Thursday, March 28, 2019

Glenn Greenwald: Trump Mueller Probe Is "Saddest Media Spectacle I've Ever Seen"

Greenwald hits a towering home run with this rant.
Greenwald said no matter what how people try to move the goalposts the fact is, as 'The New York Times' Monday headline notes, Robert Mueller found no collusion between Trump and Russia. 
Greenwald said, "The whole thing was a scam and a fraud from the beginning." "This is the saddest media spectacle I’ve ever seen, since I began practicing journalism in 2005," Greenwald said. 
"And what makes it even sadder is to watch all of the people who vested their journalistic credibility into what proved to be a complete and total fraud and scam continue to try and cling to some vestige of credibility by continuing to spin conspiracy theories that are even more reckless and more unhinged than the ones to which we’ve been subjected for three years." 
"The whole thing was a scam and a fraud from the beginning. And The New York Times headline today says that as clearly as it can: Robert Mueller finds no collusion between Trump and Russia. That was the focal point of the entire narrative, no matter how much people try and change the focus," Greenwald said. 
"It’s time to stop these dangerous conspiracy theories that are ratcheting up tensions between the two most dangerous countries on the planet," he said. Greenwald predicted that there would be no reckoning for the media like there was for press coverage of the runup to the Iraq War. 
Greenwald said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is the Judy Miller of Russiagate, but instead of being fired she will continue at her $10 million a year perch. 
"Rachel Maddow and MSNBC are the Judy Millers of this story, except, unlike Judy Miller, who was scapegoated for doing things that her male colleague did and had her career destroyed, Rachel Maddow will continue to make $10 million a year for NBC because she’s their most valuable brand, and there will be no reckoning and consequences for this story that the media got radically, fundamentally and deliberately wrong for almost three years now in a very dangerous way," he said. 
"It was just a conspiracy theory. Rachel Maddow, the most influential liberal TV host in the country, every single night misled millions of liberals into believing something that was totally false, and there will be no media consequences for it. And that is extremely grave and serious, no matter how much is true about how corrupt Donald Trump is in his financial dealings or any of the other stuff that people are now trying to deflect our attention onto," Greenwald lamented. 
Greenwald also said it is complete idiocy to say Trump is a Russian stooge because of all the actions he has taken that are adverse and belligerent to the Russians. 
"How can you say Donald Trump is a stooge of the Kremlin when he’s right now trying to remove one of Vladimir Putin’s client regime states in Venezuela? Or when he’s trying to bully Angela Merkel out of buying Russian natural gas, probably the thing that’s most important to the Russian economy? Or when he sold lethal arms to the Ukrainians, something Obama refused to do on the grounds that it would be provocative to Russia? Or when he bombed Putin’s client state in Syria?" Greenwald asked. 
"Over and over, the Trump administration has taken actions far more adverse and aggressive and belligerent to the Russians than the Obama administration did," he said. "That’s why this whole narrative that Trump all along was being blackmailed by Putin, that he’s an asset of Russian intelligence, this is idiocy. It is completely irrational. It is contrary to all facts."

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