was well-known and widely reported. The Beast reported on July 25, 2016:
Officials also noted Trump’s own connections to the Russian government. Putin has publicly praised the nominee, who said he was “honored” by the compliment. Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was a consultant for Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine who was ousted for his pro-Moscow orientation (and now lives in Russia). One of Trump’s top national security advisers, retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn, sat with Putin at a dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of Kremlin-backed media network RT and was paid to give a speech at the event
But the reporting on Flynn’s speaking engagement with Russia-backed RT goes back further than July.
On March 3rd, 2016—over a year ago—the Beast reported that:
One of Trump’s top national security advisers, retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn, sat with Putin at a dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of Kremlin-backed media network RT and was paid to give a speech at the event;
But even that story wasn’t a shock because RT themselves posted a video interview with Gen. Flynn speaking at the RT event…back on December 28, 2015. That’s 15 months ago.
So what’s really going on here?
To understand the media pile-on against Russia that’s been led by Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Republicans like John McCain, you need to remember one very important fact about Russia; it has helped defeat the Islamist “rebels” who have caused the Syrian refugee crisis and destroyed Syria in an attempt to create an Islamic caliphate.
The media has sided with both establish Democrats like Obama and Clinton and establishment Republicans like McCain and Graham who have pushed the idea that supporting “moderate Muslims” in Syria was a good use of American taxpayer dollars. These foreign policy choices have created a disaster for Syria and the world, and the media has been cheerleading them along the way.
The country who was fighting the Islamic terrorists wasn’t the United States… it was Russia.
This is a shocking upside-down reality created by the Obama/Clinton/McCain Syria policy that has been backed by the CIA. Pieces of this story came out, such as this Politico story from October, 2015 titled McCain accuses Russia of attacking CIA-backed Syrian rebels:
Russia on Thursday escalated its military engagement in Syria, with warplanes carrying out a second day of heavy airstrikes in the wartorn country, as U.S. critics hurled fresh accusations at Vladimir Putin’s intentions in the region.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, said that Russia is not focused on bombing Islamic State targets, and accused the country of targeting CIA-backed rebels seeking to topple Moscow’s ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“It’s interesting their initial strikes were against the individual and the groups that have been funded and trained by our CIA,” said McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, on CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday morning. The hawkish senator said he can confirm Russia’s targets because of communications with people over there.
Once you realize that the CIA, McCain, Clinton and Obama all pushed the United States into backing such a huge foreign policy debacle, it makes all the sense in the world that they would join forces to go after Russia… and anyone else who wants a policy of standing up to radical Islam.
Consider what General Flynn said at that event in Russia in December, 2015… and how it might have gone over with establishment and deep state allies like Obama, Clinton, McCain and the CIA:
Michael Flynn: Let’s get real. There’s a phrase that I love, it’s “Truth fears no questions.” And one of the things we have to do is to just be brutally, brutally honest with ourselves about this sort of political correctness of how we are calling a religion out, calling a large segment of society out. The Arab community, the leaders in the Muslim world, the leading imams and the leading clerics in the Muslim world must call this enemy out.
Sophie: They have. I don’t think it’s working.
Flynn: No, they have not in the way that they need to.
This is where the real fight is. The media has helped to create a smokescreen so that the American people will keep their blinders on about the destruction caused by these elites.